The feature-length documentary "East LA Interchange" follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. The film shows how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America that threatened to destroy their proud community.
The documentary features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina L??pez (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).
This amazing story, eight years in the making, will have its World Premiere at the Downtown Film Festival L.A. on July 26th at 3pm at the Regent Theater, 448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90013. http://www.dffla.org/
East LA Interchange tells the story of how one neighborhood found its political voice in its fight against the largest freeway interchange system in the nation. Though there are different issues today, these activist residents are still organizing and speaking out for their rights as a working-class, immigrant, community of color.
The film asks if Boyle Heights as we know it will survive the next round of challenges from environmental pollution, industrialization, development and gentrification. East LA Interchange provides a compelling look at what the future of America can be if communities like Boyle Heights work together to secure our nation's pledge of providing justice for all.