Modern Languages

East Stroudsburg University Presents:

The First Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival

September 19 – October 17, 2013
All films will be screened at Beers Lecture Hall on the ESU campus.

 

Download the First Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival poster here

Thursday, September 19
NEGRO
Dash Harris/ USA / 90 min/ English
7:00 PM

Part of a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Through candid interviews from Latinos, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color complex is deconstructed. Directed by Dash Harris.

Director Dash Harris along with two panelists will be present to answer questions about the movie and the topics central to Negro after the screening.  For more information visit http://negrodocumentary.com/

 

Tuesday, September 24
WILAYA
Pedro Pérez Rosado / Spain / 97 min / 2012 / Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles
7:00 PM

Born into a Sahrawi refugee camp before being sent to live with foster parents in Spain, Fatimetu returns to her Saharan birthplace following the death of her mother and, despite having been absent for sixteen years, finds herself expected to resume family duties. With unprecedented access to the Sahrawi community, who are still waiting for status under international law, Wilaya is Pedro Pérez Rosado’s poetic evocation of being caught between two worlds.

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.

 

Thursday, September 26
INFANCIA CLANDESTINA/CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD
Benjamín Ávila / Argentina, Spain, Brazil / 110 min / 2012 / Spanish with English subtitles
7:00 PM

Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12) and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, since his family's survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents' rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation. This story about militancy, undercover life, and love is the Argentine submission for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award.

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.

Tuesday, October 1
CON MI CORAZON EN YAMBO/WITH MY HEART IN YAMBO
María Fernanda Restrepo / Ecuador / 137 min / 2012 / Spanish with English subtitles
7:00 PM

In 1988, when director Fernanda Restrepo was only 10 years old, her life changed in the cruelest of ways: her two brothers—then 14 and 17—vanished without a trace. Only later did the family learn that the boys had been illegally detained, tortured, and murdered by the Ecuadorean police. Now, decades later, with her brothers’ remains still missing, Restrepo embarks on the painful journey of recounting her family’s story. In the process, she comes face to face with the suspects, and documents yet one more search in Lake Yambo, where the boys’ bodies were dumped. “Giving up is the only way to lose a battle,” says Restrepo’s father, still asking for clues and protesting in Quito’s Presidential Palace Square every Wednesday against the lack of answers.

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.

 

Thursday, October 3
EL REGRESO/THE RETURN
Hernán Jiménez / Costa Rica / 95 min / 2011 / Spanish with English subtitles
7:00 PM

The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30 year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda--whose husband recently abandoned her--and their young son Inti--who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated.

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.

 

Tuesday, October 8
HARVEST OF EMPIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LATINOS IN AMERICA
Eduardo López & Peter Getzels / USA / 90 min / 2013 / English
7:00 PM

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, AC LU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

 

Thursday, October 10
AQUI Y ALLA/HERE AND THERE
Antonio Méndez Esparza / USA, Spain, Mexico / 110 min / 2012 / Spanish with English subtitles
7:00 PM

Antonio Méndez Esparza's directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an unexpected take on the traditional immigrant story, Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined; His wife still has the same smile. The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful and there is work in a growing city nearby. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border.

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.

 

Thursday, October 17
THE CLEMENTE EFFECT
Mario Díaz / USA / 77 min / 2013 / English
8:00 PM

The Clemente Effect tells the story of Puerto Rican baseball superstar Roberto Clemente who played for the Pittsburg Pirates from 1955 to 1972. This documentary shows some of the challenges Clemente faced being a Latino playing Major League Baseball during his time. Clemente was honored throughout his career as a superb athlete eventually inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973 becoming the first Latino to receive this honor. “Directed by Mario Diaz (HBO’s Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gómez), The Clemente Effect is an ambitious work that draws extensively from archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s and 70s, including never-before-seen footage of Clemente with his family, playing for the Puerto Rican Winter League and visiting Nicaragua a few months before his death”(Gabriela Nunez at www. Espnmediazone.com).


The First Annual East Stroudsburg University Latino Heritage Month Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Student Activity Association, the Departments of Modern Languages, History, Sports Management, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Frederick Douglass Institute of ESU.

A special thanks to Dr. Bonar Hernández (Dept. of History), Cornelia Sewell (Office of Multicultural Affairs), and Joseph Akob (Recreation Center) for their help in organizing the month-long events

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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

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