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Albizu

Albizu
?When tyranny is law revolution is order.? ? Pedro Albizu Campos, 1932
Like most of the nearly 2 million Puerto Ricans growing up in New York City in the 1980s, I had never heard the name Pedro Albizu Campos. It wasn?t until 1998, at a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States? takeover of Puerto Rico, that I found a photocopied, out-of-print biography: Albizu Campos: Puerto Rican Revolutionary. I was amazed; A Harvard-educated lawyer and the self-proclaimed president of Puerto Rico?! A martyr to some and a terrorist to others?! The mastermind behind an attempted assassination of President Truman, yet a man described repeatedly as a ?saint? by those who knew him? How could I not have known about this man? Why has he been erased from history? It was at that point that I decided to one-day answer the question: Who is Albizu Campos?
Regarded as the ?Puerto Rican Malcolm X? ? El Maestro ? The Teacher; as he was affectionately known, would become the symbol of Puerto Rican identity, culture and resistance. A father, a husband and a tragic idealist, he was an incorruptible figure, who shunned riches, and defended the poor. A ?stick of dynamite in suspenders?, who would spend over 25 years of his life rotating in an out of U.S. prisons, never compromising his vision of a free and sovereign Puerto Rico.
Albizu is a documentary film poised to revitalize the legacy of Puerto Rico?s most prominent freedom fighter. The compelling story of Albizu?s unswerving mission to liberate Puerto Rico will also resonate with a global community wrestling with issues of terrorism, cultural identity, and national self-determination today.

My mission as a filmmaker has been to create art that educates and inspires social change, and this film has extensive educational possibilities. Despite the immensity of Albizu Campos? legacy and the impact that he had in the United States and Puerto Rico, there are no English language books currently in circulation about the subject. This project will be a main source of information for an entire generation of English speaking Latinos, public school educators, and students of every level of study in political science, philosophy, history and sociology. This film has the potential to impact both national and international audiences, as it simultaneously explores key moments in the social, political and cultural histories of the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America.

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