Ruben Salazar: you’ve probably never heard of him? No, he’s not some hipster, but a Chicano journalist who died under mysterious circumstances in a Los Angeles bar.
As Camille Taiara of El Tecolote notes, his name is well-known in ethnic studies departments, but not really elsewhere, despite his work in exposing police brutality against Latinos in Los Angeles.
It certainly took a lot for Cesar Chávez to finally garner the recognition he deserved in this country. But the fact that Rubén Salazar, a contemporary of Chávez, remains largely unknown outside university Raza Studies programs attests to just how far we still have to go before non-Anglo Americans’ experiences are finally truly integrated into our collective historical consciousness.
Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle, a new documentary premiering in San Francisco thanks to the efforts of a collective of local Latino cinephiles Colectivo Cinema Errante, takes an important step in the right direction.
It’s well worth a read and also worth watching it on the big screen.
Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle has been picked up by PBS, but San Francisco audiences will have the opportunity to see it first, on the big screen, on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m., at the Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco. (415) 863-1087. $10.