Border Patrol

Whether you boycotted Cinco de Mayo or spent it in a tequila-fueled sueño, oblivious to actual Mexican-American culture and sociopolitical issues, solace will come at the Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival, presented free to the public by the Arizona Humanities Council. Arizona State University professor and award-winning filmmaker Espinosa will be present for discussions, along with other big-time brainy academic types who can remind us what's really at stake.

It all commences Friday, May 7, with a 6 p.m. coffee and dessert reception hosted by ASU's Department of Transborder Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies, followed by a screening at 7 of The Lemon Grove Incident, which documents the first successful U.S. school desegregation case -- in California in 1930. At 9, it's The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848 (no biggie, just why the border wound up where it is).

More betcha-didn't-know-that moments continue through Sunday, May 9, all at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Fri., May 7, 6 p.m., 2010
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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