War and Peace with filmmaker John J. Valdez in person

War & Peace tells the story of Mexican Americans and Latinos during World War II and its aftermath as they battle both fascism abroad and discrimination at home.  

Half a million Latinos fought on every front, in every battle and were stationed on every lonely outpost during the war. And while they experienced the same terror and death, boredom and camaraderie as other Americans, they also distinguished themselves in ways that shaped the outcome of the war and the history that would follow. In the Pacific, Guy Gabaldon, a marine private single handedly captured over 1,500 enemy combatants; more than anyone in American military history. While the war raged overseas, Los Angeles was being torn apart, by brutal riots aimed at Latino youth. In Houston, Macario Garcia, a returning veteran, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman, was refused service at a local diner, causing a national uproar. In Corpus Christi, Hector Garcia, a doctor from South Texas, returned from service in North Africa and Italy to organize the American GI Forum, transforming himself into a tireless advocate for civil rights.

Service during the war years opened the way for Latinos to make unprecedented gains in civil rights at home, but the journey was far from over…

Runtime: 52 min. Watch clip here.

War and Peace is being shown in conjunction with ASU’s Comparative Border Studies. Click here for more info.

Cost: FREE for all guests.

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