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Watsonville Film Festival is partnering with Cabrillo College’s “Hispanic Serving Institution Week” to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the Watsonville Plaza on Friday from 5-7:30pm. 

This free family event will feature live music by Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jaliscience from Hollister and Laura Rebolloso, a singer, dancer, poet and co-founder of the Son Jarocho band from Veracruz, Son de Madera. Rebolloso is considered a virtuoso of the four-stringed instrument known as leona. She will be performing with Son Jarocho Santa Cruz.

The celebration at the Plaza will also include a dance performance by the Watsonville-based Folkloric group, Esperanza del Valle. The festivities coincide with Mexican Independence Day.

At 7:30pm there will be a free screening of the comedy “El Rey del Barrio/King of the Neighborhood” with actor/comedian Tin Tán at Cabrillo College’s Watsonville Center. This special screening is a collaboration with the Mexican Consulate from San Jose and the Mexican Film Institute.

“We are honored to feature such talented musicians and dancers at our Fiesta Mexicana and to bring people together in celebration,” said Consuelo Alba, executive director of the Watsonville Film Festival. “Closing the night with a classic Mexican film from the 1950s will be a lot of fun.” 

This third annual community celebration is presented by the Watsonville Film Festival in partnership with Cabrillo College, City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department, Consulado General de México en San José, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and 23Hrs Entertainment who curated the music program. 

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