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Thursday, November 4 | 7 pm.  Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, Durham, NC

Saturday, Novmeber 6  | 7pm. Campus Cinema, Witherspoon Student Center, North CarolinaRaleigh, NC State University,

 South of the Border.  Oliver Stone. (Venezuela/USA, 2009) 102 min.

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.  English and Spanish with English subtitles.


Saturday, November 6 | 4:30 pm.  Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC

Do Outro Lado Do Rio/From the other side of the river. Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil, 2004) 89 min.

In a borderline ambiance, between Brazil and French Guyana, small stories reveal the state of discontent of several residents who see themselves, in an obsessive way, only beyond the borderline.

Saturday, November 13  | 7 pm.  Campus Cinema, Witherspoon Student Center, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC

Arrancame la vida/Tear this Heart Out. Roberto Sneider. (Mexico, 2008) 107 min.

A husband with sweeping political ambitions and his outwardly docile wife ultimately use one another as means to an end in this lavish, epic period drama from Mexico, that unfurls in 1930s and '40s Mexico, just after the Mexican Revolution. Though Catalina Guzman was born into a rural family that suffers from abject poverty, she sees a way out via a long-term relationship with the conniving, calculating General Andres Asensio. Asensio's aspirations extend far beyond the confines of the military: he ultimately plans to work his way up to the Mexican presidency. In need of a wife (in part to make his own personal life complete and paint an excellent picture for the public), he beds Catalina before she reaches her 16th birthday, and marries her soon after. Dark clouds soon appear on the horizon in the form of scandals from Asensio's personal life, including time spent in jail for murder and the revelation that he's a philanderer who has fathered children by multiple women, but this doesn't seem to faze Catalina, who has a few agendas of her own. Spanish with English subtitles.

Monday, November 15  | 7 pm.  Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Two Escobars. Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. (Colombia/USA, 2010 ) 102 min.

When Colombia stepped into the sports spotlight, Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel was the focus of the U.S.' war on drugs. He was said to be the world's richest criminal and certainly was the most powerful man in Colombia. However bloody his rule, he was a savior to the poor, building housing in place of flimsy shacks and installing neighborhood soccer fields, where the stellar players of the 1994 team had first distinguished themselves and found escape from poverty. Soccer proved to be perfect for money laundering, and the tug-of-war between drug lords sometimes ended in a referee's murder. The murder at the center of this story involves Andres Escobar, beloved captain of Nacional. With his humble, soft-spoken demeanor and good looks, he was dubbed the Gentleman of the Field. His infamous "own goal" -- the blunder that scored for the other team and cost the favored Colombians their shot at the World Cup -- led to his death at age 27. But the Zimbalists show, too, the cause and effect between Andres' death and that of Pablo six months earlier. They build their case convincingly using real footage, especially of games, and in their present-day interviews with Andres' teammates, sister and fiancee as well as with Pablo's relatives, colleagues and enemies. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Monday, November 15  | 7 pm.  Frank Family Science Center, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

El General/The General. Natalia Almada. (Mexico, 2009) 60 min.

The past and the present collide as filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings about her great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. In his time, Calles was called El Bolshevique and El Jefe Maximo (the Foremost Chief). Today, he is remembered as El Quema-Curas (the Priest Burner) and as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until he was exiled in 1936. Through recordings by Calles’ daughter, El General moves between the memories of a daughter grappling with history’s portrait of her father and the weight of that same man’s legacy in Mexico today. Time is blurred in this complex and visually arresting portrait of a family and country living in the shadow of the past.

Thursday, November 18  | 7 pm.  Campus Cinema, Witherspoon Student Center, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC

El Secreto de Sus Ojos/ The Secret in Their Eyes. Juan Jose Campanella. (Argentina, 2009) 129 min.

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.  In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him.  Spanish with English subtitles.