CreatorHBO Films presents ; a Maya Pictures/Amicas Entertainment production ; with Y.O.Y. Productions ; an Edward James Olmos film ; directed by Edward James Olmos ; screenplay by Marcus De Leon and Ernie Contreras and Timothy J. Sexton ; story by Victor Villaseñor ; produced by Lisa Bruce ; an Esparza/Katz production ; in association with Olmos Productions, Inc
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Alexa Vega, Michael Peña, Yancey Arias, Laura Harring, Efren Ramirez, David Warshofsky, Holmes Osbourne, Tim DeKay, Tonantzin Esparza, Bodie Olmos, Veronica A. Diaz, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jonathan Hernandez, Fidel Gomez, Douglas Spain, Marisol Crisostomo-Romo, Germaine De Leon, Carmen Corral, David Devora, Jesse Garcia, Pablo Santos
Director of photography, Donald M. Morgan ; editor, Michael McCusker ; music by Rosino Serrano ; production designer, Carlos Barbosa
Based on a true story, the film describes how L.A.'s public schools treat Mexican-American students in 1968, with a mixture of negligence, apathy, and occasional cruelty. Graduation rates are low, students caught speaking Spanish in class are paddled on the spot, they are denied access to bathrooms at lunch. Paula Crisostomo is smart and gets good grades, but when she attends a student leadership conference at a wealthy Westside facility, she begins to see the bigger cultural picture. With inspiration from a sympathetic young teacher, Sal Castro, Paula becomes a major force in organizing huge walkouts from five East L.A. schools.
Originally broadcast by HBO as a made-for-television motion picture on March 18, 2006.
Special feature: Audio commentaries with director Edward James Olmos and producer Moctesuma Esparza [optional audio feature]; Audio commentary with writers Ernie Contreras and Marcus De Leon [optional audio feature]; Audio commentary with writer Timothy Sexton [optional audio feature].
DVD; Region 1; 5.1 stereo surround, 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 16:9 (1.85:1).
In English or dubbed Spanish with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, or French; closed-captioned.
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