Latin American Film Series
This is the second annual installation of a film series that features some of the best and most exciting examples of both recent and classic Latin American film making.
Dates and times:
September 19, 7PM
Directed by: Maria Ramos, Brazil, 2018
The Trial is a fascinating documentary that follows the recent impeachment of former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. With extraordinary access, the film gives an excellent primer on the current volatile political situation in Brazil.
100 Children Waiting for a Train
October 3, 7PM
Directed by: Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 1988
100 Children Waiting for a Train, a film made during the final years of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, follows Alicia Vega, a woman who leads weekly cinema workshops for children in the lower-class suburbs of Santiago. The film is a moving testament to the joys and pedagogical uses of cinema.
Embrace of the Serpent
October 10, 7PM
Directed by: Ciro Guerra, Columbia, 2015
Embrace of the Serpent is a beautifully shot narrative based on two expeditions up the Amazon in search of a plant with magical healing powers. Both expeditions, 40 years apart, are conducted by Karamakate, a shaman, and two different European scientists. Shades of Apocalypse Now, but with a powerful emphasis on indigenous perspectives on colonialism.
Memories of Underdevelopment
October 17, 7PM
Tomás Guttiérez Alea, Cuba, 1968
Memories of Underdevelopment is a newly restored classic of Cuban cinema’s glory days in the 1960s, the story of a disaffected Cuban intellectual observing the heady and chaotic early days of the Cuban revolution.
Nostalgia for the Light
October 24, 7PM
Directed by: Patricio Guzmán, Chile, 2010
Nostalgia for the Light, made by the masterful Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán, explores connections between the studies of the origins of the universe made by astronomers in the arid Atacama desert of Northern Chile, and the tireless work of families trying to find the remains of their disappeared loved ones, murdered by the Pinochet dictatorship and buried in secret graves.