On Two Fronts
On Two Fronts, a one-hour documentary with a former working title of La Batalla (The Battle) was broadcast in September 2015. The film examines the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, at home and in Vietnam. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. Their stories and important others are told through interviews, contemporary and archival footage, and an array of documentary evidence, to illustrate the sacrifices Latinos made while staking claims to full participation in American life. Some did so by fighting in Vietnam, others by fighting against the war and still others were forced to choose sides, for this was a war that disproportionately called Latino youths to serve. For the first time, many said no. This grant also supported station-based screening events and a social media campaign that focused on (1) bringing Latino audiences to the documentary broadcast and on-line streaming; (2) generating support, across the country and within the four targeted communities, for Latino and other veterans seeking access to educational, health and economic resources; (3) connecting 31 Latino Vietnam and more recent war veterans for their mutual benefit; and (4) raising awareness nationally about the contributions of Latino veterans to our country.