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Latino Employment and Unemployment

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $149.00
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Hispanic Americans. Employment. Ethnic groups.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Linda Cuellar. Narrated by Celso Martinez, Linda Cuellar. Color. Also available in 3/4 inch. 28 min.
  • Production Company: KLRN
  • Available from: Films for the Humanities and Sciences PO Box 2053 Princeton, NJ 08543 (800)257-5126
  • Cataloging: 305.8'68"073 Hispanic Americans - Employment||Unemployment - United States
  • Print Entry #: 4:370
  • Reviewer: David Hoppe

    Latino Employment and Unemployment, produced by KLRN, Public Television in San Antonio, Texas, provides an informative overview of the employment situation facing the burgeoning Latino community in the United States. Latinos in this country face a variety of obstacles on the road to achieving stable, rewarding, and well-paid work. This production effectively outlines the most pressing problems confronting Latinos.

    Some of the issues covered include immigration, language barriers, lack of effective education, and racism. The production uses the stories of individual Latinos to illuminate compelling statistical evidence describing the current state of Latino employment conditions. Examples are also given of individuals who, through government programs and personal initiative, have managed to carve niches for themselves in the larger US society. The video does not attempt to present a particular case or plan of action so much as it provides a snapshot of a challenging situation that will demand increasing attention and, the program makes clear, can be viewed as a tremendous opportunity for Latinos.

    Production values are clean and economical. The information presented is easily digestible. While this is a timely program, the quality and nature of the information should remain current for at least the near future. However, with luck and constructive public policy, this program will hopefully be valuable for archival purposes sooner rather than later.

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