Film: Violeta Went to Heaven (Chile)

Join us for pre-film Chilean music from 5:30 to 6:00, a talk about Chile with Dr. Carson Morris from 6:00 to 6:45 pm, and a cash bar in the Performing Arts Lobby from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
7:00 pm film screening

Andrés Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero, and interweaving key set pieces from Parra’s life to capture the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Loosely based on Ángel Parra’s memoirs of his mother, the film offers a multi-faceted and lyrical portrayal of an influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile’s history. Violeta Parra’s revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement—“nueva canción“—and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies.

2011; Spanish with English subtitles; 110 minutes; not rated.

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The Bank of America provides generous support for this film series

Film: Museo

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
7:00 pm Film Screening

Well into their 30s, Juan and Benjamin can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in Satélite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by pulling off the most infamous heist of cultural artifacts in all of Mexican history—looting the country’s iconic National Anthropology Museum. Museo Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios features Gael García Bernal, Simon Russell Beale, Lynn Gilmartin, Ilse Salas.

2018; Spanish with English subtitles; Alonso Ruizpalacios Director;

Film Screening Free

Film: Sleep Dealer

5:00 pm–7:00 pm DJ, cash bar, and food truck
5;30 pm–6:30 pm Pre-film museum tours
7:00 pm Film Screening

Join us for pre-film tours of the exhibition, Fronteras del Futuro , then jam to futuristic tunes by DJ Sunai. Cash bar and food truck.

 The place:  Mexico.  The time:  The near future.  The world is divided by closed borders, but connected by a digital network that ties people together around the world.  In Santa Ana del Río, Oaxaca, where a corporation controls the small village’s water supply, Memo Cruz dreams of heading north to a big city where he can work in a high-tech factory.  When his dream becomes a reality, his reality becomes a nightmare of border walls, shanty towns, remote control drones, and security forces searching for “aqua-terrorists.”

2008; United States & Mexico; English; Alex Rivera Director; PG-13

Pre-film tour $3
Film Screening Free

Film: Érase una vez en Venezuela, Congo Mirador

12:00 pm (available for 48 hours)
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In Anabel Rodríguez Ríos’ “reflection of a divided country,” the floating village of Congo Mirador, a short distance from Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, is seen through the eyes of two women, espousing opposing ideologies, who are still trying to sustain life in a town that is dying from drought, pollution, corruption, and neglect.

2020; Spanish with English subtitles; 99 minutes; rated PG-13.

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Film: Sanmao, la novia del desierto

12:00 pm (available for 48 hours)
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In the 1970s, Chinese writer Sanmao and Spanish diver José María Quero traveled to the Spanish Sahara, where Sanmao captured their daily experiences in a best-selling book, Tales from the Sahara. In Sanmao, la novia del desierto, filmmakers Marta Arribas and Ana Pérez recount the story of two people from radically different worlds whose relationship, marked by love, adventure, and tragedy, ultimately served to unite these worlds. Sanmao’s public persona remains iconic to this day.

2020; Spanish with English subtitles; 86 minutes; rated PG-13.

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Film: A media voz

12:00 pm (available for 48 hours)
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Patricia Pérez and Heidi Hassan, directors of A media voz, are childhood friends who face the challenges of uprooting as they try to rebuild their lives away from Cuba. This moving auto-ethnographic documentary about nostalgia, friendship, roots, and exile reflects the uneasiness of an entire generation.

2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 80 minutes; rated G.

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Film: Equipo D: los códigos olvidados

12 pm (available for 48 hours
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Jorge Laplace’s Equipo D: los códigos olvidados documents a story of World War II that has yet to be told. Team D, formed by Spanish Republicans in exile, played a decisive role in the Allied victory by deciphering codes encrypted by Germany’s Enigma machine.

2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 61 minutes; rated PG-13.

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Film: Hija de la laguna

12 pm (available for 48 hours
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In Ernesto Cabellos’ Hija de la laguna, a young campesina in the Andes struggles to defend the lagoon that she considers her mother against South America’s largest gold mining company. Just under the lagoons of the Peruvian region of Cajamarca are rich deposits of gold, pitting farmers who fear that they will run out of water against large corporations seeking to exploit these natural resources.

2015; Spanish with English subtitles; 87 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Silvia

12 pm (available for 48 hours
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María Silvia Esteve’s Silvia attempts to make sense of a personal history steeped in violence and denial, experimenting with blurred images of the Argentine filmmaker’s parents and the inconsistent memories of her sisters. It is a portrait of the bond between a mother and her daughters, and a revelation of unspoken words that find new meanings beyond pain.

2018; Spanish with English subtitles; 103 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Bajo el silencio

12 pm (available for 48 hours
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In Iñaki Arteta’s Bajo el silencio, a young journalist travels to the Basque Country to interview past members of the ultra-nationalist terrorist group ETA and their ideological allies, to listen to their explanations of their actions, and to find out what mark this history has left on the region following the cessation of the armed struggle in 2011.

2020; Spanish with English subtitles; 153 minutes; rated PG-13.

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