Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Hector Galán speaks at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on October 27

Hector Galan

NHCC News:

¡Celebrando! Join the DCA at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 as they wrap up their Hispanic Heritage Month festivities with a free film screening and a special director’s keynote from famed and prolific documentary filmmaker Hector Galan.

Galán is one of the most prolific and passionate independent filmmakers. A Tejano from San Angelo, Galán cast his lens on the Latin American experience in the Southwest and New Mexico, bringing the culture and history of the Latin American experience to the screen.

He has contributed more than forty hours of programming to the PBS national television schedule, including eleven episodes for the provocative series, First linetwo programs for the PBS series The American Experienceand the famous four-part PBS series, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. A key part of this documentary was filmed on location in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico.

In addition to his numerous awards and accolades, Galán made history in 2016 by becoming the first documentary filmmaker inducted into the prestigious Texas Film Hall of Fame.

The event at the NHCC will include a speech by the director of Galán, as well as a screening of part of his series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. This is a free community event sponsored by United Way. Please register in advance.

This event will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception at the Salón Ortega, followed by the 7 p.m. screening of the film at the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theater and a closing speech by the director. The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s 10-acre campus is located at 1701 4th St. SW.

This event provides a remarkable finale to the Center’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, while ushering in a new wave of film, radio and television programming at the NHCC. Follow the NHCC on Facebook and instagram and subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about our upcoming announcements, including news about our upcoming film symposium in April 2023.

James C. Tibbs