On March 17th we held a screening for Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery at Raleigh Studios’ Chaplin Theater.
The film received tears of joy and a rousing standing ovation from the audience. In attendance were people who worked on the film, friends of . . . → Read More: Audience Responds to Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery!
In this scene, Walter’s perceptions of his grandfather change dramatically as he learns more about Emilio’s turbulent past. Tata was not a simple country boy who came to America looking for a job. He was a revolutionary who fought alongside Praxedis Guerrero against the . . . → Read More: Video Clip: Walter’s Understanding of Tata Takes a Dramatic Turn
One of Mexico’s great 19th century liberal heroes – General Porfirio Díaz – took power as President of the Mexican Republic in 1876. With almost continual control of the nation as President from 1876 until he was forced into exile in 1911, a period . . . → Read More: Video – Mexico in the Era of Porfirio Diaz
Walter’s search for his ancestors takes him to the streets of Leon, Guanajuato where he makes an unexpected discovery.
Francisco, caretaker of what was the hacienda Los Altos de Ibarra, explains to Walter the reasons why Praxedis would leave his privileged life, and embark on a dangerous journey to bring dictator Porfirio Diaz to his knees.
. . . → Read More: Video – Why Praxedis Left the Hacienda
Through Praxedis, Emilio became deeply involved in the revolutionary activities of the Partido Liberal Mexicano. The PLM was a political party dedicated to establishing a society based on economic equality, workers rights and self-determination. The PLM was founded and led by Ricardo Flores Magon.
. . . → Read More: Video – Ricardo Flores Magon and the PLM
Cliotilde Guerrero convinced her parents, the owners of the hacienda Los Altos de Ibarrra, to take in the five year old runaway boy, Emilio. Cliotilde took it upon herself to look after him during the years he lived and worked at the hacienda. They . . . → Read More: Video – Tata and Cliotilde
Like most people of Mexican origin, Emilio was from a mixed lineage of European and Indigenous people. As Emilio’s grandson Walter begins his journey of discovery, he encounters a powerful Aztec ceremony in the historic center of Mexico City which was once known as . . . → Read More: Video – Aztec Ceremony in Mexico City
Emilio Hernandez was mentored by Praxedis Guerrero, who would become one of the architects and heroes of the Mexican Revolution. Both grew up together in the same sprawling hacienda. Emilio was a homeless boy laborer while Prax was the privileged but rebellious son of . . . → Read More: Video – Emilio & Praxedis G. Guerrero
Tata, (Emilio Nieves Hernandez) was a Methodist minister. He worked tirelessly from 1915 until 1973 with Mexican immigrants from the agricultural camps and urban barrios of Southern California and Arizona. He dedicated himself to social and economic issues plaguing poor and disadvantaged families, and . . . → Read More: Video – About Emilio N. Hernandez