Free screening of docudrama set at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Office of Student Activities Social Hall - 11/17/16 - 11/17/16

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


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The Multicultural Heritage Committee at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Los Angeles-based Chasing Light Pictures, LLC are bringing acclaimed docudrama Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, to campus for a free public screening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Office of Student Activities Social Hall, 1119 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave.

Following the film, there will be a question and answer session with filmmaker Walter Dominguez and Dr. Ward S. Albro, Texas A&M-Kingsville professor emeritus of history and author. Albro served as chief historical consultant for the film.

Written and directed by Dominguez, Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, has won numerous awards and won over multi-ethnic audiences and gained tremendous grassroots interest and support.

Critics describe the film as personal, powerful and inspirational. The film follows Dominguez’s decade-long quest to find crucial missing pieces in the life of his grandfather, the Rev. Emilio Hernandez. During his search, Dominguez learned about the wider historical forces that compelled his grandfather to emigrate from Mexico to the United States at the turn of the last century and enabled him to locate his long-lost family of origin in Mexico.

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery is an unforgettable journey into the past that vividly celebrates the family, history and culture that shape us.

 “We are so excited and proud to present this film here. One of our priorities and goals is to bring great films that speak from the unique perspectives of filmmakers outside the Hollywood studio mainstream and that authentically reflect the histories, cultures and values of our amazingly diverse communities,” said Elizabeth Laurence, coordinator of the Multicultural Heritage Committee.

“Our university is located in the heart of South Texas and the Multicultural Heritage Committee is playing an important role in celebrating our rich multi-ethnic heritage and in forming strong bonds, and connections with the diverse surrounding communities and serving them too. Tejano communities have been here in Texas since the 17th century and more recent Mexican immigrants since the mid-19th century. This film honors this Spanish-speaking heritage here in the Southwestern United States.”

The executive producer of the film is Shelley Morrison, who starred as Rosario in NBC’s comedy series Will and Grace. She took on the role of producing Weaving the Past in order to ensure the film, which required 13 years to complete, was made with its original vision intact.

“For the filmmaker Walter Dominguez, who also happens to be my husband, it was an emotional, spiritual and transformative journey as he uncovered the secrets and people of his grandfather’s early life. It changed our lives and those who see the film will find their lives deeply affected too,” Morrison said.

Weaving the Past already has generated an aura of excitement and enthusiasm in the Latino/Mexican-American community and the remarkable thing is that the film also crosses over and reaches people of all ethnic backgrounds,” she said. “People will discover that this is a meaningful way to reconnect with their own heritage and come away with a deeper appreciation of their own family history and culture and that of their neighbors next door.” 

About the Multicultural Heritage Committee

The Multicultural Heritage Committee at Texas A&M-Kingsville is dedicated to bringing high quality, engaging multi-cultural events to students, faculty and alumni as well as to the wider general public in South Texas. 

About Chasing Light Pictures LLC

Chasing Light Pictures LLC has as its mission to bring the untold stories of the history, struggles and achievements of Mexican-American and Latino immigrants and their descendants to audiences in the United States and elsewhere.

For more information about Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery with the website at www.weavingthepast.com or the Facebook page at Facebook.com/Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery. For more information about the event, call 361-593-2760.

-TAMUK-