A short film based on the award-winning book “We Made San Diego”, by local author Maria Garcia will premiere on Sept. 12 for Hispanic Heritage Month. 

The film, created in partnership with producer and director David Sawicki, recognizes the contributions of Latinos to San Diego’s history. The premier will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Logan Heights Public Library 567 So. 28th Street San Diego. 

We Made San Diego represents a countywide collection of real-life experiences of Latinos who have played a significant role in San Diego’s development, according to event organizers. 

The film highlights how Latino leaders forged significant roles as leaders in business, education, health, government, the arts, sports, activists fighting for social justice, law enforcement, community organizations, and through service to our country during wartime.

The main message of her books is to reveal the complete history that is often excluded.

“I would love a time when we don’t have to write a book about Chicanos, Blacks or any other group, because they would already be included in history books, but for now that is not how it is,” said Garcia in a statement. 

Individuals featured in the short film will be in attendance, including Fanny Miller, CEO, and founder of El Latino, San Diego County’s top Hispanic newspaper and the largest Latina-owned Spanish-language newspaper in California. 

Miller founded El Latino in 1988 to serve the News and information needs of San Diego County’s Hispanic Community. The publication exceeds 805,000 monthly readers. 

Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. 

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