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AARP CA - Documentary Screening - A Sacred Journey

Start Date:10/2/2020

Start Time:6:00 PM PDT

Duration:120 minutes


AARP California is proud to host a screening of the documentary “A Sacred Journey.” This film shows the transformative power of family caregiving. Film producer, Ernesto Quintero, will be answering questions at the conclusion of the film. And a special welcome by actor Edward James Olmos.

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Adriana Mendoza

AARP California

Adriana Mendoza currently serves as Associate State Director for AARP California. In this role, Adriana works to position AARP as a trusted resource and leader in local communities, as well as with elected officials, business leaders, and non-profit organizations. Adriana also has statewide responsibilities in overseeing AARP California’s Hispanic/Latino community engagement strategy. She has held various positions in the Association, including managing cross-functional teams of staff and volunteers tasked with building AARP’s relevance to members and multicultural communities through advocacy, community outreach, volunteer strategies, and brand awareness. Before joining AARP in 2002, Adriana worked for former Congressman Esteban Torres in his district office. She also worked for AltaMed Health Services Corporation, a leading national Latino health services organization in East Los Angeles. With more than 20 years’ experience in gerontology and community organizing, Adriana specializes in diversity and aging issues, caregiving, long-term care, and multicultural outreach. Adriana holds B.A. degrees in Spanish and in Public Policy & Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, as well as a Master’s degree from UCLA in Social Welfare and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University. She is also a graduate of the American Society on Aging’s New Ventures in Leadership program and alumna of the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium. Adriana has been a guest lecturer at the University of Guadalajara’s Department of Public Health in Jalisco, Mexico. In addition, she is an honorary member of the College of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Jalisco, Mexico. Adriana is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. Adriana has been featured in Latino Today’s “50 Most Influential Latinos on the Central Coast” (February 2006), Coastal Women Magazine’s “Women on the Move” (Spring 2006) and Latino Today’s “Young and Latin Face of AARP” (June 2005). Adriana has also been the recipient of the Young Corporate Achievers Award from the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility. In 2017, she received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) Community Aztec Award for her leadership in the advancement of the Latino community.

Ernesto Quintero


Ernesto Quintero strongly believes in projects of social relevance and utilizes his skill in video and film to advocate positive change. Ernesto has been documenting A Sacred Journey, a story of his brother’s fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS since his diagnosis in 2005. In 2013, he decided to edit this heartfelt journey locking picture in May 2019 and won Best Film at DOCUTAH International Film Festival 2019. A Sacred Journey has full digital distribution and can be presently found on Amazon and ten other platforms.  In addition to pointing the camera on his brother, Ernesto most recently traveled the world working with Jennifer Lopez JL on Dance Again a documentary featuring JL on her first ever world tour. As second unit director, Ernesto got to see the world through his lens, traveling to 40 countries in 4 months. On this same tour Ernesto, directed JL’s ten dancers and came back to produce six episodes of A Step Away, a docu-series for NUVO TV. Ernesto is prepared to direct, produce, shoot or edit, but most importantly, Ernesto has a knack for story and heart that allows him to capture emotions. His other awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production for Veteranos: A legacy of Valor 2000, a nomination for Outstanding Made-for-TV Documentary Producer for an Alma Award for Warrior of the Court 2007, Imagen Award for the PBS national television series Voces 2007, Cine Golden Eagle Award for Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano 2007 and a NAMIC award for the mun2 Hookup 2008. To learn more about Ernesto’s work please visit: or
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