Fall 2019 Latin American Film Series
Thursdays 7 pm at the Liberal Arts Room 120. Free Admission.
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 filmmaking. Here are short descriptions of each film:
September 19: 7 pm
The Trial (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.
October 3: 7 pm
100 Children Waiting for a Train (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.
October 10: 7 pm
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 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 from one another, 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.
October 17: 7 pm
Memories of Underdevelopment (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.
October 24: 7 pm
Nostalgia for the Light (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.