On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth.
Mylène Moreno, director of the film, said Latinos have served in all American wars.
“You can find Latinos in every American conflict dating back to the revolution,” Moreno told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. “They enlisted because there was a very strong tradition of serving proudly. The other side of that coin, they also did not have a lot of alternatives to service.”
Moreno said history also shows that military recruiters often targeted minorities. Her film tells the story of working-class students in Arizona who were told they could skip a pop quiz if they talk to a recruiter.
This program, produced by Souvenir Pictures Inc, is a presentation of Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with Latino Public Broadcasting, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Director and Producer Mylène Moreno
Cinematographer and Animator Claudio Rocha
With specially composed music by Chicano Batman
On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam premieres on KERA Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:00–10:30 p.m.