IFFLA 2016 Announces National Award Winners!

IFFLA 2016 Announces National Award Winners!

Vetri Maaran’s seering portrait of police brutality and corruption, VISAARANAI, scored Best Tamil Film, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor; Bhaskar Hazarika’s collection of four wonderously twisted fables, KOTHANODI, won Best Assamese Film; Neeraj Ghaywan won Best Debut Director for MASAAN, a tale of two intertwining stories set along the Ganges; and Nishant Roy Bombarde scored Best Debut Director for his short film THE THRESHOLD, an LGBT film about a young boy exploring his sexuality and gender identity.

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La Opinion Warns 'Against Trump'

La Opinion Warns ‘Against Trump’

The most powerful country in the world is at risk of sliding – through democratic elections – into an authoritarian, racist, divisive, aggressive and belligerent regime.

To Latinos, Trump is a candidate who has insulted their community and whose political campaign has been based on promoting hostility towards them and on the chimerical idea of deporting all undocumented immigrants.

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IFFLA 2016, A Sign Of The Times? Women, Freedom Of Expression & Politics Take Center Stage

IFFLA 2016, A Sign Of The Times? Women, Freedom Of Expression & Politics Take Center Stage

The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles echoes a familiar ring of glamour and excitement featuring a glitzy red carpet opening at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year as in the past 13 years filmmakers, actors and guests will glaze the carpet in anticipation of an evening of fun that will transport them to another place and time in the rich culture and heritage of Bollywood.

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Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph's Day Celebration

Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph’s Day Celebration

New Orleans-The Italian American Marching Club motto is Pride in Our Heritage. The organization exist to Keep Italian Heritage Alive in New Orleans. The group held a Pre-St. Joseph’s Day Pasta Party on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

One of the Grand Ballrooms was festively decorated for the occasion. Several hundred people were in attendance for this annual event, the world’s largest pasta dish, a huge bowl of Pasta Con Sardi, a traditional St. Joseph’s Day Feast Day meatless dish.

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SMITHSONIAN, ARAB MUSEUM UNITE TO DIGITIZE 1960s ORAL HISTORY SOUND RECORDINGS OF ARAB IMMIGRANTS

SMITHSONIAN, ARAB MUSEUM UNITE TO DIGITIZE 1960s ORAL HISTORY SOUND RECORDINGS OF ARAB IMMIGRANTS

DEARBORN, Mich.– Pioneering social scientist and researcher Dr. Alixa Naff set out in 1962 to document the personal experiences of Arab immigrants to the United States with only her reel-to-reel tape recorder, a grant of $1,000, her blue Volkswagen Beetle nicknamed “the camel” and a team of graduate students to assist.

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Why Should Trump Disavow Racists, If the GOP Cannot?

Why Should Trump Disavow Racists, If the GOP Cannot?

The latest fad in GOP circles is that when a GOP candidate, an elected official, or some GOP connected notable makes a racist crack, dig, slur is to issue a pious, indignant statement denouncing the racist quip or act. The new GOP fad was on ample display when Trump refused to denounce former Klan Kleagle David Duke’s endorsement, nor any other support from the Klan. Yes, he stared down, a supporter wearing a Klan lettered tee shirt at a campaign rally, but that’s somehow not quite the same as a full throated tirade against the Klan. Trump won’t do that. But then again why should he? Fad, and hand wringing knocks against Trump for mute silence on the Klan from the GOP, won’t change the fact that Trump is simply taking his cue from his party.

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From DACA Recipient to Rocket Engineer

From DACA Recipient to Rocket Engineer

Henry Yi (not his real name) is studying mechanical engineering and dreams of working for NASA. The 19-year-old UC Berkeley student says he couldn’t have done it without his parents – not only because of the sacrifices they made to bring him to the United States, but because they helped him apply for a program that has changed his life.


Yi, who declined to use his real name to protect his family, says it was his parents who first told him about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, announced in 2012, grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation and access to a work permit.


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The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Film Lineup

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2016) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6 is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Gala tickets and passes are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films will go on sale on March 18, 2016.

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Today We Naturalize, Tomorrow We Vote

Today We Naturalize, Tomorrow We Vote

SAN JOSE – Hoang Truong says becoming a U.S. citizen gave him “the key” to unlocking a better life.

“When we become a U.S. citizen,” he said, “we have the key — the key to the higher education door, the key to freedom, the key to vote, the key to do whatever we want.”

Truong, who came to the country seven years ago from Vietnam, said he was watching TV one day when he saw there was an upcoming free workshop in San Jose to help people apply for citizenship. With help from the local organization Asian Law Alliance, Truong and his family were able to get fee waivers so they didn’t have to pay the $680 naturalization fees.

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Supreme Court To Review Obama Executive Action On Immigration Roundtable Discusses Implication On Families

Feb 17, Anaheim, CA, New America Media host a media and community roundtable about the status of undocumented immigrant families and the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court review about President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Led by Odette Keeley, National Media Network Director speakers included legal experts and immigration advocates discussing what immigrant families should do now — and why this is a crucial time to act.

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