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Radio Audience Morphs into Activists: Break of Dawn

by Curtis Marez

Isaac Artenstein’s Break of Dawn (1988), which originally appeared on PBS, tells the story of Pedro J. Gonzalez, an activist broadcaster in 1930s Los Angeles who used radio to organize Mexican agricultural and other low-wage workers. Here we see dramatized the transition from radio audiences to political organizers in the context of repatriation and nativist violence. 

Mexican Audiences Morph into Activists: Break of Dawn

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This scene from Break of Dawn represents nativist violence and Mexican radio activism in the era of repatriation.

from Break of Dawn (1988)
Creator: Isaac Artenstein
Distributor: Vanguard Cinema
Posted by Curtis Marez