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"El Antillano" Documentary Screening at SRBCC

"El Antillano", the documentary on the life of Ramón Emeterio Betances is coming to Chicago for a screening and conversation with director Tito Román Rivera. Like Segundo Ruiz Belvis, Betances was an abolitionist and founded the secret society that bought and freed slave children. He was the primary instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution.

All proceeds of these two screenings will benefit SRBCC programs and Caserío Films, the independent production house behind Román Rivera's "El Antillano". There will be only 2 screenings on June 28, 2014 at our new space in Hermosa. Don't miss the critically acclaimed documentary that has been showing at commercial theaters in Puerto Rico since early May 2014. Director Tito Román Rivera will be present to discuss the film and engage the audience in a Q & A session.

Creating beauty in unlikely places is one of the goals of a unique Chicago charity. On the Near Northwest Side is a center of Puerto Rican life in the city where a forgotten urban space has received a facelift and is ready to inspire in the name of the hero it honors.

Designs 4 Dignity organizes designers and builders for projects that bring beauty to people who often have to do without. The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center has been an institution in Chicago's Puerto Rican community since 1971.

"If you think about a child or adult who doesn't have art in their life they are sort of living in bondage because art is designed to free the mind and once the mind is free all things are possible," said Luis Bermudez, SRSBCC executive director.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis believed in the true potential of slaves on Spanish-owned islands in the 18th century. He was a Puerto Rican patriot and member of the secret abolitionist society that bought and freed slave children particularly of African descent. Creating a safe place in tough circumstances for the flowering of the human mind is the kind of reform he'd likely have supported.

"We wanted to bring that spirit that hero who fought to free people," Bermudez said. Read the entire article here

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