“American Exile” documentary to be presented at Ent Center

Caitlyn Dieckmann 

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A documentary featuring two U.S. Vietnam veterans who faced deportation will be presented for free at the Ent Center for Performing Arts in the Shockley-Zalabak theater on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.  

     “American Exile — The Deportation of U.S. Military Veterans,” presented by the El Pomar Foundation, comes from award-winning filmmaker John Valadez, according to UCCS Presents. Valadez serves as the writer, director and co-producer of the film. Over the last 25 years, Valadez has directed several films for PBS and CNN.  

     The film focuses on the story of Manuel and Valente Valenzuela, two brothers who served in Vietnam. Several years later, the brothers faced deportation from the U.S. alongside many other war veterans. The documentary tells the story of their fight to bring deported veterans back to the U.S.  

     Tickets are required for the viewing and can be reserved free of charge on the UCCS Presents website or by calling the box office at 719-255-3232.  

Still from American Exile. Photo courtesy of Burning Box Studio.