Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the world premiere screening of a new documentary, From Michoacán to Michigan. The feature film tells the story of a couple and their young daughter making an incredible journey from a community in Mexico to the Great Lakes State a century ago. It is an immigrant story of love, faith and strength that all Americans share. The story is filled with triumph and tragedy and told in their own words — both English and Spanish. If you have not yet RSVP’d, it’s really quick and easy via the link in our event website:
The film is FREE at the Detroit Institute of Art’s Detroit Film Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Click here for details.
From Ralph Valdez:
Growing up on 18th St. and Myrtle we listened in awe as our dear mother Frances (Esperanza) Fraga Valdez told us of her early childhood struggles with her parents working so hard in Michigan’s sugar beet fields… until as homesteaders with their growing family they were finally able to start their own farm near Imlay City and see their offspring spread out into the world from there.
Michoacán to Michigan is a compelling documentary that tells the story of Valeriano & Martina Fraga’s journey from Mexico (Morelia, Michoacán) to Michigan. In 1919, due to turmoil during the period of the Mexican Revolution, they left their home country to seek safety and stability in the United States. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of their crossing.
Audio recordings (both Spanish and English) of Martina & Valeriano are used to tell their story, interspersed with interviews with their children and narration by their grand-daughter, Annemarie Valdez. The Fraga’s epic story, and the generations of their family that contributed to Detroit and Michigan communities throughout the past century, captures the true legacy of Martina and Valeriano’s brave journey. The film score was composed and performed by the renowned Mexican American singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa.
Presented in partnership with Digital Arts, Film and Television.