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Severo Perez’s 1995 film, …and the earth did not swallow him, is a classic of Chicano cinema. Adapted from Tomás Rivera’s 1971 novel, …y no se lo tragó la tierra, Perez's film follows the lives of a South Texas family of migrant farmworkers in the 1950s. 

…and the earth did not swallow him has won international critical acclaim, including top honors at film festivals worldwide: Gold Medal at the 12th Annual Television Movie Awards (1997), Best of the Fest Audience Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (1994), Jury Award for Best Director at the Cairo International Film Festival (1994), Jury Award at Vina del Mar (Chile) International Film Festival (1996), Sol Award CineSol at the Latino Film Festival (1995), Best Feature at the San Diego Independent Film Festival (1994), Best Feature at the Minneapolis Rivertown Film Festival (1995.)

Nationally broadcast on PBS, and the earth did not swallow him received major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from KPBS, American Playhouse, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Texas Committee for the Humanities/Humanities Texas, the California Council for the Humanities, and the National Latino Communications Center.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Advisory Board members for this project were: Gregg Barrios, Antonia Castañeda, William H. Goetzmann, Alicia González, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Nicolas Kanellos, Arturo Madrid, Oscar Martínez, Julian Olivares, Ricardo Romo, Marta Sanchez. is a production of Severo Perez Films