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Library screens Latino documentary

Feb. 25, 2013

Edit: March 5, 2013, please note new start time

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Rohrbach Library will host a screening of the documentary film "Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype," on March 12, at 5 p.m. in room 100B.

The documentary draws on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors and producers to examine the representations of Latinos in U.S. news and entertainment media. What it uncovers is astounding - a pattern of misrepresentation and under-representation that pervades a world where Latinos appear primarily as gangsters, Mexican bandits, harlots, prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.

"Latinos Beyond Reel" challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes and asks them to consider alternative representations capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos.

The film is produced and distributed by the Media Education Foundation in Northampton, Mass.