“The Milagro Beanfield War”

March 18, 1988 is the release date of “The Milagro Beanfield War”, a film set in the fictional rural town of Milagro and filmed in Truchas, New Mexico.  The fictional town was predominantly Catholic and Hispanic, with less than 500 residents.  The drama centers on the issue of water rights as small bean farmers challenge large corporations (99% versus 1%).  The film was directed by Robert Redford and features Panamanian star Ruben Blades and Brazilian film queen, Sonia Braga.

“Stand and Deliver”

March 11, 1988 was the release date of “Stand and Deliver”, an inspiring Hollywood movie based on the true story of the students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles and their dedicated math teacher, Bolivian-American Jaime Escalante.  Despite the difficult challenges of their tough environment, Escalante persisted in teaching them advanced levels of mathematics, eventually preparing them for the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Exam.  After receiving excellent scores, the students and teacher were accused of cheating, and had to retake the test with little time to prepare.  The students triumphed.  Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the movie and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  The film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.