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‘Translators’ documentary shows how young interpreters help their families 

June 22, 2023
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The powerful short film, directed by Emmy-Award winner Rudy Valdez, sheds light on a vital, but often overlooked, role bilingual children play in their families 

It is nearly impossible to navigate everyday life in America without being able to speak English, especially when it comes to crucial matters like healthcare and finances, and daily tasks like grocery shopping or reading mail. Many first-generation Latinos are dependent on the youngest members of their family to communicate in English. Of adult first-generation Latinos, 23% say they can carry on a conversation in English very well. That number increases with each following generation, leaving the crucial task of translating in the hands of the youngest members of families. 1

“Translators,” will screen during the Tribeca Festival on June 13, after the film made its worldwide debut at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.  The documentary short film delivers an emotional, first-person look at the lives of three of these immigrant families and the important role that young translators play in everyday lives of older generations. 

Directed by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez, the documentary short film follows the stories of three immigrant children (Densel – 11, Harye - 13 and Virginia - 16) who are responsible for handling complex adult conversations and helping to make decisions beyond their years. The impactful film highlights the need to provide resources to Hispanic and Latino communities to eliminate barriers for non-English speaking adults and provide support in closing language and opportunity gaps.

“It was incredibly important to share this story with audiences as it is a topic close to my heart and something I’ve seen firsthand,” said film director Rudy Valdez. "I hope viewers gain a deeper understanding and empathy toward the challenges faced by immigrant families, especially their children, through this film.”

“Translators” is  produced by Park Pictures in partnership with U.S. Bank, as part of the U.S. Bank Access Commitment ,  the bank’s long-term approach to help close the racial wealth gap which includes making banking more accessible to everyone through new digital tools, resources and community engagement.  Recently, U.S. Bank launched Asistente Inteligente, the first Spanish language virtual banking assistant digital experience in the United States, enabling Spanish-speaking customers to bank however, whenever, and wherever is best for them.

“With over 41 million Spanish-speaking people in this country, we were inspired to look deeper into the experiences of customers to understand and connect with them and were very moved by this experience shared by so many families,” said U.S. Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Greg Cunningham. “Through the work of Access Commitment, we are focused on wealth building and part of that for the Hispanic community is access – access to capital, resources, and opportunity. We know that language is access. It lets the community know that we see you and understand what’s important to you. Through this documentary, we hope to connect with and bring more visibility and access to families across the country who are going through the same experience.”

The powerful film will be introduced during the Tribeca Festival by Grammy Award winning singer and actress Leslie Grace, who signed on to the project as Documentary Ambassador. 

“Growing up first generation Dominican American in New York and Florida, I was a young translator for elders in my family, so I am proud to be a part of this project,” said Grace. “Creating such a grounded documentary like ‘Translators’ as Rudy Valdez has done is so important because it allows organizations like U.S. Bank to generate awareness around the shared experience of these 11 million translators across the nation.  Additionally, it opens the door for other companies and organizations to develop tools and resources that will help alleviate the burden of the younger generation as they assimilate along with their families.”

For the trailer and more information on “Translators” and how to view the film following its premiere, please visit www.TranslatorsFilm.com.

1 According to Pew Research Center

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About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with approximately 77,000 employees and $682 billion in assets as of March 31, 2023, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. The Minneapolis-based company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses: Consumer and Business Banking; Payment Services; Corporate & Commercial Banking; and Wealth Management and Investment Services. Union Bank, consisting primarily of retail banking branches on the West Coast, joined U.S. Bancorp in 2022. U.S. Bancorp has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, social responsibility, and customer service, including being named one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies. 

About Park Pictures  

Park Pictures was founded in 1998 by Executive Producer Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee and renowned filmmaker/ cinematographer Lance Acord. Park has produced award-winning work for clients such as Apple, Nike, Google, Adidas, GE, Verizon, Nissan, and Volkswagen for over 20 years. Over the years, Park has produced features and documentaries, with over ten chosen as Official Selection at Sundance. Park has won multiple Emmy Awards for short and long-form film projects, an Academy Award in 2011, and took home the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Lions for best-performing production company of the year.

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HomeStreet to retain all branch employees and keep branches open.

Urdu-speaking employee uses language and human connection to help refugees

Saim Malik uses his skills to assist Afghan Welcome Home Project of Central Illinois.

