Latino/a Studies 25 Year Anniversary: Documentary Film Series

Sep 11, 2019 · Nacuya Rucker

Join the University Library as we celebrate 25 years of U.S. Latino/a Studies (USLS) on Iowa State University's campus with an intriguing documentary film series.

The series, which begins Thursday, Sept. 19, will span the course of four weeks and highlight stories related to the Latinx experience and history. Films are followed by in-depth Q&As with members of Iowa State faculty.

Films will be shown from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Parks Library Room 198 – located east/right from the main desk and east/right of the IT Solutions Center.

For specific questions regarding the film festival, please contact Susan Vega-Garcia, University Library Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Inclusion and Equity, at

For more events and information celebrating this anniversary, visit the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures website or email

Thursday, Sept. 19
"abUSed: The Postville Raid"
Directed by Luis Argueta, 2012

Presents the devastating effects of US Enforcement Immigration policies on communities, families and children. The film tells the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States and serves as a cautionary tale of government abuses.

Q&A to follow with Dr. Megan Myers

Thursday, Sept. 26
"Stolen Education"
Directed by by Enrique Alemán, Jr., and Rudy Luna, 2013

This film documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950’s and changed the face of education in the Southwest.

Q&A to follow with Dr. Brian Behnken

Thursday, Oct. 3
"Voices from Mariel"
Directed by James Carleton, 2011

Watch as the director recounts the story of 5 individuals who come to the United States from Cuba in the 1980 boat crisis from the Mariel Port.

Q&A to follow with Dr. Lucía M. Suárez

Thursday, Oct. 10
"The Last Colony: A Meditation on Puerto Rico’s Political Status"
Directed by Juan Agustín Márquez 2015

The Last Colony is an in-depth exploration of Puerto Rico’s political status and its unique relationship to the United States.

Q&A to follow with Dr. José Rosa