Latino documentary on young leaders debuts Thursday
By Stephanie Lulay email@example.com September 10, 2013 8:38PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:28AM
AURORA — A documentary starring, directed and produced by young Aurora Latino leaders will debut this week to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.
“El Futuro!: A Documentary of Aurora’s Emerging Latino Leaders,” will premiere at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., in the city’s downtown.
City Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad said “El Futuro” will feature Aurora students and recent graduates discussing their success and struggles and young Latino leaders.
“They’re telling their stories, where they are now and where they want to go,” Muhammad said.
The documentary also highlights the diversity of Aurora’s Hispanic community: students of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Guatemalan and Venezuelan descent will be featured.
University of Illinois student Gilberto Chaidez, Aurora University student Barbara Hernandez, Aurora University master’s graduate Rosalinda Nino, Northern Illinois grad Isaac Palma, Columbia student Alexander Perez and Aurora University student Qocavib Revolorio are featured in the film.
The film is directed and produced by Perez. The event is hosted by West Aurora sophomore Meliton Chaidez.
The showing is free and open to the public.
The event and documentary are sponsored by Alderman Juany Garza, 2nd Ward; Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 7th Ward; State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora; the City of Aurora; the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and the Aurora Hispanic Pioneers Committee.