List of films

*All the events are open and free for the public. November 2010 NC Latin American Film Festival

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Monday, November 1, 7 pm.

Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, Durham, NC.

 

Brother Towns/ Pueblos Hermanos

Charlie Thompson and Michael Davey. (USA/Guatemala, 2010) 60 min.

 

This documentary follows two different towns connected through immigration, family and work. Jacaltenango is a highland Maya town in Guatemala.  Jupiter is a coastal resort town in Florida where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film explores the motivations and realities of immigration, including the maintenance of the family during immigration and the exorbitant economic cost to immigrate illegally. Brother Towns presents the rich cultural identity of the Jacaltecos, who have strong Mayan heritage, and addresses the controversy of illegal immigration from both perspectives by interviewing opponents and proponents of illegal immigration.   

English and Spanish with English subtitles.

 

With introduction by Director Charlie Thompson, Q&A to follow

Moderated by Chris Liu-Beers, North Carolina Council of Churches

In Partnership with the Duke Human Rights Center

Trailer at: http://www.brothertowns.com/index_trailer.html

 

Tuesday, November 2, 7 pm.

John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Duke University, Durham, NC

 

¿Que pasa despues de la coca? / Coca Lives

Roberto Lanza, Juan C. Gomez Millo. (Bolivia, 2006) 88 min.

Today, there are 70,000 families in Bolivia whose lives depend exclusively on the ancestral farming of the coca leaf. This practice has been declared illegal for the past 12 years in Bolivia. The US has monitored the application of the law and has engineered consistent military and economic pressure. What are the real motives and consequences behind the US campaign to wipe out the coca leaf culture? Spanish, Quechua, Aymara with English subtitles.


Wednesday, November 3, 7pm.

Alfonso Elder Student Union, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

 

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Tet Ansanm Productions. (Haiti, 2009) 60 min.

An exploration of the effects of globalization and neo-liberal policies in Haiti as reflected in the lives and daily struggles of 5 Haitian women living in Port-Au-Prince. These women tell compelling stories about their experiences working in factories producing items for export for wages that are far from sufficient to meet the cost of living, highlighting the ways in which Haiti has come to serve as a reserve pool of cheap labor for the global marketplace. The film explores themes such as the contraction of the agricultural sector, increased urbanization spawned by neo-liberal policies, the lack of basic services such as healthcare and education, and the gendered dimensions of the violence spawned by widespread poverty in Port-Au-Prince. With narration by Edwige Danticat.  English and Haitian Creole with English subtitles.

Introduced by professor Joshua Nadel. Director Global Studies, NCCU


Wednesday, November 3, 7pm.

Bryan Building, Room 160, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Terras/ Lands

Maya Da-rin. (Brazil, 2009) 75 min.

 

Three countries, two towns, the forest. On the triple frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of Letícia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon rain-forest. Cut-off from the economic centers of its respective countries by the forest and the distance, this border is characterized by the constant transit of people and exchange of goods, the incessant sound of motorcycles and radios, the mixture of traditional and technological knowledge and the presence of different cultures and nationalities. Following the ordinary events and the constant coming and going of people along the border, Terras portrays the presence and the influence of the frontier on the lives of its inhabitants.  Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles.

 
Trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ru8OwScvMk

 

Thursday, November 4, 7 pm.

Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, Durham, NC

 

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.

http://southoftheborder.doc.com/

 

Friday, November 5, 4:30 pm.

Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC

 

Images of Decolonization: Rebel Shadows

Curated and introduced by guest director Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

Total running Time: 89: 08 min.

 


Much’tal Jedz. Colectivo TURIX(2009)

> El Silencio Imperial: Una opera Xican@/ Imperial Silence:  A Chicana Opera,  Act I and Act II  (2008).

John Jota Leaños + Colectivo Burning Wagon (Chicano/USA) 21 min.

Act I Los ABCs: is a five-minute Xicano docu-animation cataloguing the real-life testimony of skeletons that have returned to tell their stories of life and death at war. Sing along with this group of animated Mariachi social documentarians who will guide you through a history that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder why. Deadtime Stories with Mariachi Goose and his Friends is Act II in the animated Xican@ Opera, 'Imperial Silence’. It chronicles the longest day of the year in Muertolandia where dead nursery rhyme characters converge to attend the Gran Solstice concert where the overnight sensation, Humpty Mariachi Dumpty, was to perform his hit huapango, “Quisiera Vivir” at the fundraiser for the Great Wall.