Q&A: How a new U.S. Bank lending program is helping diverse business owners

The program for associates of partner law firms who are early in their careers is part of the law division’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives

Freight Payment Index: Volume continues to contract despite uptick in Southwest

First quarter shipments down 6.1% nationwide while spending increased in all regions except the Midwest

Building excellent customer experiences – by design

A Q&A with Caleb Schmidt, head of Experience Design

Bringing innovation to the age-old topic of ethics

How the global chief ethics officer for U.S. Bank is leading the way

Branch designer replacing teller lines with collaborative spaces

First-ever interior designer for U.S. Bank branches works to bring relationship-focused experiences to customers.

Bank gives students time with Junior Achievement as part of Innovation Award

Junior Achievement and U.S. Bank have been connected for decades through volunteer events, grant awards and other partnerships

TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung on the future of business travel

Business travel is coming back. But filing manual expense reports may not be.

Why this serial entrepreneur chose to join a 150-year-old bank

Ian Eslick is head of enterprise engineering, technology strategy and modernization at U.S. Bank.

Videos: U.S. Bank attracting top fintech entrepreneurs with a digital approach

With help from fintech partnerships and acquisitions, U.S. Bank is combining banking, payments and software into a suite of holistic solutions that are delighting customers and driving loyalty.

Using cloud technology to make payments instant and connected

With hackathons, U.S. Bank brings together technologists and business experts to develop solutions that meet client needs.

USBCDC finances $50 million in capital to CDFIs amid pandemic

The seven CDFIs receiving capital are across the country.

U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Program expands to government agencies, schools, more

Our contactless payment solution is now available through Sourcewell.

U.S. Bank: Truck freight volumes continued decline in fourth quarter

Led by sharp drop in West region, Q4 2022 shipments down 7.1% compared to same period in 2021.

U.S. Bank: Truck freight shipments, spending contract in third quarter

Biggest quarterly drop in shipments since Q1 2021, third quarter volume contraction would have been steeper if not for strong uptick in the Southwest region.

U.S. Bank to offer CLO clients tailored portfolio optimization capabilities

New offering gives collateralized loan obligation clients comprehensive insights for more streamlined and effective trade structuring.

U.S. Bank to help clients deliver on ESG data solutions to clients

Global Fund Services leverages Sustainalytics to offer independent ESG analytic and reporting services.

U.S. Bank to donate Minneapolis branch to Seward Redesign for redevelopment

The 2800 E. Lake Street property will be redeveloped for housing, commercial and outdoor retail use and arts and cultural spaces.

U.S. Bank to acquire small business payments software company, Bento Technologies

Continues expansion of world-class digital capabilities for small businesses.

This U.S. Bank branch on wheels brings new meaning to mobile banking

When disaster strikes, our Mobile Financial Center ensures customers have access to essential banking services.

This aspect of your credit card is changing – here’s why

Our retail payments head Steve Mattics discusses the design process behind the new U.S. Bank Altitude Go.

The first U.S. Bank tax credit deal in Puerto Rico is helping fight COVID-19

Our $4.2 million NMTC investment helped a pharmaceutical manufacturer expand operations.

Tennessee town ‘wouldn’t have a movie theater' without U.S. Bank

Newport Cinema 4 survived the pandemic and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Technovation partnership inspires careers in STEM

Members of a team that pitched U.S. Bank executives their app ideas in 2018 have gone on to focus on science, technology, engineering and math in their college studies.

Survey finds COVID-19 accelerated virtual care, healthcare payments digitization

The new data is from the proprietary and third annual Healthcare Payments Insight Report from U.S. Bank.

#SupportLocal highlights passion and perseverance of small businesses

U.S. Bank is supporting and celebrating customers with a social media campaign as economy recovers.

Supporting young entrepreneurs one cookie sale at a time with the Girl Scouts

U.S. Bank mobile app, virtual docu-signing among solutions helping Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri through their busiest time of year

Downtown Portland welcomes new U.S. Bank branch

New 4th and Montgomery location showcases company’s latest design concept.

District manager helped blaze the trail for modern branch design

Mariam Abrahams reflects on her leadership path at the bank

U.S. Bank announces new cryptocurrency custody services for institutional investment managers

NYDIG will act as sub-custodian.

CRE leader opens doors for clients and communities

Dhiren Patel talks about what drives him – and opportunities for change.

