Monday, April 11, 2011


Buenos días The Toronto Catholic District School Board and The Toronto District School Board are joining the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto, to celebrate April 2011 as Hispanic Heritage Month!With more than 8,000 TCDSB and TDSB students speaking Spanish as their first language, both boards are committed to preserving the rich cultures and traditions of those of Hispanic heritage. This month is offering our students, staff and the community the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the valuable contributions Hispanics have made to our province, country and the world. For many centuries to this very day, people have been fighting for their rights and independence to bring those of all different cultures into one land to live in peace. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to pay tribute to one of those many cultures of our nation. It is a time that we commemorate our Hispanic race and their accomplishments. Pedro Almodóvar is a Spanish Film Director. He was born in Spain in 1951. He studied the elementary and superior bacalaureate, with the Salesian and Franciscan priests. It was during this time in his life when he began to question his religious beliefs. It was also at this point in time that his passion for films began. At the age of 16 he moved to Madrid, Spain on his own with the intention to study and make film. However, he came across some obstacles that prevented him from pursuing his dream. In order to make a living and continue to pursue his passion, he had to work a variety of jobs. His first job was as an administrative assistant at the National Telephone Company where he remained for 12 years. It was through this job that he was able to save money to purchase his first 8mm camera. He also spent some of his time with an independent theatre group, making movies and writing. His first feature film was Pepi, Luci, Bom, 1980. His first Academy Award was awarded to the film: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", 1988 as Best Foreign Language Film. Almodovar is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glauber Rocha Award for Best Director, Rio Film Festival, and L.A. Film Critics Association "New Generation" Award amongst others. Thanks Mr. Flores