More info at: http://www.leanos.net/projects.html

> Lix cua rahro/Tus tortillas mi amor/Your tortillas my love (2004). Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala) 12:30.

A Mayan women sits at the table chewing ears of corn as she performs a ritual pronouncing Mayan proverbs and spitting the corn into a mixing bowl.

> Inventario de Sombra/Inventory of Shadows (2007). Joeser Alvarez (Brazil) 12:56 min.

Brazilian artists from Porto Velho paint their own shadows.

> Roaming (2005). Nayda Collazo (Puerto Rico/USA) 5:18 min.

In Roaming we seem to travel though a web-like structure without any particular purpose or definite destination. It invites the viewer to visually navigate through a series of interconnected lines, not unlike the mental with its multiple hyperlink associations.

> Aguasmalas/ Bad Waters (2006). Patricia Villalobos (Nicaragua/USA) 6:20 min.

The single, isolated body drifts, unattached, at the edge of an unidentified coast, and is interspersed with footage from the 2007 presidential inauguration of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. Clips of the recent uprising in Managua following municipal elections, and the bombing of Iraq, serve to reframe locally occurring issues within a transnational context.

> Much’tal Jedz (2009). Colectivo TURIX (Mexico), 35 min.

Much’tal Jedz focuses on the movement for Mayan autonomy in the 1930s, an era when the “rebel” Mayans spiritually, politically, diplomatically, and militarily resisted the low intensity war waged against them by the Mexican Army and rural schools. This is a counter-hegemonic story that questions the nation-state’s relationship to indigenous cultures within the national territory and it’s pre-Columbian past.

More info at: http://turix.yoochel.org/

 
Saturday, November 6, 4:30 pm.                                                                                                          

Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC

 

Images of Decolonization: The Other Side of the Ocean

Curated and introduced by guest director Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

Total running Time: 100 min

 


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

> Pasaje de las Bonitas @roma (2010). Elias Falla & Ilse Morfin (Mexico/Yucatan) 5:46 min.

Fragments of everyday life from the market Lucas de Galvez are intercut with drawings and special effects to show a unique representation of mestizaje and the social conditions of a landscape encompassing several historical times.

> La Huaychiva de Yaxcopoil/The Tale of Yaxcopoil (2008). Jose Luis Rodriguez (Yucatan/Mexico) 6 min.

The result of an art and narrative workshop with Mayan youth in the town of Yaxcopoil, Yucatan. The animation tells the story of a woman who became a witch when her husband sleeps. Narrated by Jamin Novelo Montejo.

> Poporo (2006). Luis Cantillo (Colombia) 4 min.

A video animation exploring the complex cosmology of Colombian indigenous culture. Inspired by the collection of the Gold Museum in Bogotá.

> Candide (2005). Patricia Montoya (Colombia/USA) 13 min.

An experimental narrative video about lesbian love and emigrant longing performed on a rooftop in Tijuana. By superimposing memory and chance, theatricality and documentary, with the specificity of color, landscape, language and architecture the video builds contrasting impressionistic and expressionistic visual and aural representations of Tijuana and San Diego.

> Sabana de la Mar/Sea Shore (2003). Scherezade Garcia (Dominican Republic/USA) 4 min.

Interrogating migration out of the Caribbean, from the sea shores of the DR, Haitians and Afro Dominicans jump into the waters looking for a better life beyond the horizon.

Trailer at: http://www.scherezade.net/sabana_web.mov

> Do Outro Lado Do Rio/From the other side of the river (2004). Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil) 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 6, 7 pm.

Campus Cinema, Witherspoon Student Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

 

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 Chávez (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.

http://southoftheborder.doc.com/

 

Sunday, November 7, 7 pm.

COMMUNITY SCREENING

El Centro Hispano de Durham, Durham, NC

Ladron que roba a ladron/ Thieves robbing thieves

Joe Menendez. (USA/Latino, 2008), 98 min.

