The USA Film Festival will present a special screening of the documentary film “Santos Vive” on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Texas Theatre in Dallas. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
“Santos Vive” is a new documentary that details the history of Little Mexico, the first major Mexican American community in Dallas, Texas, and the impact that the tragic murder of 12-year old Santos Rodriguez by a Dallas police officer in 1973 has had on the city of Dallas.
The events that followed changed the Dallas culture in numerous and important ways, including the establishment of a more diverse police department, greater oversight of the department, and increased political advocacy for Dallas’ growing Mexican-American community. Using archival news footage, interviews with members of Santos Rodriguez’s family, historians and community leaders, filmmaker Byron Hunter has created an enduring remembrance of Santos Rodriguez and his murder that will help to ensure that future generations continue to learn from our history. To view the film’s trailer, click here.
About The Filmmaker
Byron Hunter, a native of Dallas, Texas, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer who has produced more than a dozen documentaries for network and cable television networks. He has also worked with numerous national organizations to produce films and television projects that focus on human rights and global diversity. Some of his honored film projects include "The Lessons of Hayti," winner of Best Documentary at the 2013 Harlem International Film Festival, and "Universal Babe," winner of the Buzz Award at the 2018 Frozen Film Festival and an Official Selection at the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival in New York City.
About The Santos Vive Project
The "Santos Vive Project" is a joint collaboration between Human Rights Dallas, the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Urban Aggregate, LLC. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the tragic murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in 1973 and to raise funds for a memorial to honor Santos, a documentary about his life, and to provide the family with much needed financial support. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.
About The USA Film Festival
The USA Film Festival is a 49-year-old Dallas-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include the annual KidFilm® Festival, a 41-year-old International Short Film Competition; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each Spring. Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to bring together audiences and filmmakers for a “live cinema” experience. For more information, visit www.usafilmfestival.com.
The USA Film Festival Presents:
The Premiere Screening of “Santos Vive”
Tuesday, July 24
231 W. Jefferson Boulevard