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East Stroudsburg University Presents:

The 3rd Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival

September 24 – October 15, 2015
Films will be screened at Pocono Community Theater and ESU campus.

Download the Third Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Festival poster here

Thurs., Sept. 24, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Fri., Oct. 2, 7:00 PM, Pocono Community Theater
Paraíso / Paradise
Mariana Chenillo / Mexico / 105 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles


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Childhood sweethearts Carmen and Alfredo live a life of quiet bliss in Satélite, a sleepy suburb outside of Mexico City. When Alfredo is offered a promotion, the lovebirds make the move into the bustling metropolis.

 

Tues., Sept. 29, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sat., Oct. 3, 2:00 PM, Pocono Community Theater
El Facilitador/The Facilitator
Víctor Arregui / Chile, Ecuador, USA / 83 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles


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Elena comes back to Ecuador to help her father overcome his illness. She spends most of her time between drugs and alcohol. While visiting her grandpa in the Andes Elena gets involved in the fight for water access in an indigenous community. She gradually understands that among family secrets, corruption and dark perversions commitment and beauty can emerge.

 

Thurs., Oct. 1, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sat., Oct. 3, 5:00 PM. Pocono Community Theater
Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest
Arturo Menéndez / El Salvador / 83 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles


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Don Cleo, a humble seller of Piñatas, who lives in a little town in El Salvador; arrives at home after a long day of work to find an extortion letter at his door steps. That letter tells him that if he doesn't pay $500 in 72 hours, a small fortune for him, he will be killed. He quickly decides to raise that money whatever way possible with friends, and acquaintances. However, after various attempts and finding himself further into trouble, he decides to confront his perpetrators. This desperate decision leads him to devastating results.

Q&A with director after the screening. (ESU screening only)

Tues., Oct. 6, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sun., Oct. 4, 2:00 PM, Pocono Community Theater
Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona
Eva Vila / Spain / 84 min / 2013 / Spanish with English subtitles


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Flamenco is one of the world's few art forms that is believed to be passed down exclusively through bloodlines. For Barcelona's Gypsy community, it cannot be learned at a school or on paper. It is lived within the home, created at the bar and perfected on the street corner. Bajari goes to all those places with the dancer Karime Amaya-who is working with some of the most talented up-and-coming musicians and dancers to create an innovative show-and little 5-year old Juanito Manzano who takes his first steps to dance in it and earn his white flamenco boots. Their experiences form a journey of discovery of this living tradition and create an intimate portrait of how flamenco's legacy is kept alive within Barcelona's tight-knit Gypsy community.

Q&A with director after the screening. (ESU screening only)

 

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sun., Oct. 4, 5:00 PM, Pocono Community Theater
Mr. Kaplan
Álvaro Brechner / Spain, Uruguay, Germany / 98 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles


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After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby beach, he becomes convinced that he's found a Nazi in hiding and plans to expose him. Expertly distilling a potent mixture of emotional depth and deadpan comedy, Mr. Kaplan is a vivacious meditation on family, aging, and the drive for significance.

 

Thur., Oct. 15, 5:00 PM, Pocono Community Theater
Adelante
Noam Osband / USA / 51 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles


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'Adelante' is about the Mexican community in Norristown, PA. It focuses on St. Patrick's Church, as the Latino revitalization of this once moribund church mirrors the way Latinos revitalized Norristown itself. In particular, it shows how immigrants have relied on the church to adjust to a new country, as plants of temporary residency have turned into permanent resettlement, and how American parishioners have learned to embrace this new group. Centered on various events from 2010, the film shows the ways this new population has inexorably changed the church, bringing within its walls new customs, new ceremonies, and new concerns.

Q&A with director after the screening


The Third Annual East Stroudsburg University Latino Heritage Month Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Languages, the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the ESU Center for Research and Economic Development, Inc. A special thanks to Dr. Susana Maiztegui (Dept. of Modern Languages), Dr. Jeff Ruth (Dept. of Modern Languages), Dr. Margaret Ball (Dept. of Theater), Courtney Tolino (President, Pocono Community Theater), and the staff at the Pocono Community Theater for their help in organizing the film festival.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and 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

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On-campus screenings (Stroud 113): enjoy FREE POPCORN during the movie courtesy of Aramark.

One-Day Visitor Parking Pass available at ESU Police Parking Department, Hemlock Suites (Bldg #82 on campus map).

Pocono Community Theater screenings: ESU Students with a current i.d. can receive a $2 popcorn/soft drink combo at the concession stand.

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