 

A pair of professional Latino thieves find their complex plan to take a millionaire and popular Latino television guru for all he's worth complicated by the fact that their old crew wants no part of the high-risk job in this tense crime caper. Emilio and Alejandro have hatched a plan for the perfect crime, but in order to carry out their caper the diabolical duo will need a crack crew who can stealthily inject themselves into the inner circle of their wealthy mark. Moctesuma Valdez is a man of power with many personal servants, and if Emilio and Alejandro's team can simply assume the guise of gardener, maid, or chauffer, they will be in the perfect position to strike when Valdez least expects it. When the skilled members of the regular team all reject the plan, Emilio and Alejandro are forced to hire "real" immigrants to get the job done. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Sunday, November 7, 7 pm.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

 

Memories at the Crossroads: Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

Total Running Time: 63 min.

Ferrera-Balanquet’s creative trajectory interrogates immigration, mestizaje, cultural/sexual identity, and desire to develop an audiovisual language encompassing the violent clashes of his personal experiences against the sociological landscape of Cuba, the United States and Mexico. He brings the audiovisual discourse to a historical level, tracing a composite portrait of the diverse roots of his hybrid diasporic self and traveling to deeper levels of the subconscious where the reconstruction of these experiences allows him to free from the oppressions stored in his social and personal body.

Films:
> Nubes Soleadas at the Crossroads. (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1996) 28 min.

A recollection of fragmented memories from childhood to the present are intercut with historical and fictional events to reconstruct the exile self of a Cuban immigrant. After years in the exile, Ernesto wants to understand how his emotional instability is linked to the present. Colliding, juxtaposing, spinning from and jumping into different levels of narrative, the video creates a layering of images recreating the accumulation of experience and the multiplicity of the self forced by the exile. Shot in Havana, Cuba; Merida, Yucatan/Mexico; Chicago and Iowa City, United States.

 

> Merida Poscrita. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet and Enrique Novelo Cascante, (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1990) 7 min.

When one of the lovers refuses to kiss, a narrative unfold exploring the past of the characters, the imposition of heterosexual roles in Latino men’s relationships, classism and the archeology of desire.

 
> Olufina Abuela Balanquet (1995). Video Art, 4 min., color

An altar to Shango, the Yoruba deity of the sky, serves as a point of entry into a reflected territory where the camera finds the lost image of the artist’s maternal great grandmother.

 

> Soldados de la Memoria/Soldiers of Memory (2010). Experimental Narrative, 24 min. color.

Traveling into the lives of four male characters, the video creates an intersection of historical times to interrogate Native American cultures, colonial history, and sociological issues such as AIDS, domestic violence, hate crime, the law and economics, all affecting our cultural territories and the lives of the characters. After fifteen years, Nac and Aaron re-encounter at La Calle de La Sirena. Xochiquetzal, a transsexual character who personifies a woman on stage, as well as a Mesoamerican deity protector of male prostitutes, opens the narrative to the ritual of remembering: a fresco painting representing two Mayan men embracing with their erect penis found in the cave of Nac Tunich in Guatemala, how the Conquistador Balboa set his dogs upon Native American transsexuals in 1594, and how the congress of the State of Yucatan killed a proposal to recognize same-sex marriage and women’s rights.

 
Filmmaker and artist Raul Ferrera-Balanquet will be present.

 

Monday, November 8, 7 pm.

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC

 

Generation Exile

Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 71 min.    

    


When Rodrigo Dorfman was 6 years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of 4 women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro Caribbean Whirling Dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning 4 continents and 100 years of personal history, GENERATION EXILE is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder. English.

 

With introduction by Director Rodrigo Dorfman

 

Tuesday, November 9, 7 pm.

ERC Auditorium, Main Campus, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC

 

Gringo Next Door

Habib Yazdi & Javier Pabon. (USA/Latino, 2009) 15 min.


When Jack fears that his chickens are missing he turns on the only people he thinks to blame – the Hispanic neighbors. The solution is to hire immigrant labor to build a wall between the two homes. A hilarious web of miscommunication ensues in this wildly funny satire. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Los Sueños de Roberto/Roberto’s Dreams

Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 90 min.  

