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Michael J. Narvaez’s “I Believe in America” portrays faction of Puerto Rican independence movement
Bethlehem, Pa., January 7, 2009—“Who can you trust when you feel betrayed by everyone?” The award winning film I Believe in America, answers with a story about broken family ties resulting from terrorism in the 1970s by a violent faction of the Puerto Rican independence movement known as the FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional or Armed Forces of National Liberation).
Moravian College will host the Lehigh Valley premier of the film, I Believe in America, by local playwright and director Michael J. Narvaez. A 2007 Best Picture Nominee, the screening, followed by a Q & A with Narvaez, will be held on Thursday, January 22, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
The film portrays the character Reynaldo Pedro Ferrer (Jamie Harris), a former terrorist involved in the independence movement for Puerto Rico, who is now living as Ronald Peter. He must confront his past after the murder of his eldest son. His father Popo (Jaime Tirelli), a high level member of a clandestine faction of the movement, is posing as a double agent in order to protect his family and still preserve the group’s quest for freedom. Still active within the movement is Pedro (Coati Mundi), a political prisoner who is willing to die for the cause. He secretly assigns a key operative, Cesar (Roger Guenveur Smith), to Reynaldo’s son, in an effort to lure Reynaldo back into the movement. Reynaldo must utilize reason, intelligence, and incorporate non-violence in order to avenge his son’s death, save his family from ruin, and come to peace with his past. The film is a pilgrimage of this family’s journey and an entire culture. To view the Trailer online visit: http://www.ibelieveinamericamovie.com/index2.htm.
Narvaez is a Puerto Rican playwright, poet, director, screenwriter, and actor. He has written 7 off-Broadway plays and written 7 screenplays including "I Believe in America" which was developed into his feature film directing debut. Born and raised in New York City, Narvaez now makes his home in Allentown, Pa.
The program is sponsored by The LVAIC Africana Consortium. Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building near the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. For more information, call 610-861-1491.