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Latin American Film Festival

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the faculty and staff of the University of South Carolina Union proudly present the first ever Latin American Film Series. The Film Series was made possible through support from a grant from the PRAGDA Spanish Film Club, Title VI grant funds from the University of Georgia’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, and the University of South Carolina Union.

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Join Dr. Emily Schafer as she discusses Un Traductor and her experience in Eastern Europe on Sept. 17th at 1pm:

“Based on the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor unfolds as a tale at once historical and personal, brought to life in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of a Havana on the brink of economic crisis. Havana, 1989: Russian literature professor Malin (Rodrigo Santoro, of Westworld fame) receives a mysterious note at the university with orders from the government sending him to a local hospital, where he learns he is expected to act as translator between Cuban doctors and the families of young patients from the Chernobyl disaster.”



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Join Dr. Christine Sixta-Rinehart as she discusses Who is Dayani Cristal? and Immigration Policy on Sept. 24th at 3pm:

“Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal?

Following a team of dedicated forensic anthropologists from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.”



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Join Dr. Steve Lownes as he discusses Delicate Balance and Globalization on Oct. 1st at 1pm:

“Centered around an extensive interview with Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the former President of Uruguay who gained notoriety on the world stage as a rare politician: one that lives according to the ideas and principles he preaches, Delicate Balance is a contemplative essay on the everyday reality of globalization. Mujica’s ideas about modern society, where economic interests prevail over human values, are used to connect three intertwining stories: A Japanese salaryman in Tokyo, a sub-Saharan community trying to cross the borders into Europe, a family evicted from their own home in Spain.”



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Join Prof. Gale Ashmore as she discusses Miguelito and Puerto Rican Music on Oct. 8th at 3pm:

“In 1973, the eleven-year-old Miguelito was discovered singing in San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within a year, he went from the slums of Manuel A Perez to recording an album with the finest salsa musicians of the time, to finally performing with Eddie Palmieri at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. Every radio station played some of his tracks, like Payaso and Canto a Borinquen. A year later, he had disappeared from public life.”



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Join Dr. Andrew Pisano as he discusses Embrace of the Serpent and Ethnographic studies on Oct. 15th at 1pm:

“A breathtaking ethnographic odyssey through the heart of the Colombian Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent  is the epic story of the first contact, approach, betrayal and, eventually, friendship, between Karamakate, an amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, become the first men to travel the Northwest Amazon in search of a sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.”