October marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. Even though the Latino experience in Kansas City dates back hundreds of years, little of that history has been collected. A new film, Voces del Pasado preserves the oral histories of more than a dozen Mexican-Americans whose parents immigrated here and chronicles the hardships of their early life in the Kansas City area. One of those stories is that of Jesse Valdez, who’s father like many Mexican immigrants worked for the railroad.
Voces del Pasado, Voices from the Past, a new film chronicling the stories of Kansas City’s Hispanic community, is available at the following locations: