MALDEF “America, Our Home” Short Heads to CineMuestra GuadaLAjara Film Fest

 Compelling Short Film Features The Best of American Latino Patriotism.”  

MALDEF’s (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund) patriotic and poignant short film was accepted into CineMuestra GuadaLAjara, a film festival in Los Angeles, CA. America, Our Home is directed by Edgar Pablos, produced by David Damian Figueroa and features the photography of George Rodriguez. The music is by Ronstadt Generations with Mary Lou Fulton and Francisco Gonzalez. The film’s introduction is by Thomas A. Saenz.

America, Our Home is dedicated to the late actress and philanthropist Lupe Ontiveros and United Farm Workers’ Richard E. Chavez.

When MALDEFF announced its lawsuit against Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB1070 at the state capitol in Phoenix, President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz took with him an iconic delegation of Latino leaders, renewed as symbols of American perseverance, including Dolores Huerta, Arizona native Richard E. Chavez (brother of Cesar E. Chavez), and legendary recording artist, Linda Rondstadt. These leaders’ contributions to American progress stood in stark contrast to the anti-Latino environment in Arizona; and it was out of that contradiction that MALDEF was inspired to develop America, Our Home, a project to set the record straight and celebrate the Latino Legacy in the United States.

MALDEF staff works relentlessly each day to spread this message, but MALDEF needs your support to ensure that that message reaches every American in every state and municipality across the country.



MALDEF’s compelling short film featuring “The Star Spangled Banner” from a new collection of American patriotic songs recorded in Mexican musical styles by the group Ronstadt Generations, also titled “America, Our Home.” The film is directed by Edgar Pablos and features the photography of George Rodríguez, well-known for photographing key moments in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

The Project:

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CineMuestra GuadaLAjara’s film showcase schedule will be announced during the first week of October 1st. Stay tuned with full details and instructions on how to reserve a seat. MALDEF thanks Carmen Cervantes and Gabriel Sotomayor of the University of Guadalajara. 

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