PBS Filmmaker John Valadez Visits Island University to Discuss, Screen ‘War and Peace’ Documentary

February 27, 2014

Turnbull Film Series

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – PBS Filmmaker John Valadez discussed and presented his one-hour documentary, “War and Peace” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The screening was presented by the College of Liberal Arts as  part of the History Area, Turnbull Film series.

“War and Peace” documents the story of Mexican-Americans and Latinos during World War II and its aftermath as they combat both dictatorship overseas and discrimination in their homeland. The film highlights Mexican-American heroes such as Dr. Hector P. Garcia and discusses the sacrifices Latino soldiers made during the war, only to be treated as second hand citizens upon their return home.  

“Looking at a civil rights timeline, you see no significant mention of Latinos; they don’t exist,” said Valadez. “I wanted to tell the story of our people and how they helped this country despite being discriminated against. We still have some ways to go, but have come a long way, and this film is a victory lap.”

This event was also made possible by the Mexican American Studies Program, and the Department of Communication & Media.