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Published: 09/02/2014
Randall Gann, Public Information Officer National Hispanic Cultural Center Cell Phone: 505-252-6869 Email:

Seen But Not Heard: Four Love Stories

A Film Exploring Sept. 11 and the Undocumented Immigrant Experience
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is proud to announce a screening of the moving and important 2002 documentary, Seen But Not Heard: Four Love Stories. The film follows the lives of four Mexican woman and their children after their husbands and boyfriends lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Filmed in New York and Mexico, the documentary traces the effects of the tragedy on the lives of the women who must confront their heartbreak amid questions over legal status. The film, directed by independent filmmaker Calogero Salvo, explores how the women responded to the aftermath and the national security issues that followed as they worked to survive in an uncertain future. As their stories unfold, it becomes apparent that while these immigrants have come to the U.S. to work in order to provide a better future for their families, they are also making a valuable contribution to American society. The screening is Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm in the Bank of America Theatre. This is a free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show at the NHCC box office.

Following the screening, the NHCC and the George I. Sanchez Society will hold a panel discussion on the current state of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and New Mexico.

Moderator: Regina Ruiz, KOAT-TV, reporter
Panelists include:
Marcela Diaz, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, executive director
Mario Zuniga, long-time educator
Russell Contreras, Associated Press, immigration reporter, former NYC resident

The event is co-sponsored by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (New Mexico chapter), and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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