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Latino student documentary filmmakers from three continents are expected in town for a unique celebration this month at Texas State’s LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

The second annual Lazos celebration will honor international student filmmakers from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the U.S. The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 27, is sponsored by university’s Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets (El Centro).

Lazos originated as an extension of the Spanish-language documentary film festival “Puntos de Vista,” which is held at Texas State. In its second year, Lazos has grown into its own unique event, enabling Texas State faculty and students to celebrate with international Latino student filmmakers. At Lazos, attendees will be able to honor accomplishments, establish a network and “Embrace Latinidad.”

“The main purpose of Lazos is to encourage students to embrace their heritage and to create an opportunity for Latino filmmakers and students to network and share a common interest,” said Sindy Chapa, organizing committee president.

Lazos is a free event and open to the public. Food, beverage and entertainment will be provided. Mariachi Nueva Generación and Salsa del Rio will perform a variety of music styles. Robert Bard, president and CEO at Latina Style, Inc., will give the keynote address. Additionally, there will be an award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the international student filmmakers.

“Lazos 2011 was a first of firsts,” said Olga Mayoral-Wilson, PR director for the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets. “The camaraderie among the international visiting students and our Bobcats; their happiness upon being recognized in their art form; their in-depth analysis of social and global issues—these were just a few of the highlights that impressed me the most.

“Students have a unique opportunity to share with peers from other lands who share their same concerns and experiences in life, even if expressed differently,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to network in your own backyard and make new friends from countries other than yours.”

For more information on Lazos or to register for the event, visit

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