Multicultural Film Fest: 2 Americans

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Media hungry Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County Arizona, is proud of his title “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Arpaio, in his infamous “Tent City Jail,” houses over 2000 prisoners, requiring them to wear striped uniforms over pink underwear (that they hate) while working in sweltering summer heat chain gangs.   Jail food and health conditions have proven sub-standard as suits pile up against his office.

His publicity campaigns boast of as many as 200 appearances in a month promoting such phantoms as the Obama birth certificate cover-up conspiracy, controversial anti-illegal immigration SB1070, or defending himself against civil rights violation lawsuits, many challenging his pattern of racially profiling Latinos/Mexicans.  Sheriff Arpaio, supporting Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ strong enforcement of immigration law, has become the most sued sheriff in American history.  

On Tuesday, April 8th, the JHS Annual Multicultural Film Festival presents Two Americans.  This documentary considers the status of undocumented immigrants in light of Sheriff Arpaio’s civil rights violation practices, procedures, policies, and arrests of Mexican parents, Carlos and Sandra Figueroa.  Their arrests, a focal point of this film, exemplify reasons for a direct action campaign by MCSA (Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability).  Arpaio, in holding the Figueroas for deportation hearings, temporarily orphans their 9-year-old daughter, Katherine. Two Americans details these events.

Facilitator for the evening is Mr. Freddy Trujillo – singer, songwriter, bassist - who, hails from Simi Valley, CA, played with local L.A. acts, re-located to Portland, and released his acclaimed debut solo record Hawks & Highways - the intertwining of Native American and Chicano experiences.  Freddy's newest offering – Amexica –reflects his varied performances of all types of music studied, and written.  In Amexica, Trujillo pays homage to his Mexican heritage – lived and researched – to personal heroes, fallen friends, relationships, and his beloved family.  Mr. Trujillo’s expressions of Mexican experiences go beyond words and the dialogue of the evening.  Come: view Two Americans; join in the discussion and experience what it means to Trujillo  to be Mexican.  View Mr. Trujillo’s website at 

View Two Americans trailer here.

Our JHS Multicultural Film Festival presentation - Tuesday, April 8, 6 PM  is informative, family friendly, and FREE.  
North Portland Neighborhood Library, 512 N. Killingsworth Street


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