Press Release

Celebrate International Day of Peace

September 08, 2015

Film Screening of “The Fight for the Aguan Valley” at the Rothko Chapel

Monday, Sept. 21


HOUSTON – Sept. 8, 2015 – Join the Rothko Chapel for a film screening in celebration of International Day of Peace, a program planned as part of the biennial Óscar Romero Award.


The event is planned for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon.


Guests will view “The Fight for the Aguan Valley,” a film which explores the current economic and political situation in Honduras in the aftermath of the 2009 coup, the continued disenfranchisement of poor peasant farmers, and the dispossession on the Caribbean coast.


Dr. Christopher Loperena, assistant professor of International Studies at the University of San Francisco, shares his firsthand account of the coup and hosts a Q&A afterwards.


Loperena has worked with both Miriam Miranda and Berta Cáceres – the recipients of the Chapel’s 2015 Óscar Romero Awards.


The Chapel has planned a number of programs to honor and celebrate leaders who share the spirit of the late Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador, who worked tirelessly to fight against poverty and social injustice.


Romero was murdered in 1980 for his attempts to expose government corruption and to fight exploitation of the poor in El Salvador. Pope Francis beatified Romero on May 23.


The Rothko Chapel began honoring the Archbishop’s legacy in 1986, when the non-profit’s founder Dominique de Menil announced that the Óscar Romero Award would go to individuals or organizations who demonstrate heroic efforts in the area of human rights. 

Miranda serves as executive director of Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, a group that works to protect the land, cultural and civil rights of 47 indigenous Garifuna communities.

Cáceres serves as general coordinator of Consejo Civil de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras. For the last 20 years, she has worked in defense of the rights of campesino (peasant farmers) and indigenous Lenca descendant communities.

“Not only are we recognizing courageous leaders, but we’re also connecting the community to forums where they can hear the voices of remarkable people who face enormous economic and political pressures and personal peril to advocate for their causes,” David A. Leslie, executive director of the Rothko Chapel, said.

To register to attend 2015 Óscar Romero Award events, visit

Underwriting opportunities are also available. For more information, email


For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


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