Latin American Film Series
The Center for Latin American Studies presents a film series on a particular theme each quarter of the academic year. CLAS faculty specialists in Latin American cinema determine the theme and choose feature films to be shown on alternate Wednesday evenings during the semester. Graduate students specializing in film/cultural studies serve as film series coordinators. Among their duties is an introduction to each film, covering essential background information on filmmakers, actors, and cultural context. All films in a language other than English have English subtitles. The Latin American Film Series is free and open to the public. Children (accompanied by an adult) and teens are welcome, but discretion is advised as most films are not rated.
Latin American Literatures and Cultures faculty who contribute their expertise to the film series:
VIOLENCE AND CRIME: Contemporary Films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico
In the midst of the tough social context of Pinochet’s dictatorship, Raúl Peralta, a man in his fifties, is obsessed with the idea of impersonating Tony Manero, John Travoltas character in Saturday Night Fever. His urge to reproduce his idol’s likeness drives him to commit a series of crimes and thefts. (Chile-Brasil, 2011, 97”). Pablo Larraín.
Quase Dois Irmaos
Switching back and forth in time between the 1970s and the 2000s, the film follows the friendship between a middle-class left-wing political activist and a criminal from Rio de Janeiro's favelas. (Brasil-Chile-Francia, Lucia Murat, 2004, 102”)
|September25||Los bastardos||Two Mexican immigrants do odd jobs for random sleazy Americans, and usually hang around with their fellow Mexicans at a drop-off spot. Meanwhile, an American mother has trouble communicating with her lackadaisical teenage son. On one evening, the four lives will be forever changed. (Mexico-France-US, 2008, 90”), Amat Escalante|
Un Oso Rojo
|Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison. Now he is out, to finally get his cut of the money and reunite with his family, or at least avenge the damage done. (Argentina- Espana-Francia, Adrian Caetano, 2002, 95”)|
|Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison after she murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it deals with Julia and her son, Tomas, born inside an Argentinean prison. (Argentina-Korea del Sur-Brasil-Espana, Pablo Trapero, 2008, 113”)|
|After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding. (Mexico, 2011). Gerardo Naranjo|