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"Michoacan to Michigan"
Len Radjewski, Producer
Michoacan to Michigan (1994) is a 45 minute documentary that tells the story of Valeriano & Martina Fraga’s journey from Morelia, Michoacan to Michigan. They left during the Mexican Revolution and entered the US in 1919; 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of their crossing. The documentary uses audio recordings (both Spanish & English) of Martina & Valeriano telling their own story and is interspersed with onscreen segments of two of their sons (Martin and Dan) continuing the narrative, as well as voice-over narration provided by additional relatives (grandchildren Anthony Fraga and Annemarie Valdez).
To mark the centennial anniversary, I am revising and updating the original documentary. We are in discussions with the Detroit Institute of Art to screen the work in the lecture hall, tentatively considering Spring 2019. The event will be open to the public and may be promoted along with other DIA programs.
Part of the updating will be to address some copyright issues. The original work was primarily for family and friends and did not have the budget to pay for some historical film footage of the Mexican Revolution that was in the original. So I will be soliciting financial support to provide for acquisition of footage. In addition, I have located a number of collections of historic and archived photos of that time period and can be used with the appropriate citation. We will be updating some of the photos, computer graphics and sub titles.