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FILM/DISCUSSION: “La Pulga” Documents the Closure of the San Jose Flea Market (Friday, June 13 in San Jose)

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From Jaime Contreras, Generation Engage.

GENERATION ENGAGE AND MACLA PRESENT PREMIERE SCREENING OF LA PULGA, A DOCUMENTARY OF THE SAN JOSE FLEA MARKET

City of San Jose Council Member, Hispanic Champer of Commerce President, and Flee Market Vendors to Participate in Community Forum Following Screening

Join GenerationEngage and MACLA for the world premiere screening of the film La Pulga, which chronicles, memorializes, and highlights the historic and cultural significance of the San Jose Flea Market, the first and largest flea market in the United States. Before San Jose became the technology capital of the world, the city was known for its Flea Market, which is slated to close in 2010 to be replaced by a BART Corridor urban village. Through interviews with the owner of the flea market, activists, vendors, and city officials, the film explores the conflicts between an existing community’s economic vitality and an environmentally responsible land use plan and reveals the complexity of urban issues and social justice in a changing city.

A panel discussion and community forum will follow.

La Pulga was directed by Rene Picazo, and produced by Henry Servin and Alina Kwak.

WHO: City of San Jose Council Member Kansen Chu, District 4; President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dennis King; Activist, Chris Lepe; Jesus Banda, San Jose Flea Market Vendor.

WHAT: Students, twenty-somethings, and community members discuss development issues with expert panel after watching world premiere of La Pulga.

WHEN: Friday June 13, 2008

6:30-7pm – Opening
7-7:45pm – Screening of La Pulga
8-9:00pm – Panel Discussion and Community Forum

WHERE: MACLA Castellano Playhouse, 510 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113 Click here for directions.

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