Los Tigres del Norte and Luis Valdéz To Be the Poppy Jasper Fest Honorees

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The annual Poppy Jasper International Film Festival will be honoring legendary Mexican American band Los Tigres Del Norte and Chicano Award-Winning playwright, director, and actor Luis Valdez as part of their 2021 edition that will virtually take place on April 7 through April 20. 

According to their press release, this film festival includes featured and short films, panel discussions, and musical performances. The recognition for the iconic Los Tigres Del Norte and Luis Valdez will be celebrated on April 11 as part of their Mexico Day. 

Part of the celebration for the San Jose originated band Los Tigres Del Norte is the dedication of this year’s Icon Award. The 1960’s band became legends on both sides of the border through their hits such as “La Puerta Negra,” “Golpes en el Corazón,” and “De Paisano a Paisano,” to name a few. 

Although they started recording in San Jose, the band was formed in Mocorito in Sinaloa, Mexico, by their lead vocalist Jorge Hernández when he recruited his brothers and cousins. 

Since then, they have thrived, having won multiple Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and even earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, in September 2019, they released their Netflix documentary Los Tigres del Norte At Folsom Prison that earned them a Latin Grammy nomination in the category of Best Long Form Music Video.

On the other hand, Chicano award-winning playwright, director, and actor Luis Valdez will also be receiving an Icon Award this year, honoring his film and theater career. 

He is best known for his play “Zoot Suit” and his work in the ground-breaking film La Bamba of 1987, a biographical film of Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens, written and directed by him. 

The third Mexico Day Icon Award recognition this year will be awarded to muralist José Ortiz, “for his work and positive impact he has had in the local community,” according to the film festival’s press release.

The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is known to “promote inclusion, diversity and women empowerment through film, music, and art by inviting independent filmmakers from all cultures to explore major issues of the day through the power of film,” as said in their press release. 

Apart from their Mexico Day, their inclusion of cultures this year highlights a China Day on April 10 with the following films: Go with Your Gut and Unnamed Junior, and short films “Pills and Joy,” “Family of Wusho,” “Left Behind Children,” “Underdog,” and “Angel’s Mirror,” with the participation of a Q&A with each filmmaker in the end. 

They will also host a performance from internationally known Chinese harpist Jieyin Wu and a Cheongsam fashion show by Manchu Origin.

For more information and schedule details, you can visit the official website for Poppy Jasper International Film Festival to explore the different cultures and work from all the talented curators.