FEBRUARY 21, 2017 — The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) recently announced that it will recognize FUSION’s documentary ‘Hate Rising’ with an Impact Award for Outstanding Documentary at their Oscars-week gala honoring the important contributions of Latinos in film and TV. The documentary was reported by award-winning news anchor Jorge Ramos, directed by Catherine Tambini and produced in conjunction with Univision Story House. ‘Hate Rising’ will be honored at the NHMC’s 20th Annual Impact Awards Gala will take place on Friday, February 24 in Beverly Hills.
“The making of this documentary is a testament to the dedication of Fusion and its parent company Univision to informing our Spanish and English speaking communities about the very real, nefarious and bigoted forces aligned against us, so we can better protect ourselves, our children and our country,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
‘Hate Rising’ shined a light on the astonishing and very concerning rise of hate in America — examining the small, radical segment of the non-Hispanic population who feels threatened by the demographic changes in the country and are resisting the possibility of becoming a minority. The country is increasingly seeing ideas, usually confined to private and secretive gatherings, becoming mainstream thanks, in part, to some of the rhetoric that was used during the recent election cycle. Throughout the timely film, Ramos explores the mainstreaming of these ideas on TV, social media, and in our communities and classrooms. Over four months Ramos traveled to small towns across the nation speaking with Neo Nazis, members of the KKK and the Alt-Right. He also heard stories of Muslims and Latinos who have been the victims of hate crimes. Ramos himself, a Mexican immigrant who is also an American citizen, experienced the anger and intolerance simmering just beneath the surface of our society when a Trump supporter told him to “get out of my country” at a campaign event in Iowa.
NHMC is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. As a founding member of the Coalition Against Hate, NHMC is dedicated to elevating the voices of those impacted and holding purveyors of hate speech accountable.
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