viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2012

Latino Film Festival

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September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month which is the celebration of the histories and cultures of the spanish speaking countries. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month the Modern Languages Department at CMU is showing a wide range of movies from different countries. Below there are brief descriptions of the movies they  are presenting as well as a flyer. I hope you can all make it and join us in celebrating la cultura hispanic/latino.

Latinos in/on Film Festival 2012


Celebrate with us the Hispanic Heritage Month every week at 7:30PM

in Porter Hall 100 at CMU

*Thursday, September 20th*

*“…y no se lo tragó la tierra”* (Severo Pérez, 1995, United States).
 This landmark of Chicano cinema is an adaptation of Tomas Rivera's 1971
novel of the same title. Told from the perspective of Marcos, the
12-year-old son of migrant Mexican-American farm workers, the film follows
their travels over the course of a year, each of its 12 sections linked to
a month of the calendar. The family starts off in Texas at the beginning of
harvest season. Their hardscrabble journey takes them across the length and
breadth of the Midwest (NY Times)

*Wednesday, September 26th*
*“El Súper” (León Ichaso, 1979, United States).*
A slice of life look at Roberto and Aurelia, Cuban exiles living in New
York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita. It is based on Ivan
Acosta’s play of the same title. It's February, 1978; the winter is harsh,
and for ten years Roberto's been the super of an apartment building, firing
up the boiler, repairing windows, moving bags of garbage. He's homesick for
Cuba, stuck in repetitive conversations about the Bay of Pigs, Castro, and
life back home (IMDb).

*Wednesday, October 3rd*
*“La guagua aerea” (Luis Molina Casanova, 1993, Puerto Rico ).*
Humorous but poignant chronicle of a particular kind of diaspora situation
in which Puerto Ricans have been increasingly involved since the 1960s,
and which consists of an incessant switching back and forth between the
island and the United States. The ‘airbus,’ with its constant commuting
between these two locations, traverses carefully guarded national
airspaces, carrying people, identities, symbols and languages horizontally
across nations (The Commuting Island).

*Saturday, October 6th*
*“Nueba Yol” (Angel Muñiz, 1995, Dominican Republic)*
An immigrant struggles to make a new life in New York City, the Dominican
Republic. Amiable, big-hearted Balbuena, grieving over the recent demise of
his much loved wife, decides he needs a change and so listens to the
exciting pie-in-the-sky talk of his buddy Fellito who suggest that Balbuena
leave the island and move to Nueba Yol (Dominican slang for the Big Apple).
(Rotten Tomatoes)

*Friday, October 12th*

*“A Day Without a Mexican” (Sergio Arau, 2004, United States)*
 “A Day Without a Mexican” ponders the potentially catastrophic results
that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a third of
the state's population, were to suddenly disappear. A series of characters
show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy,
law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social

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