‘Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle’ documentary to be screened at Cal State L.A.

Screening followed by panel of experts, including film’s producer/director and Salazar’s daughter

What:         The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute for Public Affairs will host the only Los Angeles screening of the new PBS documentary “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” on Monday, April 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The screening takes place at Cal State L.A., just minutes away from where historic events in the pioneering journalist’s life, and his tragic death, took place.

The screening will be followed with discussion by a panel of experts: Phillip Rodriguez, the film’s producer and director; Dr. Felix F. Gutierrez professor, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Jesús Trevino, director and author; and Ruben Salazar’s daughter Stephanie Salazar Cook. The panel will be moderated by KPCC Reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

The documentary will premiere as a Special Presentation of VOCES ON PBS Tuesday, April 29, 9 p.m., ET (check local listings).                                                          

Summary:  At the heart of the documentary is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos—many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of how he was killed have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death.

Featuring material from recently released files obtained by the filmmaker, “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man and his times. The film includes interviews with Salazar’s friends, colleagues and family members, and his own words culled from personal writings.

When:        “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” will be screened Monday, April 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where:       The screening and panel will take place in Cal State L.A.’s University-Student Union Theatre. The university is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Free parking is available in the upper level of Parking Structure C. Click here for a campus map.

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