Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 2011
72 min, DVCPro HD, Color

Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Why is studying Mexican culture and history controversial? What is Ethnic Studies? Why is the national dropout rate so high for Latino youth? The Dos Vatos Productions team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and to discover what actually happens in the classroom. Precious Knowledge had its world premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and is especially timely in light of the recent ban on Mexican American Studies in Tucson.

Regional Premiere

Ari PalosAri Luis Palos has directed and shot a number of films. Palos enjoys participating in Tucson's All Soul's Procession, a performance art extravaganza where he transforms into a dead vaquero to mourn and celebrate loved ones who have passed. He once rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle from Oaxaca, Mexico to a small factory in Nicaragua, just to smoke the world's finest cigar.

Producer: Eren McGinnis
Production Companies: Dos Vatos Productions
Cinematographer: Ari Palos
Editor: Jacob Bricca
Sound Design: Otto Helmuth
Music: Naim Amor
Cast: Curtis Acosta, Jose Gonzalez

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Precious Knowledge

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)