       


Roberto’s Dreams takes its storyline straight out of today’s news headlines. It is now in the grips of an economic crisis. Roberto has been laid off, Angélica is still cleaning houses and their ten year old daughter, Brittany, struggles to mix her Latino roots with her American education. Roberto decides to start the long and perilous journey of owning his own business -- the first Latino “green” cleaning business in North Carolina.  Once again mixing documentary and fiction, director/producer Rodrigo Dorfman shot the film entirely on location in Durham, North Carolina, plunging his main characters deep into the daily life of one of the most vibrant, new Latino communities in the U.S.

 

With introduction by Directors Habib Yazdi & Javier Pabon and Rodrigo Dorfman

 

 
Wednesday, November 10, 7 pm.                                                                                                      

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Terras/ Lands

Maya Da-rin. (Brazil, 2009) 75 min.


Three countries, two towns, the forest. On the triple frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of Leticia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon rain-forest. Cut-off from the economic centers of its respective countries by the forest and the distance, this border is characterized by the constant transit of people and exchange of goods, the incessant sound of motorcycles and radios, the mixture of traditional and technological knowledge and the presence of different cultures and nationalities. Following the ordinary events and the constant coming-and-going of people along the border, Terras portrays the presence and the influence of the frontier on the lives of its inhabitants. Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles.

 


Thursday, November 11, 7 pm.                                                                                                           

Alfonso Elder Student Union, NCCU. Durham, NC

 
Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe
Sebastián Bednarik. (Uruguay, 2008) 57 min.

Candombe is the most popular manifestation of Afro-Uruguayan music.  Originated in ancient African healing and/or religious ceremonies it is performed to the music of a cuerda de tambores, an ensemble of drums of three different sizes (piano, chico and repique) with a specific set of characters dancing and moving along, and the modern addition of vedettes—scantily dressed, voluptuous dancers, heavily made up and crowned with multicolored feathers.  Waldemar Silva, nicknamed Cachila, is the son of Juan Angel Silva one of the patriarchs of Candombe, and founder of the troupe Morenada.  With his father's permission, Cachila left Morenada and created his own group Cuareim 1080—the street address of the Medio Mundo, a tenement where mostly poor black people lived, and where Morenada was originally conceived.  It is also the place where Cachila was born and lived as a child.  The movie starts with Cachila’s first grandson’s birth at a local hospital, suggesting the continuation of some sort of dynasty.  His children not only play the drums masterfully, but are now integral part of the group that consistently gets the highest marks in the Carnaval yearly competition.  The film clearly shows Cachila’s preoccupation for preserving his cultural roots, and how, through subtle persuasion, he uses his family to accomplish his laudable goals.  This film is a magnificent study of the man and his culture, with proper emphasis on performance and the laborious organization of a very special postmodern spectacle. Spanish with English subtitles.

Introduced by Horacio Xaubet. Associate Professor Modern Foreign Languages, NCCU

Trailer: http://www.coral.com.uy/v1/home_esp.html

 

Thursday, November 11, 7 pm.

Frank Family Science Center, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

 

¿Quien mato a la llamita Blanca?/Who Killed the White Llama?

Rodrigo Bellot. (Bolivia, 2007) 112 min.

 

Jacinto and Domitila are two indigenous Bolivians, happily married… they are also the most notorious criminals in the country. When they are paid to transport 50kg of cocaine to the Brazilian border, they embark on a journey that will take them through the jungles, mountains, deserts and cities of Bolivia on a riotous adventure that will test their relationship and make them question their future as criminals. The man behind the smuggling operation, known as El Negro, is actually a blonde, blue-eyed American with a well-kept secret.  Both a celebration and a parody of Bolivian customs, countryside and culture, “Who Killed the White Llama?” is a boisterous comedy with a more serious message at its heart: When it comes to poverty, nothing is sacred. Despite the continuing criminal, political and economic scandals that plague the country, the racial divides and the drug-trafficking, the media story that really sweeps the nation concerns the accidental killing of a baby white llama.  Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Friday, November 12, 7 pm.

John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Duke University, Durham, NC

Pascua Lama. A contemporary quest for El Dorado

Carolina García, Gloria García. (Chile, 2007) 64 min.

