East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multicultural to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. Boyle Heights was once far more diverse than any U.S. city; Mexicans, Japanese, African-Americans, Russian Molokans, Armenians, Italians, and the largest settlement of Jews west of Chicago lived and worked together side by side. The film shows how this one neighborhood managed to survive the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in North America and now faces, gentrification. East LA Interchange features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).
Los Angeles: June 10 at Hollenbeck Park. Free screening.