An award-winning documentary to be shown at the Alice High School at 7 p.m., July 21, at no cost, was selected to screen at an international religious congress on human rights to be held Sept. 1 through 5 in Salamanca, Spain.
"We are very excited for two very important reasons," said writer-producer-director, Armando P. Ibáñez, O.P., a Southern Dominican friar.
"First, it is quite an honor to be invited to attend and screen our documentary in a Dominican congress about human rights, in celebration of the Dominican Order's 800th anniversary," he said.
South Texas Gentle Men of Steel - Los Padres, which was written, produced and directed by Ibanez, will be screened at the International Congress, entitled Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future.
"Equally important, we have been inspired to produce a new documentary about human rights," said Ibáñez, a native of San Diego and who grew up in Alice.
The new documentary will be produced by Pluma Pictures, Inc., which is the producer of Los Padres, a non-profit film production company dedicated to producing films about heroes and heroines. Los Padres is also produced by Prospect House Entertainment, which specializes in high quality feature films, stage musicals and documentaries and whose goal is to produce projects of distinction and innovation that maintain integrity and excellence.
"We are honored" about being invited to screen at Salamanca, said Tegan Summer, CEO, of Prospect House Entertainment. "And welcome the opportunity to reach a new and growing audience for our story."
Los Padres is about the end of an 82-year presence of Dominican friars in central South Texas, near Corpus Christi, with the departure in 2013 of the last two Dominican friars, Fathers Epifanio “Epi” Rodriguez, and Benito Retortillo. Dominican friars, headquartered in San Diego, had a powerful and lasting impact on the lives of many, especially on how their presence assisted many Mexican-Americans struggle against harsh racism, which bespeaks of the experiences of many in the Southwest.
Most recently, Los Padres, won the 2016 Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Other awards are: Award of Merit, Documentary Feature, awarded by The Accolade Global Film Competition; Gold Award, Documentary Feature, Gold Award, Directing and Gold Award, Animated Visuals, International Independent Film Awards; Award of Excellence, History/Biographical, and Award of Merit Special Mention, The IndieFest Film Awards; Best Documentary, iHolly: Next Generation Independent Film Festival; and Gold Remi Award, WorldFest Houston.