 

“Pascua Lama: A Contemporary Quest for El Dorado” explores the complicated dynamics of the mining industry in Chile. Focusing on the mining project called Pascua Lama, being developed by the Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation in Northern Chile, this documentary dives into the reality of developing countries which, due to unwilling governments who lack long-term vision, sell their natural resources without considering sustainable development strategies for their communities, thus fostering a new model of colonization sponsored by the corporate developed world.  Spanish and English with English subtitles.

 

Saturday, November 13, 4 pm.

Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium, City of Durham, Durham, NC

 

> Chigualeros

Alex Schlenker. (Ecuador, 2009) 80 min.

This is a documentary about the most famous and important salsa band from Ecuador, the Chigualeros. They have been playing since the 70’s. Through this film you will meet the members of this international orchestra and experience some of their exciting and rough moments, all while enjoying the salsa music produced in the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

> Arista Son

Libia Stella Gomez. (Colombia, 2008) 15 min.

Colombian folk music has in the chocoano (Afro-Colombian from the Pacific coast) Aristarco Perea (Arista Son) one of its greatest exponents. As a composer he has more than 340 letters that serve as a faithful testimony of Arista's or other people's experiences, all of them floods of feeling. In Arista Son we hear and see rhythms like Boleros, Merengues Sibaeños, Salsas Son and Merengues Abosaos. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

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.

 

Sunday, November 14, 7 pm.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Crude: The real price of oil

Joe Berlinger. (Ecuador/USA, 2009) 90 min

 

This film is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land. The plaintiffs allege that the pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of the Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health ailments. They further allege that the oil operations in the region contributed to the destruction of indigenous peoples and irrevocably impacted their traditional way of life. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

 

With introduction by Antonio Arce, Assistant Director of CLACS at Duke

Reception to follow

 

 
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.

With introduction by Director Jeff Zimbalist


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.

 

Tuesday, November 16, 7 pm.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Harvest of Shame

Edward R. Murrow, NBC News. (USA, 1960) 55 min.

Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this long-acclaimed 1960 exposé on the plight of migrant farm workers resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man." Smartly televised to millions of Americans the day after Thanksgiving to better tap into their emotions, Murrow's indispensable classic led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers' rights. Murrow started his broadcast the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 1960: “This scene is not taking place in the Congo. It has nothing to do with Johannesburg or Cape Town. It is not Nyasaland or Nigeria. This is Florida… This is a shape-up for migrant workers. The hawkers are chanting the going piece rate at the various fields. This is the way the humans who harvest the food for the best-fed people in the world get hired. One farmer looked at this and said, “We used to own our slaves; now we just rent them.…”  He ended the same broadcast saying: “The migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion can do anything about the migrants. The people you have seen have the strength to harvest your fruit and vegetables. They do not have the strength to influence legislation. Maybe we do. Good night, and good luck.”

English



HARVEST OF DIGNITY

Farmworker Advocacy Network and Minnow Media

27 minutes

On the 50th anniversary of the original Harvest of Shame documentary, the NC Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) and Minnow Media present Harvest of Dignity, a documentary exploring the conditions migrant and seasonal farmworkers face in the United States today. Farm and poultry work is some of the most difficult, most dangerous, and most important work in our community. Largely a Latino population of migrants from Mexico and Central America, these workers still face poverty, food insecurity, hazardous working conditions and few protections under the law. North Carolina is home to roughly 150,000 farmworkers and 28,000 poultry workers and their families. The vast majority of the fruits and vegetables and nearly all of the poultry we eat are picked or processed by hand. However, the people who feed our families through their hard work are often among the worst paid and least protected workers in our state. Using documentary photos and interviews done by Student Action with Farmworkers interns, film footage with NC farmworkers, legislators and educators, and clips from the original Harvest of Shame documentary, this piece focuses on safe places to live, safe places to work, education, and enforcement of workplace laws.  This film was produced in collaboration with the Farmworker Advocacy Network’s Harvest of Dignity campaign to reform conditions for NC field and poultry workers.
Spanish and English with English subtitles


Panel discussion of advocates and farmworkers to follow film.

