Documentaries About Latin America

LATIN AMERICA THROUGH THE EYES OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

 

Rodrigo Reyes (USA/Mexico)

Themes
Border Issues, Hybrid Identities, Immigration and Migration

Films:

Memories Of The Future
Purgatorio

Natalia Almada (USA/Mexico)

Everardo Gonzalez (Mexico)

Ryan Suffern (USA/Guatemala)

Pamela Yates (USA/Guatemala)

Indie Lens Pop-Up: National Bird


 FREE Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 – 9 Pm

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The tense and timely film, which had to be made in relative secrecy, gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. Plagued by guilt over the killing of faceless people in foreign countries and suffering from PTSD, the veterans decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Executive produced by renowned filmmakers Wim Wenders and Errol Morris.

Simposio

Simposio sobre cine y audiovisual de de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios sobre Cine y Audiovisual (AsAECA).

8 y 9 de agosto de 2017 en la ciudad de Tandil (Argentina).

El evento está pensado como la antesala del VI Congreso de AsAECA que se realizará en

marzo de 2018. El simposio propone una dinámica flexible mediante la conformación de

mesas de diálogo consecutivas que se realizará durante la tarde en la sala de cine de la

Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNICEN). Los

participantes serán reconocidos investigadores de distintivos centros de investigación del

mundo. Las discusiones y exposiciones se llevarán a cabo en castellano dada las características

del evento.

El simposio está coorganizado por el Departamento de Historia y Teoría del Arte (Facultad

de Arte – UNICEN) y será registrado y transmitido por la Productora de Contenidos

Audiovisuales de la institución.

Pablo Piedras

(Presidente de AsAECA: http://www.asaeca.org/)

Javier Campo

(Director del Departamento de Historia y Teoría del Arte:

https://www.dhtarte.wordpress.com/)

The Bad Kids


SOKA COMMUNITY CINEMA PRESENTS INDIE LENS POP-UP – THE BAD KIDS
Date: 02.23.2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216


Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.

Admission: Free

For more information about the films and Indie Lens Pop-up, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up/

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Inner Borderlines: Visions of America Through the Eyes of Alejandro Morales

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
7:00- 8:30 p.m. Pauling 216

Q&A with Professor and protagonist of Inner Borderlines Alejandro Morales (University of California, Irvine).

 

 

INNER BORDERLINES: VISIONS OF AMERICA THROUGH THE EYES OF ALEJANDRO MORALES

 

(72 min, English and Spanish, dir. Luis Mancha)

 

Inner Borderlines follows Alejandro Morales around Southern California as he explores a variety of topics that concern the Chicano/Latino community including: history, immigration, race relations, ethnicity, family, labor, education, religion, memory, gender, power, border, borderlands, and the fantastic.

Recognized by many as a pioneer of Chicano literature and precursor of bilingualism-he writes in Spanish and English-, Morales presents a unique vision of America, different from the image that the United States projects abroad.

 

Morales has authored several historical biographies in which he tells the fictional story of a character’s life using historical personages and events, bringing together his love for both history and writing. His works are examples of Miguel de Unamuno’s idea of Intra History, writing about the significance of the lives of ordinary people; of Linda Hutcheon’s theory of Historiographic Metafiction, the practice of writing aware of theory, history and fiction as strategies to rethink and reevaluate the past; and Irving Stone’s practice of writing biographical novels.
He considers that the sites between epistemological discourses have coalesced and are continuously intersecting. In reference to any one of his books Morales says “If you read my books like works of history, you are reading fiction; if you read my books like works of fiction, you are reading history.” He believes that creative, imaginative works are equal in importance as empirical works, perhaps even more important as catalysts for inquiry and change.

SUA Community Cinema presents:

Tuesday October 4th, 2016 
7:00- 8:30 Pauling 216


Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories

(30 min, Spanish with English subs, dir. Santos and Hosek) 


Q&A with Professor and director Jennifer Hosek

When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba pedaled its way to independence–by bicycle. What has become of Havana’s sole-powered communities born out of the need to move without petrol? Many city inhabitants live, love or hate the bicycle these days. However, unlike in the toughest part of the Special Period, they struggle with difficulties like expensive spare parts and inadequate public infrastructure. This documentary by Jaime Santos Menéndez and Jennifer Ruth Hosek takes us into the diverse and yet similar lives of five Havana cyclists. Guided by a Virgilesque, street-wise mechanic, it maps the city and relates a unique people’s history begun in the nineties past of the Chinese Forever bicycle. Rodando’s bicycle-level vision reveals a lot about Cuba’s present and future.

Indie Lens Pop-Up and SUA Community Cinema Presents:

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

7:00-8:30 p.m. Pauling 216


MEET THE PATELS
Directed by Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel

MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams … and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.

Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.



Upcoming Community Cinema Screenings 2016

January 21st 

In Football We Trust by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn

In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.

February 8th 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

April 5th

Peace Officer by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber

The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who’s been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.

April 21st
The Armor of Light by Abigail Disney

Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.