Film Festival

Fall 2020: 27th (Virtual) "Reel"Latin American Film Festival

 

For more information, visit the film festival website:
 http://www.medina502.com/reel_latinamerica_2019/

 

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The Department of Classical and Modern Languages presents the 27th (Virtual) ‘Reel’Latin American Film Festival. 

It will run from October 17 to November 20 using a virtual format.
The films will be shown on demand from the Pragda Spanish Film Club (except for one.)
And we hold discussions on the last day of screenings, Fridays at 6:30 led by experts in the topics addressed by the film. 
Everyone welcome.
Please email us with questions, Manuel Medina, Manuel.medina@louisville.edu, or Melissa Groenewold, Melissa-groenewold@louisville.edu


Credentials: 

Link: https://pragda.com/sfc-event/university-of-louisville 
User: SFC@UniversityofLouisville 
Password: mnHInza$VfsmT3xHq4BfJ&kb

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. 
Sponsors and/or supporters: Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Al Día en América Spanish Newspaper. Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Modern Languages Fund, LGBT Program.



 

Director:  Miguel Salazar, Colombia, 2018
Length:  110 minutes

Watch this film between 10/16/2020 and 10/23/2020.
Access to the film will be available during this time period only.
https://pragda.com/sfc-event/university-of-louisville/ 

Post-screening discussion and Q&A session on Friday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams. 
led by Dr. Walter Rodríguez, University of Louisville

Ciro Galindo was born on August 29, 1952, in Colombia. Wherever he went, war always found him. His children were recruited by the armies of war; his family was repeatedly displaced; and his wife Anita, an indigenous woman, died of sadness. Foreign to the system, but a victim of the system, Ciro has led a heroic anonymous struggle to live life on his own terms.
After twenty years of friendship, I understood that Ciro’s life sums up the history of Colombia. He is a privileged on-site witness of a war that seems distant and confusing. Ciro and Me narrates Ciro’s journey to meet his past in a quest to rebuild his life and create a future for him and his son. Like so many Colombians, Ciro is a survivor who after sixty years of fleeing the war, dreams of living in peace and dignity. Synopsis taken from the Pragda Film Festival site.

Director:  Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte, Chile, 2013
Length:  108 minutes

Watch this film between 10/24/2020 and 10/30/2020..
Access to the film will be available during this time period only.

Post-screening discussion and Q&A session on Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams. 
led by XX, University of Louisville

A coming of age story, I Am From Chile draws from the director’s personal experiences to tell a different kind of immigration story.
I Am from Chile is the story of Salvador, who moves to London from Chile to study English and travel around Europe at his parents’ expense. He stays with his aunt María (acclaimed Chilean actress Paulina García of Gloria, Illiterate), who makes a rather decent living renting the rooms of her house to other immigrants. But when a financial crisis back home leaves Salvador with no resources of his own, he has no other choice but to make ends meet with the help of María and his roommates (including a Russian drug dealer and his Japanese girlfriend), taking on a series of short-term, and at times, dangerous jobs. Difficult and challenging situations will force Salvador out of his protected bourgeois reality and into the real world. Synopsis taken from the Pragda Film Festival site.
 

Director:  Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, USA, 2019
Length:  125 minutes

Watch this film between 10/31/2020 and 11/6/2020
Access to the film will be available during this time period only.

Post-screening discussion and Q&A session on Friday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams. 
led by XX, University of Louisville


Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s powerfully inventive docu-thriller — a prison escape drama in reverse — tells the incredible true story of Marco and Viri, two members of the Dreamer-led National Immigrant Youth Alliance who embark on a mission to stop deportations from within a for-profit immigration detention center. Intentionally getting themselves detained, the two young activists find themselves living among hundreds of multinational immigrants — all imprisoned without trial. As they discover a nightmarishly complex institution, they work undercover to impede some of the imminent deportations. Interlacing documentary footage of the real “infiltrators” with scripted re-enactments, The Infiltrators is both a gripping account of a high-stakes mission and an urgent, vital portrait of a group of inspirational young people fighting for change.
Note: Since the film’s debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, ICE has deported Claudio Rojas back to Argentina in what the filmmakers believe to be an act of retaliation for his participation in the film. Synopsis taken from the Pragda Film Festival site.


 


Director:  Diego Lublinsky, Argentina, 2018
Length:  90 minutes

Watch this film between 11/7/2020 and 11/13/2020
Access to the film will be available during this time period only.

Post-screening discussion and Q&A session on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams. 
led by XX, University of Louisville 


Fresh and endearing, Urgent Love uses highly original photography and exceptional artwork to create the playful world where Agustina and Pedro fall in love.

Agustina and her mother, an extroverted, sociable fashion designer, have just arrived in the small town of Resignación in Argentina. Her mother’s messy love life has caused Agustina to develop a mental block when it comes to boys. Pedro, a teenage “loser”, falls in love with her and gradually manages to chip away at the emotional wall Agustina has erected. Teenage hormones, the popular kids with their motorbikes and gelled-back hair, the bragging about sexual conquests…everything is intentionally exposed in this subtle, intelligent, and entertaining comedy that dares to be different. Synopsis taken from the Pragda Film Festival site.


Director:  Xavi Sala, Mexico, 2019
Length:  119 minutes

Watch this film between 11/14/2020 and 11/20/2020.
Access to the film will be available during this time period only.


Post-screening discussion and Q&A session on Friday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams. 
led by XX, University of Louisville 


In a star-making performance, Sótera Cruz brings razor-sharp intensity to her portrayal of Guie’dani, a Zapotec girl determined to fight for her dignity.
Guie’dani is dragged to Mexico City by her mother to help in her work as a housekeeper for an upper-middle-class family. There, the subtle psychological subjugation inflicted by the white family functions as a metaphor for the oppression of the old world by the new. Yet, Guie’dani rejects the life of servitude and seeks her own identity through a friendship with another rebellious teen.
A striking contrast to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Guie’dani’s Navel is a unique coming-of-age narrative exploring the racism inflicted on indigenous people in Mexico and the empowerment of a new generation that refuses to accept it silently. In a star-making performance, Sótera Cruz brings razor-sharp intensity to her portrayal of Guie’dani, a Zapotec girl determined to fight for her dignity. Synopsis Taken from the Pragda Film Festival site.


Special presentation for Pride Week

Director: Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 2019
Length: 107 minutes

Watch this film on Wednesday 10/28 @ 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm.  Streamed via Teams.  

Introduction and post-screening discussion and Q&A session via Teams on Wednesday, October 28 immediately preceding and following the 7:00 p.m. showing. 
led by Dr. Gregory Hutcheson, University of Louisville

In this deeply personal followup to his landmark debut Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamante once again sets his sights on an individual caught between two seeming irreconcilable worlds. When handsome and charismatic Pablo arrives at his affluent family’s house everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved son, devoted father and caring husband. A seemingly exemplary pillar of Guatemala City’s Evangelical Christian community, Pablo’s announcement that he intends to leave his wife for another man sends shock waves through the family. As Pablo tries to acclimate to his new life in the city’s gay subculture with the liberated Francisco, his ultra-religious family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost."If Bustamante’s lucid second feature makes it feel as though the world itself is trembling beneath your feet, it’s because this mercilessly grounded film keys into the devilishness of Pablo’s dilemma: Forcing him to choose between himself and his family is the only way to guarantee that he ultimately loses both" (David Ehrlich, Indiewire).
From the Film Movement Site,


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Manuel F. Medina
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292