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Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the 2021 documentary A Valley Divided on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
In the Yakima Valley, the nation’s fruit basket, where populations are increasingly majority-Latino, elected representatives are still overwhelmingly white.
A Valley Divided explores the ways in which the Latino community in Eastern Washington is finding its voice and demanding equal representation at the ballot box. The new documentary, directed by Madeline Gunderson, reveals the entrenchment of decades of political discrimination and holds up a mirror to the larger story of a changing United States.
Although Yakima County’s population is about 50 percent Hispanic, the county had had just one Latino county commissioner in its history. A 2020 lawsuit against Yakima County alleges that its at-large voting system dilutes the agency of Latinos, in violation of the state Voting Rights Act. and pushes for ranked choice voting.
General admission tickets ($15 adults, $10 students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Seating for each screening is capped at 100 patrons, as allowed under Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Additional precautions including required mask use for non-vaccinated patrons and physical distancing between households will be observed. This event will have a runtime of approximately 75 minutes.
Power House Movies are powered by what you can’t get anywhere else in the Walla Walla Valley. Not only do we showcase award-winning festival favorites, feature-length narratives, documentaries, and undiscovered gems, we pair them with exclusive content from the movie makers themselves – most often in conversation with our Director of Film Programming, Warren Etheredge. Join us for a night out in our historic venue, and enjoy a glass of wine with the show. It’s an experience worth leaving the couch for!
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