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VivaFest! takes center stage at The Tech Museum

Press Release Date 
Monday, 19 September, 2011
Arizona law SB 1070 – the law which not only requires immigrants to have documentation on them at all times, but makes undocumented immigrants a misdemeanor crime and requires that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual's immigration status during a lawful stop, detention or arrest – has thrown Latinos into a harsh spotlight. Latinos are now speaking out to show their contributions to American society and showing naysayers that they're just like anyone else in America. With the recent negative commentary about immigrants and the Latino population in general, many Latinos have taken their voices and had their say through art and film. Individuals such as Dionisio Ceballos, Los Lobos and Eva Longoria are trying to change the way Latinos are perceived in America's eyes. The Harvest is a story of children who work more than twelve hours a day, six months a year in unbearable conditions without the protection of child labor laws. More than 400,000 migrant child workers travel from state to state, picking produce we rely on daily. Many of these children are American citizens who are working to help their families survive while sacrificing their childhood. Longoria served as executive producer of the film, made by Ceballos. The Harvest will be screened and Latin culture takes center stage during a fiesta of Mexican culture, music, food and fun when The Tech Museum celebrates VivaFest! The Tech Museum will help in the exploration of Mexican culture and customs as they offer a range of events for a full week in mid-September. Join us September 22 at 7 p.m., as filmmaker Dionisio Ceballos kicks off VivaFest with a panel discussion about Latinos in the aftermath of SB 1070, the Tucson Shootings and how Latinos are portrayed through the media. The panel, including members of Los Lobos, NPR reporter Richard Gonzales, President and CEO of MALDEF Thomas Saenz and founder of the Association of Hispanic Journalists, Olga Briseno, will also discuss how art provides a voice for Latinos nationwide. VivaFest! begins September 19 and goes through September 24, starting off with the IMAX film Mexico. The film takes viewers on an adventure through three millennia of Mexico's culture. This is followed by a viewing and Q & A with filmmaker Ruben Martinez on "When Worlds Collide," a documentary on the merge between Spain's settlers and Western Hemisphere's society on September 20th. Visitors may also experience Mexican culture firsthand from September 21st to 23rd as The Tech Museum hosts Mexican Folkloric Dance and Mariachi shows and workshops. About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum-located in the Capital of Silicon Valley -is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.