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McAllen high school senior competes in international film festival

A high school senior from McAllen recently won first place in a national film competition — and will compete an international film festival next month.

A high school senior from McAllen recently won first place in a national film competition — and will compete an international film festival next month.

Ramiro Cantu, a 17-year-old senior at Lamar Academy, won first place for his film #RefugeesWelcome about Syrian refugees.

"Now I live by myself with my younger brother. My parents are still in Mexico and I witness what they go through down there," Cantu said. "There's a lot of stuff that's been going on, like shootings. Kidnapping. And it's horrible. So I think that's where my motivation to do Syrian refugees started."

Cantu received top honors in the Public Service Announcement category at the All American High School Film Festival 2017 in New York City, according to a news release from the school district.

"So I think that the use of a camera, the use of a lens, the use of the cinema is a great tool to get to the heart of those people who can't be reached," Cantu said. "I'm trying to be the voice for those that don't have one."

#RefugeesWelcome will compete in the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival next month in Istanbul, Turkey, as one of 10 finalists.


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