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Boris Yaikin C.: The Songwriter's Mission

After more than 45 years working in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, Francisco Herrera continues to lead the social struggles of immigrants and Latino workers with his music and community organizing. Recognized within the local community as a "Latino Folk Hero," Francisco represents the mestizo spirit of his community - the racial or ethnic mixed ancestry that combines American Indian and European descent, and the current struggles and contradictions inflicted on the neighborhood by gentrification.

The Songwriter’s Mission uses verité shooting and animation inspired by Latino street art and American superhero pop culture to depict these colorful battles as we accompany Francisco in his daily activities as an organizer and explore the intimacy of his home.

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