New ranking says U.S. Bank has been most essential bank amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Harris Poll ranking polled Americans on resolve, trustworthiness, responsiveness and permanence.

U.S. Bank supports clients during pandemic with loans, bond offerings

We helped clients raise billions in the fixed income and loan capital markets.

New to U.S. Bank? Switch your paycheck direct deposit in minutes

U.S. Bank is first large bank to automate direct deposit switching.

New U.S. Bank branch celebrates Pride and previews the future of banking

The branch is located in the first officially recognized LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the United States.

U.S. Bank: Spending by freight shippers remains high while volume drops slightly

In Q1 2022, shippers faced major headwinds, including closure of key U.S.-Canadian bridge.

U.S. Bank small-dollar loans help customers in a pinch

U.S. Bank was the first bank of scale to offer a small-dollar loan product to help customers cover an unexpected expense. It’s also leveraging customer engagement with the product to drive financial education.

U.S. Bank Shopper Cash Rewards™ Visa Signature® Card slims wallets, expenses

Shopper Cash Rewards™ Card earns up to 6% cash back on purchases from a choice of two out of 24 retailers.

One year later, U.S. Bank branch employees reflect on COVID-19

We’ve relied on both technology and ingenuity to serve customers amid the pandemic.

U.S. Bank’s first embedded payment solutions as part of Microsoft collaboration

One of the first banks to directly embed its own payment tools within Microsoft Dynamics 365, U.S. Bank delivers easy-to-implement, efficient payment capabilities.

#usbankroadtrip showcases the human side of banking at our branches

Videos from across the country will be released over the next five months on U.S. Bank social media channels.

U.S. Bank reopens Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application process for first- and second-draw loans

Businesses will have until March 31, 2021 to apply or until funds run out.

U.S. Bank provides update on commitment to addressing economic inequities

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis a year ago, our company committed to several initiatives to address social and economic inequities.

U.S. Bank provides $450,000 investment in Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Our employees will provide on-site counsel and guidance on financial, payments, technology and innovation topics.

U.S. Bank pilots new financial wellness program with Operation HOPE

We’re partnering with the nonprofit organization for the pilot program in Denver and Chicago.

U.S. Bank, Payactiv unveil new Earned Wage Access solution for employers

Employers who pay wages via U.S. Bank Focus Card can provide employees access to a portion of their earned income instantly.

U.S. Bank partners with Mastercard to launch U.S. Bank Voyager Mastercard for fleet industry

The dual-network fleet card now offers increased flexibility for fleet-related expenses.

U.S. Bank names Derek Martin St. Louis market president

Martin will lead the Commercial Banking group in the St. Louis market.

U.S. Bank names capital markets blockchain lead

Milena Kohlhofer will help identify blockchain products that add efficiencies to capital markets business and advise Corporate & Commercial Banking clients on blockchain solutions.

Community partnerships, U.S. Bank Focus Card drive affordable banking access

In California and beyond, U.S. Bank and community partners are helping hundreds and thousands of underbanked individuals receive affordable access to banking.

Cobrowse marks three-year milestone with millions of fans

Rolled out in the early stages of pandemic, the customer-centric feature has proven to be extremely popular long-term, with consistently high customer satisfaction scores and new video features

Cleantech entrepreneur Ciara May wants to recycle your hair

The Rebundle founder is $25,000 winner of the 2021 U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award.

State Farm® and U.S. Bank unveil new consumer and business credit cards

State Farm customers can receive cash back on insurance premium payments and the things they buy every day.

State Farm and U.S. Bank announce strategic alliance

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States.

U.S. Bank named best big bank in 16 states by Newsweek

Banks evaluated on customer service, savings and checking accounts, and digital tools during COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Bank named a 2021 World’s Best Bank by Global Finance Magazine

We won the top honor in three U.S. regions: Great Lakes, Plains and Southwest.

U.S. Bank Mobile App receives user experience recognition from Forrester

Independent research and advisory firm Forrester the latest to acknowledge the U.S. Bank Mobile App.

U.S. Bank Mobile App ranked No. 1 overall

Industry benchmarking firm Keynova Group ranks U.S. Bank #1 overall in mobile banking, including #1 for mobile app.

U.S. Bank Mobile App named No. 1 for customer service

Business Insider Intelligence also named the recently rebuilt app No. 2 overall, up nine spots.

