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Monterrey International Film Festival continues to be a hit

Monterrey International Film Festival continues to be a hit

Consul General Joseph Pomper during his speech at the reception. Next ti him, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Director of the Film Festival (right)

Consul General Joseph Pomper during his speech at the reception. Next ti him, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Director of the Film Festival (right)

Director of Film Festival, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Fabian Debora, Homeboy Ind. and Consul General Joseph Pomper.

Director of Film Festival, Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Fabian Debora, Homeboy Ind. and Consul General Joseph Pomper.

The Monterrey International Film Festival has been in full swing this week and as the Guest Country, the U.S. has been represented daily by at least two screenings of at least one U.S. film. 

Among the most interesting activities in conjunction with the film festival was the presentation of the documentary "G-Dogs," about a priest in Los Angeles who works with gang members trying to go straight.

One of those former gang members, Fabian Debora, spoke at screenings to two audiences organized by the USAID program in Monterrey. 

The programs were held in community centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  His testimony about how and why he managed to extract himself from the web of destruction and despair to become a thriving artist and member of the Homeboys cooperative were truly inspiring.

On Wednesday, August 28, the consulate General hosted a reception at Alfa’s Planetarium where CG Pomper invited guests also to recall the important lessons of Rev. Martin Luther King's immortal "I Have a Dream" speech that had been given exactly 50 years earlier. A three-minute commemorative video produced by the Department of State was screened during the event.

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