Tuesday, September 09, 2008

American Experience: Roberto Clemente wins ALMA prize

Bernardo Ruiz's Documentary for PBS American Experience: Roberto Clemente was awarded the ALMA prize by the Latino Media of the US NCLR (National Council of La Raza) for best documentary depicting a Latino nationwide. The awards ceremony will be broadcast Friday Sept 12 on ABC at 8pm.

From the interview:

What do you hope audiences will take away from your film?

I hope that people walk away with a deeper sense of the man. I think we've made a very unusual film. It's an historical film on one level but it's also a deeply spiritual film. Clemente was a deeply committed activist and humanitarian, and I hope people take that aspect of his legacy and walk away with an understanding of what's possible.

I also hope it opens up the space for more Latino biographies, and more stories for people who are both of this country and not of this country. I think that's an increasingly important story: people who could be considered immigrant in some light, people who are of many cultures.

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