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Viva La Raza hosts movie night to end Hispanic Heritage Month

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Angela Wainright
Students and faculty fill their plates with food from across the Spanish-speaking world before the movie night.

Students started filing into the room and finding their seats, taking bites of traditional Hispanic delicacies as a screen slowly lit up and the room dimmed.

Kinkaid’s Viva La Raza club hosted a movie night for students on Oct. 11 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. The event was just one of the numerous festivities that were held across campus during the month.

“Traditionally, Viva la Raza has hosted the movie night as an event during every year’s Hispanic Heritage Month,”  Viva la Raza sponsor Mrs. Wainright said. “The main purpose is to educate the greater Kinkaid community about Hispanic heritage in a fun and entertaining venue.”

Students attending the movie night were served a wide variety of flavorful food before the movie. There was an assortment of pupusas originating from El Salvador, tres leches cake, and other cultural fare, along with countless flavors of Jarritos, a Mexican carbonated soft drink.

Festivities extended through the evening as the movie “Flamin’ Hot,” directed by critically acclaimed Eva Longoria, was shown in the amphitheater.

“The Tres Leches cake tasted really good, as well as the chicken and pork pupusas,” junior Niko Torres Holloway said. “Not only was the food excellent, but the movie was entertaining, which created a great experience for everyone.”

The movie is a biopic of Frito Lay worker and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos creator Richard Montañez.

“The movie showed a really important message to everyone,” sophomore John Patterson said. “Accomplishments such as the invention of the Flamin Hot Cheetos serve as opportunities to celebrate and appreciate the numerous diverse cultures we have in this world.”

Students also learned another important message through the movie: the impact of individuals of Hispanic heritage on society.

“Our contributions sometimes go unnoticed and ignored, but it’s necessary to take everyone into account to succeed,” said senior Jesús Lara. 

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