Manhattanʼs 'Little Spain' comes to big screen, documenting Hispanic immigration in New York City
Friday, November 28, 2014
The United States displaying the history of New York City (NYC), is based upon a set of old photographs and testimonies showing a neighborhood called in , situated at the West End of 14th Street, in the time when it was densely populated by Spaniards and Hispanic immigrants.announced on Tuesday a DVD edition of the film Little Spain, directed by , is now available on their official website. The film, which summarizes a part of Hispanic immigration in the
According to the film's content and press release, Little Spain was populated by, , and other Hispanic immigrants, located in south and , around the west end of 14th Street. The Spaniards tended to live in close proximity to one another; and, in many cases, in close proximity to Spanish-speakers from countries other than Spain — such as Puerto Ricans in New York.
In the film, the Spanish-American director and journalist Artur Balder traces the journey of those who left Spain andin search of a better life in the United States, describing the story of its most important entrance port, New York City, and the formation of the Little Spain community.
The 60 minute, feature-length, documentary looks back at the founding of La Nacional in 1868 and the uptick in migration from Spain following its loss of Cuba in 1898; continuing through to the Hispanic apex in the area, after theof 1936–1939, finally charting the community’s sharp decline in the 1970s and 1980s.
Well into the 1960s Spanish was still commonly spoken on 14th Street. The film also displays footage of the Santiago Apóstol festival, or St. James Day festival, which died out in the early 1990s as the remnants of the Hispanic community left that part of the city.
Artur Balder worked closely with New York's(MoMA), and with the in order to show the film in NYC. He is currently preparing two new projects: The Reality of the Imaginary, with Nobel prize-winner , recipient , and artist , expected to premier at the MoMA in 2015. The second project being with –American painter and renowned art critic .
The film shows how Spain contributed to the vast wave of emigration of Europeans to the Americas which, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, transformed the three continents. The Spaniards were a very small proportion of US immigration compared to some of the other national or ethnic groups of immigrants that came to the United States, such as, , and .
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