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East Stroudsburg University Presents:

The 2nd Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival

September 13 – September 21, 2014
All films will be screened at Beers Lecture Hall on the ESU campus.

Download the Second Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival poster here

Saturday, September 13
Las vacas con gafas/Cows Wearing Glasses
Alex Santiago Perez / Puerto Rico / 93 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles
2:00 PM


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'Cows wearing glasses' is a film about the emotional awakening of a man who is nearing the end of his days. Marso, a solitary and eccentric painter and art professor, has a disease that will make him lose his sight at any time and that has forced him to rethink the relationship with his daughter, while taking stock of a life full of professional success but unsatisfactory on the personal level. With touches of humor to tell small daily humiliations, 'Cows wearing glasses' is a reflection on the position of a man facing the inevitable. An intimate story, reduced to a minimum, which shows the internal reality of a character to the brink of his circumstances.

 

Saturday, September 13
¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?/Who is Dayani Cristal?
Marc Silver / Mexico, USA / 85 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles
5:00 PM


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Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story. For mature audiences only

 

Sunday, September 14
Arrugas/Wrinkles
Ignacio Ferreras / Spain / 89 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles
2:00 PM


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Based on Paco Roca’s national award-winning graphic novel, Wrinkles illustrates the visual beauty and tender emotion that can be created by traditional animation as it tackles a universal subject matter with humor and acerbic wit. The hand-drawn animation style allows the film to move freely between the reality-bound daily lives of the ‘inmates’ and their more colorful dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter and pulling no punches in its critique of society’s attitude toward the elderly.

Saturday, September 20
Pelo malo/Bad Hair
Mariana Rondón / Venezuela / 93 min / 2013 / Spanish with English subtitles
2:00 PM


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Junior is a precocious 9-year-old boy living in the housing projects of Caracas who wants nothing more than to straighten his head of tight curls for his yearbook photo. A desire that borders on obsession, it stirs homophobic panic in his mother, Marta, who is overtaxed from losing her husband, raising two children, and attempting to find a job. As she sharply recoils at Junior’s self-expression and abrasively acts to correct his behavior, Junior manages to find acceptance (and straight hair) in the company of his loving grandmother. From Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondon and featuring newcomer Samuel Lange in a beautifully standout performance, Bad Hair is a painfully tender coming-of-age drama about a boy caught in a maelstrom of identity and intolerance. For mature audiences only

 

Sunday, September 21
Pensé que iba a haber fiesta/I Thought It Was a Party
Victoria Galardi / Argentina, Spain / 85 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles
2:00 PM


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I Thought It Was a Party is an incredibly engaging character study between the personalities of two best fiends, Lucia and Ana. Lucia (Valeria Bertuccelli) decides to go on vacation to Uruguay with her new boyfriend and Ana (Elena Anaya) agrees to look after her house and 12-year-old daughter in Buenos Aires. But when Lucia’'s ex, Ricky, stops by, the sparks fly between him and Ana and the two plunge into a passionate affair. Ana suddenly finds herself caught among her best friend, her new lover, and her fear of commitment. For mature audiences only


The Second Annual East Stroudsburg University Latino Heritage Month Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, The Student Activity Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Frederick Douglass Institute of ESU, and the Departments of English, Theatre, History, and Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Film Festival coordinator: Dr. Annie Mendoza, Department of Modern Languages.

For more information visit www.esu.edu/ml or email amendoza@esu.edu

The event is free and open to the public

Parking is free on ESU campus for the film festival; attendees may park in any available open space that is not otherwise reserved (for police, facilities, etc).

The views expressed in the films do not necessarily reflect those of East Stroudsburg University