“Viva Kino” film premier in Tucson

“Viva Kino” film shooting, courtesy of FB page

“Film Premier “Viva Kino!” – Tucson, Arizona Showing. Free & All Invited. Saturday Evening March 17, 2018 at 7 pm. Gramer Hall, 1946 East Adams St. – building east of Saints Peter & Paul School.

“”Viva Kino!” presents how Padre Eusebio Kino’s work 300 years ago for human dignity and peace continues to live on through the friendships and humanitarian efforts of the people living on both sides of the Border Wall. In Italian with English and Spanish subtitles.

The award winning Italian film company Aurora Vision traveled last May to today’s Borderlands of Sonora and Arizona to film on location. Director Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami and producer Andrea Morghen travel from Italy to introduce the film.

For more information contact Kino Heritage Society at padrekino@live.com

The film’s full title is “Viva Kino! Attraverso Deserti senza frontiere tra Messico e Stati Uniti” with Italian narration with English and Spanish subtitles.

Aurora Vision’s documentaries and other films tell stories of people of goodwill around the world who are creating peace, social justice and hope. Many films show people of different religious traditions and their promotion of understanding and human solidarity. Other Aurora productions include documenting the lives of a Olympic gold medalists, a 16th century samurai and Alpine mountain climbers.

Following day – Special Borderlands Showing – Nogales, Arizona. Sunday Afternoon March 18, 2018 at 1 pm, Gymnasium, Lourdes Catholic School, 555 E Patagonia Highway Nogales, Arizona

All international tour showings; Trent, Italy (March 6); Tucson, Arizona, U.S. (March 17); Nogales (March 18), Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (March 20).”

Carolyn’s note:  Padre Eusebio Kino was the first Jesuit missionary who came to Sonora, Mexico (and later Arizona), from Tyrol  (southern German province) to missionize amongst the indigenous population, establishing a network of  missions across Southern Arizona.  Hundreds of fellow Jesuit missionaries followed him.  He died in 1711 and is buried Magdalena, Mexico.  Statues of Padre Kino exist here in Tucson, in Washington D.C., and in Segno, Italy (his birthplace).


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. About 80 people at this film premier about Padre Kino’s message of “hope and peace” through Aurora Vision production company, showing Kino in today’s eyes . The history of his arrival from Italy and work in Sonora, Mexico and his travels on horseback to California are documented through Mexicans who today trace his trail on horseback, as well as to his burial place in Magdalena for a yearly fiesta. AZ rancher Richard Collins is interviewed who has ridden part of this trail and who discusses the Border Wall, separating Mexico and the U.S. in the film. The current day Kino Border Initiative in Nogales is shown, which helps border crossers deported back to Mexcio from the U.S. Padre Kino is characterized as one with the native peoples in his missionizing of the Catholic faith, over 300 years ago. Former JP Carmen Dolny is interviewed in the film, was present at tonight’s premier, as was rancher Collins. Atty. Mark O’Hare of the Kino Heritage Society introduced the film, was also interviewed in the film. It is available on amazon.com, with a Nogales film showing tomorrow night.

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