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Latin American Film Festival

The Department of Modern Languages will be hosting a Latin American Film Festival from 10/16 to 11/5.  The goal of this film festival is to introduce students and the campus community to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America as depicted in contemporary cinema.

Films include:

 10/16 in Hagerty (6:30 pm)
*"Después de Lucía" (2012), a Mexican coming of age film that discusses bullying and gender violence among young adults in a wealthy suburb of Mexico City.

10/22 in Orinda Room, Soda Center (6 pm)
*"Aquí y allá" (2012) winner of the top prize at the Critic’s Week selection of the Cannes Film Festival, portrays a surprising immigrant’s story from New York to his small mountain village in Guerrero.

10/29 in Hagerty (6:30 pm)
*"Y también la lluvia" (2011) follows a film crew that travels to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus’s conquest. They unexpectedly land themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive at Cochabamba, Bolivia, during the intensifying 2000 Cochabamba protests around water rights, which their key native actor Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri) persistently leads.

11/5 in Hagerty (6 pm)
*"La muerte de Pinochet" (2011) chronicles the day that Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet dies. The documentary uses original footage and the testimonies of four characters who lived through that day, to relate the end of a key chapter in Chile’s history. A work that balances tragedy and comedy, it is a surprising portrait of Chilean society.

11/12 in Hagerty (6pm)
 *"Chico and Rita" (2012), the animated feature, which tells a story of love and loss during the Cuban Revolution (and features an amazing soundtrack!)

All films feature English subtitles.

Additionally, SMC faculty, knowledgeable in Latin American politics, immigration and cinema will briefly introduce each film in order to provide the audience context for each movie.

Please do come and watch all or some of these films and encourage your students to attend!

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation.  Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Contact 

Professor María Luisa Ruiz

mlruiz@stmarys-ca.edu

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