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  • 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.


  • We lost our legacy -- Chicano leadership -- Chilapina -- Agitators -- Be sensible -- Que viva La Raza -- Get organized -- Walkout -- Proud? -- Beautiful day -- Never give up -- Chicano power
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