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Summary: America was built on equality and opportunity, but when those things are denied, it's time to fight back. This HBO Films production details the stirring true story of a group of Mexican American students who did just that when they staged a compelling 1968 walkout to protest the injustices of the public high-school system in East Los Angeles. Set against the background of the national civil-rights movement, the film stars Alexa Vega as an idealistic honors student who takes on the school system's blatant discrimination against Mexican Americans by banding with a group of fellow activists to coordinate a multi-school walkout of students. The result would send an unequivocal message to American educators and administrators that endures today. Michael Pena, Yancey Arias and Efren Ramirez co-star. Directed by Edward James Olmos (the Oscar(R)-nominated star of 1988's Stand and Deliver). Widescreen. (TV14) (AC,AL,V)

CAST : Laura Elena Harring,Alexa Vega,Michael Pena,Yancey Arias,Efren Ramirez

PRODUCER : Moctesuma Esparza,Robert Katz,Lisa Bruce

WRITER : Marcus De Leon,Ernie Contreras,Timothy J. Sexton,Victor Villasenor

DIRECTOR : Edward James Olmos

Genre : History