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FAU Presents a Film Series on Latin America

BOCA RATON, FL (October 1, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a Latin American Film Series titled “Political Images from Latin America.” The films, which are in Spanish with English subtitles, will be shown weekly from Wednesday, October 10 through Wednesday, November 7 in the Performing Arts Building, room 101 on the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. There will be introductions by FAU faculty members, and all events are free and open to the public.

The first film, “También la lluvia/ Even the Rain” will be shown on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by Michael Horswell of the department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature. The film tells the story of Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew, who are in Bolivia, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in the protest movement.

The next film, “El Violin/ The Violin,” will be shown on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by Chris Robé of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. In this film, in an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition hidden in a field. A family of grandfather, son, and grandson are among the rebels in the hills. The grandfather, with his violin over his shoulder, tries to pass the checkpoint, ostensibly to tend his corn crop. The commanding officer lets him pass but insists on a daily music lesson. Can the old man ferry out the ammunition in his violin case under the soldiers' nose?

Then on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. the film “Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês /How Tasty was My Little Frenchman” will be shown, with an introduction by Gerald Sim, FAU School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portugues. A Frenchman is captured by the Tupinambás, and in spite of his trial to convince them that he is French, they believe he is Portuguese, and so they enslave him.

On Thursday, November 1 at 4 p.m., Dennis Hanlon of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland will present the lecture “Jorge Sanjinés’ ‘All-Encompassing Sequence Shot’: From Revolutionary Practice to Indigenismo?” Jorge Sanjinés is best remembered in the United States for his 1969 film, “Blood of the Condor,” which was partly responsible for the Peace Corps being kicked out of Bolivia in 1971. In addition to using cinema to resist dictatorships and yanquish imperialism, Sanjinés was also one of the first to theorize the representation of non-Western subjectivities in cinema. This talk explores his development of the ’Andean sequence shot,’ a form he believed to be consonant with indigenous Andean perceptions of space and time, in relation to indigenismo, a tradition of literary representations of indigenous peoples originating in Peru.

The final event in the series will be the screening of “When the Mountains Tremble,” on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m., with an introduction by Inbal Mazar, a Ph.D. candidate in FAU’s languages, linguistics and comparative literature program. The film is a documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

The film series is sponsored by FAU’s Peace Studies Program and organized by the department of languages, linguistics, and comparative literature and The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, in Collaboration with The Caribbean and Latin American Students Program and Sigma Delta Pi. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533 or e-mail


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