U.S. Bank Mobile App continues to win accolades, add new features

Ranked #1 by a consensus of benchmarking firms, the app just keeps getting better – and extending its lead.

U.S. Bank, Microsoft accelerate the future of banking with cloud computing

Companies join forces to drive U.S. Bank’s transformation to the cloud with Microsoft Azure, build foundation for new experiences for customers and employees.

U.S. Bank makes it easy for small businesses to project their cash flow

The new online banking tool provides a forecast of account balances up to 90 days ahead, as well as a 90-day historical view, giving clients important information to help plan for their business.

U.S. Bank, LiquidX collaborate to simplify, accelerate supply-chain financing

Integrated solution will unlock valuable working capital while helping to speed transactions and reduce borrowing costs.

U.S. Bank leader: Union Bank acquisition ‘game-changer’ for California customers

California customers to enjoy greater convenience, improved technology and continued focus on building strong communities, he says.

U.S. Bank launches VantagePoint Accounts Receivable Matching

This feature further enhances our leading corporate accounts receivable automation service.

U.S. Bank launches Triple Cash Rewards Visa for business with 3% cash back

Cardholders can also qualify for an annual software expense credit.

U.S. Bank launches solution with FuelHub to optimize bulk fuel payments

U.S. Bank to pay refiners and wholesalers, provide bulk fuel buyers with extended terms to make payment.

U.S. Bank launches Simple Loan to meet customers’ short-term cash needs

Customers can borrow between $100 and $1,000 with no hidden fees.

U.S. Bank launches new vehicle shopping, ownership tools

Expanded digital capabilities simplify and streamline the experience.

U.S. Bank launches nation’s first Spanish-language voice assistant for banking

We are making it easier and simpler for our Spanish-speaking customers to bank digitally.

Celebrating a technology milestone to help clients

Nearly 10,000 U.S. Bank client accounts migrated to new custody platform.

Business Access Advisors help take minority small businesses to the next level

The initiative, launched in 2021 as part of U.S. Bank Access Commitment, has already served more than 1,000 businesses in 2022.

Betsy Cadwallader focuses on ‘resilience and recovery’ in new leadership role

The regional Commercial Banking leader’s expanded portfolio at U.S. Bank spans from Pacific Northwest to the Rockies.

Barron’s names Gunjan Kedia to 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance

Kedia is vice chair of Wealth Management and Investment Services at U.S. Bank.

Bank Smartly brings new approach to checking at U.S. Bank

Program includes access to Smart Rewards benefits based on overall relationship.

Saving small business owners time and effort to focus on their passion

Deepening business relationships and creating simplicity through digital tools and services.

Robots and metaverse and digital twins, oh my! U.S. Bank innovation at CES 2023

The U.S. Bank team returns to the first in-person CES show in Las Vegas since 2020 to check out the latest trends and technology.

Road warriors, rejoice! New U.S. Bank card rewards small businesses for travel

The U.S. Bank Business Altitude™ Connect World Elite Mastercard® provides smart solutions and powerful rewards for growing businesses on the move.

Ankit Bhatt needs help serving millions of customers

Our consumer digital leader is hiring customer-obsessed colleagues to shape the U.S. Bank Mobile App and more.

Andy Cecere talks digital transformation, expansion strategy and more in new Q&A

Our chairman, president and CEO recently spoke with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Amid record usage, U.S. Bank mobile check deposit named best in class

The continually improving feature is one of many ways that we have served customers amid the pandemic.

Reflecting the communities we serve

U.S. Bank launches military flagship branch program in Tacoma, Washington.

A 136-year ranching legacy lives on in Nebraska with U.S. Bank at its side

The Maddux Cattle Company in western Nebraska has strategically navigated the ups and downs of agriculture for four generations.

1992 kicked off years of rapid change at U.S. Bank

Our Minnesota-based company, and banking itself, looked very different the last time the big game came to town.

100 million transactions later, debit card proves to be a point of Pride

The community-inspired card design empowers customers to turn simple payments into meaningful actions.

Publication names U.S. Bank No. 2 Most Innovative Bank, No. 2 Best Board

Bank Director ranks company among the 10 Best National Banks.

Plaid and U.S. Bank collaborate to deliver a secure open finance experience

The rapid integration enables improved choice and flexibility for customers when linking third-party apps with their accounts.

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