The Latino community of Peoria, Illinois, are hosting a film festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The festival began Thursday and continues through Oct. 12 with films being shown at the Peoria Public Library's North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway. The screenings are free and begin at 5:30 p.m.

The festival kicked off with a screening of Selena, the 1997 biopic about Texas-born Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who topped popular music charts before her tragic death. Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos star.

On Oct. 5, another film starring Mr. Olmos will be screened -- Stand and Deliver. The 1988 film brought Mr. Olmos an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his protrayal of high school teacher Jaime Escalante, who encouraged the forgotten and disillusioned students of Garfield High in East Los Angeles to reach for their dreams by way of higher math.

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