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El Salvador Refugee Tells Her Story in Person
and in Documentary

November 7, 2005 :: No. 68

What: The award-winning documentary “Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story” will be screened at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday. Guardado and the film’s director, Randy Vasquez, will be at the screening to talk about her life and the making of the film.
Who: Guardado fled El Salvador after being kidnapped, raped, beaten, tortured and left for dead by military authorities in 1980. She was granted political asylum in the United States and now lives in Los Angeles. Vasquez — actor, director, producer — made the film in 2002 and won that year’s prize for best vanguard documentary at the New York International Latino Film Festival.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 9
6 p.m.
Where: Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre
Additional: Guardado relives her capture and release through the documentary. The film follows her to San Miguel, El Salvador, on the 20th anniversary of the assassination of El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero. Romero had publicly pleaded for the release of Guardado and other political prisoners and was gunned down in 1980, marking the beginning of a 12-year civil war. Days after he called for Guardado’s release, she was thrown in a ditch and left to die. She and Romero were critics of the government.
Sponsor: The student group Mesa Cooperativa is organizing the event.
Media Contacts:

Rosalina Camacho, Women’s Center, 657-278-3928 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or

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