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A Better Jamaica is pleased to present a new film series -- Cinema en Español. Join us as we salute Jamaica's Spanish speaking population by presenting a series of Spanish language films -- with English subtitles for those who simply enjoy a good foreign film. The second film up is "Innocent Voices".
Movie Synopsis: The bloody civil war which tore apart El Salvador in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a young boy in this drama from director Luis Mandoki. Chava (Carlos Padilla) is 11 years old and growing up in a small town in El Salvador where the fighting between rebels and government troops is a daily fact of life. Chava's father has abandoned the famnily, leaving him behind as the man of the house while his mother (Leonor Varela) and sister try to maintain a normal life by day while dodging bullets by night. Chava's 12th birthday is coming up, which puts the boy in a dangerous position -- at 12, he'll be old enough to join the army and be used as cannon fodder against the rebels, so he and his classmates try to find out when military recruiters will be coming to their schools so they can plan to be absent that day. However, as Chava faces both danger and adventure in his little town, the war edges in closer all the time until it can't be avoided any longer. Directed by Luis Mandoki. (2004 - 120 Minutes)
Cinema en Español is presented by:
A Better Jamaica, Inc.
With the generous support of:
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Former New York City Council Member Leroy G. Comrie
Former Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall
The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan
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A Better Jamaica, Inc.
Established in January 2007, A Better Jamaica, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit community service organization that engages in activities designed to strengthen a set of southeast Queens, New York neighborhoods known collectively as Jamaica. A Better Jamaica has ten program initiatives: Family Movies in the Park; Jamaica311; Classic Film Fridays; Jamaica Reads; Jamaica Solutions; The Jamaica Ball; JAC’s Holiday Music; Jamaica Shoots; The AirTrain Jazz Festival; The Delightful Festival; and The Jamaica Dance Festival.