New Documentary About Boston’s Latin Quarter Premiering August 12

A new documentary "Boston's Latin Quarter," which takes a close look at the Hyde and Jackson Squares neighborhoods, is debuting in Jamaica Plain on August 12. Colombian filmmaker Monica Cohen, a Jamaica Plain resident, spent much of the last year producing and directing the 30-minute, bilingual documentary. The film looks closely at how the Hyde-Jackson Square neighborhood on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury has transformed during the past three decades and recently received the designation of being Boston's Latin Quarter from the Massachusetts Cultural District. In the documentary, the director examines issues such as the strengths of the immigrant communities, Latinx entrepreneurs, the role of Afro-Latin Arts/Culture, place-keeping, and problems of crime, violence and gentrification. Following the film, a panel including Cohen; Celina Miranda, Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force; Damaris Pimental, owner of Ultra Beauty Salon; and Elaine Mondy, a Boston Latin Quarter residents, will discuss the issues raised in the film.

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Free Screening of ‘Rio’ and Free J.P. Licks on August 7

Create a macaw mask, grab some popcorn, and then move inside to watch a free screening of "Rio" on August 7. Oh, don't forget there will be free J.P. Licks ice cream! "Rio" is a G-rated movie about the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw, who goes on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. The crafts will start at 6 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (631 Centre St.), and then move inside for the movie. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Jóvenes en Acción is Bringing Arts to the Street on August 7

Jóvenes en Acción is bringing arts to the street during a free event on August 7th. The festivities will begin at 6 pm with an evening filled with performances and food on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St. There will also be free ice cream from J.P. Licks. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Feel the Rhythm with Afro-Latin Musician Chanel Thervil on July 31

Immerse yourself in the sounds of Afro-Latin music and join Chanel Thervil, a mixed media artist, to create wearable art inspired by your favorite rhythms and beats on July 31. The event will be on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.) starting at 6 pm. There will also be free ice cream from J.P. Licks! This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series Continues with Neighborhood Table July 24

Share a table, a story, and a meal with your neighbors while enjoying free appetizers from a local chef on July 24. Please bring your own dinner to enjoy along with free delicious appetizers prepared by Chef Cecilia from Coco Verde Vegan. This event is on July 24 on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St., Jamaica Plain) at 6 pm. Share your stories of food and culture while you eat. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series.

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