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“Siempre Adelante” Official Premiere October 1

October 1, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Gainesville, FL—On October 1, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will premiere “Siempre Adelante,” a documentary film that chronicles the life experiences and struggles of first-generation immigrants from Latin America in Alachua County, Florida at 6:00 p.m. in Pugh Hall. Flyers, posters, and the news release are available in SPOHP’s Press Kit.

The movie, produced by SPOHP Technology Coordinator Deborah Hendrix with Maria Muñoz, features the life narratives of four men and women living in Alachua County who emigrated from three different countries. The stories highlight the challenges that new immigrants face in Florida and pose questions about what it means to be an immigrant in a society that prides itself as being “A nation of immigrants.”

Pastor Jaime Zelaya of Gainesville approached SPOHP with the idea for “Siempre Adelante” in an effort to encourage understanding of the complex lives and struggles of new immigrants and to promote compassion for their experiences. Pastor Zelaya was inspired to begin the project by members of his congregation.

The film features first person interviews as well as performances of experiences in the lives of immigrants as described by the narrators themselves. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The film premiere of “Siempre Adelante” will be held in the Pugh Hall Ocora at 6:00 p.m. on October 1. The event will include a panel discussion with the film makers and Pastor Zelaya. The screening will be followed by a reception. Parking for the event is free.

The public program is made possible by a grant from the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere Rothman Endowment and co-sponsored by UF NAACP and the UF Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month at UF, a celebration of Hispanic heritage taking place throughout October. Local community organizations & individuals underwrote a significant amount of the production costs for Siempre Adelante.

For more information about this event, including directions and parking information, please visit the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s website, http://oral.history.ufl.edu or call at (352) 392-7168.

View the trailer for “Siempre Adelante,” premiering October 1, 2013:



October 1, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Pugh Hall Ocora
Pugh Hall, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States


Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and UF’s Hispanic Heritage Month