Last night was a big event — the documentary my friend Shane has been working on was shown for the first time in Denver at the Denver Film Festival. The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez is about a May 1997 incident in which an 18-year-old American high school student was fatally shot near the U.S.-Mexico border by United States Marines. The story is disturbing, if not surprising. The most shocking part is how little media attention this incident — the first American shot by U.S. military on U.S. soil since Kent State in 1970 — received. I can’t say I’m a big follower of national news in general, but I know I wasn’t aware of this, and it seems most others weren’t either. If you’re nearby and free on Thursday, I suggest you see the film — it plays again at 4:00 and 6:30 on Thursday at the Tivoli theater on the Auraria campus. The film won Best Film in the Human Rights Category at the Mexico City International Film Festival, and was also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Not enough incentive? Tommy Lee Jones narrates.
Also: I used to know, but no longer know, how to do diacritics on a PC — only on the Mac at work. So Hernandez should have an accent over the “a”. Sorry about that.