Sunday, March 25, 2012

John Duigan's Romero (1989)

Remembered today at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, assassinated 32 years ago yesterday, and the 60,000 Salvadorans killed in that country's civil war.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Powerful movie. Good to see the whole thing available on YouTube.

I recently referenced this film in class. A student had mentioned Che in a train of "revolutionary leaders." I asked why he included Che, and the student responded that he simply wanted to be inclusive and include people from each culture. I informed him of Che's murderous insanity and suggested that, if he really wants to include a Latino in his litany of leaders, he should use Oscar Romero instead.

Of course, no one in the class knew who Romero was - and sadly many are Latinos themselves. So I began to tell them his story, and suggested they all watch the film.

It's a shame that so many American kids (think they) know about Che, but know nothing of Romero. Says a lot, too. Almost makes you wonder if the real culprits behind his assassination want to keep it that way for some reason. . . *ahem*

March 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM  

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