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Synopsis

Through the life and work of activist, author and poet Alejandro Murguia, Keeper of the Fire explores the roles activist writers and poets play in the fight for a more just and equitable world. Following in the footsteps of the Beat poets and inspired by the rich tradition of Spanish and Latin American literature, Murguia passionately confronts with his work and his words many of the urgent issues of the day.

The film follows him on lyrical journeys from Nicaragua and Mexico City to Washington, D.C., from the barrios of East Los Angeles to San Francisco’s North Beach and Mission Districts, as he champions revolutions in Latin America, leads cultural and educational programs in Northern California and campaigns against rampant gentrification on the East and West Coasts. In the midst of all this, he wins two American Book Awards and serves as the first Latino Poet Laureate of San Francisco.

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