 

Tuesday, November 16, 7 pm.

Memorial Student Union, Stallings Ballroom, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC

 

Brother Towns/ Pueblos Hermanos

Charlie Thompson and M. Davey. (USA/Guatemala, 2010) 60 min.

 

This documentary follows two different towns connected through immigration, family and work. Jacaltenango is a highland Maya town in Guatemala.  Jupiter is a coastal resort town in Florida where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film explores the motivations and realities of immigration, including the maintenance of the family during immigration and the exorbitant economic cost to immigrate illegally. Brother Towns presents the rich cultural identity of the Jacaltecos, who have strong Mayan heritage, and addresses the controversy of illegal immigration from both perspectives by interviewing opponents and proponents of illegal immigration.   English and Spanish with English subtitles.

With introduction by Director Charlie Thompson

Q&A to follow

Moderated by Chris Liu-Beers, North Carolina Council of Churches

 

Wednesday, November 17, 7 pm.

ERC Auditorium, Main Campus, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC

 

Los Que se Quedan/Those Who Remain

Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman. (Mexico, 2009) 91 min.

 

Mexico is now the world’s largest exporter of its people, with up to half a million people each year crossing the US-Mexico border in search of work. The toll this explosion in emigration has taken is particularly evident in central Mexico and in southern states like Chiapas and Yucatan, where entire cities and towns have been depleted. Half of the population of the state of Zacatecas, for example, now lives in the United States. What happens to the families that stay behind?  This is a film about the families that are left behind when their loved ones leave home in search of a better life abroad. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Wednesday, November 17, 7 pm.

Bryan Building, Room 160, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC

 

¿Que pasa despues de la coca? / Coca Lives

Roberto Lanza, Juan C. Gomez Millo. (Bolivia, 2006) 88 min.

Today, there are 70,000 families in Bolivia whose lives depend exclusively on the ancestral farming of the coca leaf. This practice has been declared illegal for the past 12 years in Bolivia. The US has monitored the application of the law and has engineered consistent military and economic pressure. What are the real motives and consequences behind the US campaign to wipe out the coca leaf culture? Spanish, Quechua, Aymara with English subtitles.


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.

 
 

Thursday, November 18, 7 pm.

El Centro Hispano de Carrboro, Carrboro, NC

 

Los Que se Quedan/Those Who Remain

Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman. (Mexico, 2009) 91 min.

 

Mexico is now the world’s largest exporter of its people, with up to half a million people each year crossing the US-Mexico border in search of work. The toll this explosion in emigration has taken is particularly evident in central Mexico and in southern states like Chiapas and Yucatan, where entire cities and towns have been depleted. Half of the population of the state of Zacatecas, for example, now lives in the United States. What happens to the families that stay behind?  This is a film about the families that are left behind when their loved ones leave home in search of a better life abroad. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Friday, November 19, 7pm.

El Centro Hispano de Durham, Durham, NC

 

Los Herederos/The Inheritors

Eugenio Polgovsky. (Mexico, 2009) 90 min.

Los herederos is a portrait of the young children in the Mexican countryside who begin to work at an early age. The film focuses on their daily struggle for survival and their activities in farming, sculpting and painting alebrijes, shepherding, making bricks, weaving, looking after their siblings, collecting water, harvesting tomatoes, chilis, maize, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-to-day hardship because, as generations pass, child workers seem to remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty. Spanish with English subtitles. 

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Friday, November 19, 7pm.

Frank Family Science Center, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.

 

Generation Exile

Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 71 min.   

      


When Rodrigo Dorfman was 6 years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of 4 women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro Caribbean Whirling Dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning 4 continents and 100 years of personal history, GENERATION EXILE is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder. English.

 

Saturday, November 20, 4 pm.

Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium, City of Durham, Durham, NC

 

Tocar y Luchar/ To Play and To Fight

Alberto Arvelo. (Venezuela, 2006) 70 min.

 

Tocar y Luchar presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela’s towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic’s youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world’s most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, the film is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that… only those who dream can achieve the impossible.  Spanish with English subtitles.     

  

Saturday, November 20, 7 pm.

Bryan Building, Room 160, UNC-G, Greensboro

 

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.






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