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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Mexican Film Festival

Screenings at FAU Boca Raton, Cinema Paradiso and the Pembroke Pines Public Library

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 20, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University will present the best in Mexican film in its Mexican Film Festival, “Viva Mexico: A Retrospective of Mexican Cinema,” held Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, May 5.   Film screenings and lectures will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road, Cinema Paradiso at 503 SE 6 th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, and the Broward County South Regional Public Library at 7300 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines.   The festival will include everything from historical documentaries to popular favorites, and most of the films have English subtitles.

            “This is a great time for Mexican cinema because people are starting to appreciate it beyond its national and regional borders,” said Luis Duno-Gottberg, director of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program at FAU.   “Mexican directors, producers and actors are participating in transnational markets with great success.   We saw this at the recent Academy Awards celebration when many Mexican film makers were recognized, including the Oscar nomination that Alejandro González Iñárritu received for ’Babel.   And this is just the most recent success in a long history of excellent Mexican film.”

            The festival will open with events on the Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road, all of which are free and open to the public.   On Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. there will be a lecture entitled “Mexican Women Directors,” by Nora Erro-Peralta of FAU’s department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature.   The lecture will take place in the Performing Arts Building, room 101.   Then, on Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, Aasia Mohammad Castaneda of the Chiapas Media Project will present the lecture “Organizing and the Indigenous Lens: Zapatista Autonomous Media.”   The Chiapas Media Project is a Mexican/U.S. led effort to provide indigenous people with the means to create their own videos to tell their stories and promote their autonomy.   Castaneda will screen several of the films (with English subtitles) that have resulted from the project.  

            The festival reception will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sean Stein Pavilion in the Barry Kaye College of Business Building at FAU.  The Honorable Consult of Mexico, representing the consulate in Miami, will deliver remarks, and there will be free Mexican food, drinks and music.   This will be followed with the lecture “Distributing Mexican Cinema North of the Border: Challenges and Opportunities,” by Carlos A. Gutierrez, director of Cinema Tropical, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the promotion of Latin American cinema in the United States.   The lecture will take place in the College of Education Building, room 119.

            Film screenings at FAU run from Friday, April 13 through Friday, April 27.   They are free and will be held in the Performing Arts Building, room 101.    Screenings at Cinema Paradiso run from Monday, April 16 through Saturday, May 5 and are $6, with FAU students receiving free admission.   Screenings at the Broward County South Regional Public Library are free and run from Tuesday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 17. A full schedule of the films at all locations can be found at www.fau.edu/artsandlettersnews.

            The festival will close with “Fiesta Mexicana” on Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso.   There will be free Mexican food and drinks, followed by a screening of “Amores Perros.”

      The Mexican Film Festival is presented by FAU’s Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   Additional sponsors include Complete Media Solutions; Sun-Sentinel and El Sentinel; Cinema Paradiso; the Broward County Library; Televisa; Cinema Tropica; Tequila Don Julio; as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Languages and Linguistics and Comparative Literature and its Spanish Program, and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; and the DeSantis Center in FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business.

 For further information, contact Luis Duno-Gottberg at 561-297-0612 or lduno@fau.edu.

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