Film #2 in the
"Latin America and the World" Film Festival
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Xiaobin is 17 years old and does not speak a single word of Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. But a few days later, she already has a new name, Beatriz, and a job in a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in a parallel world in a launderette, far removed from the Argentinians. Xiaobin secretly saves money and enrolls at a language school. She tries out in the street what she learns there. After having learned how to “make appointments,” she arranges to meet a supermarket customer, Vijay. He comes from India, and although they can barely communicate with each other, they start a secret romance. And when she practices the condicional, the form of possibility, Xiaobin starts thinking about the future. What would happen if her parents learned about Vijay? The more she masters the Spanish language, the more she interferes in the scenario.
Languages: Spanish and Mandarin, with English subtitles
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The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.
This film is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the East Asian Studies Center.
Additional co-sponsors of the Latin America and the World Film Festival include: Columbus State Community College, the Area Studies Centers, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of French and Italian, the Center for Ethnic Studies, the Center for Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.