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Ibero-American Cinema Festival

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Benedictine University at Mesa

225 East Main Street

Mesa, AZ 85201

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Benedictine University Mesa is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Ibero-American Cinema Festival in conjunction with the Pragda Spanish Film Club.

From November 2-4, BenU Mesa will screen five pre-selected titles designed to familiarize students on a range of topics pertaining to Latin American culture and politics.

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Thursday, 6:00 PM


THE EMPTY CLASSROOM (El aula vacía)
2015 / Unrated (Adult Themes) / 111 Minutes
Spanish and Portuguese with English Subtitles

Nearly half of all young people in Latin America never finish high school. To explore this dropout crisis, creative director Gael García Bernal gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers who have created a captivating anthology of short films, both narrative and documentary. There is no easy solution to this complex issue, and each short delves into the underlying reasons, from poverty to societal traditions, that students aren’t graduating. Among many issues, the short films explore the links between the dropout crisis and violence; how to identify students at risk of dropping out of school in Latin America; the lack of interest in school that is preventing students from graduating; school exclusion in indigenous communities; the not-so-typical challenges to finishing high school faced by a deaf student; the relationship between the financial cost to staying in school and its benefits; and what happens when drop out students want to go back.

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Friday, 5:00 PM


HERE AND THERE (Aquí y allá)
2015 / Unrated / 110 Minutes
Spanish with English Subtitles

Antonio Méndez Esparza's directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an unexpected take on the traditional immigrant story, Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined; his wife still has the same smile. The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful and there is work in a growing city nearby. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border.

ETERNAL AMAZON (Amazônia eterna)
2013 / Unrated (Indigenous Nudity) / 88 Minutes
Portuguese with English Subtitles

The Amazon is a vast laboratory for sustainable experiments that are unveiling new rela-tionships among human beings, corporations, and this natu¬ral heritage that is crucial for life on the planet. This is where the guidelines are being drawn up for a new global eco¬nomic model: the green economy. With astonishing cinematography and soundtrack, Eternal Amazon presents a critical analysis of how the world’s largest tropi¬cal rainforest is understood and utilized. Exploring the Amazon’s five million square kilometers–home to 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves–the film asks whether it is possible for humans to make sustainable use of the rainforest, fea¬turing nine successful proj¬ects for sustainable forest use that directly benefits the local population and fosters good economic partnerships. Activities such as agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry and extraction are unraveled under the support of experts, includ¬ing economist Sergio Besser¬man, ecologists Bertha Becker and Virgilio Viana, as well as testimony of Amazonians. It portrays the daily lives of the forest people as the guardians of this great natural heritage that could last into eternity, if properly managed.

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Saturday, 5:00 PM


NERUDA
2016 / Rated R (Sexuality, Nudity and Violence) / 107 Minutes
Spanish with English Subtitles

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla. Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. Neruda, however, sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

TEMPEST (Tempestad)
2016 / Unrated (Adult Themes) / 105 Minutes
Spanish with English Subtitles

A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance. On a normal day on her way to work, Miriam is arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. While the government reports that a criminal gang has been rounded up, in reality a group of innocent Mexicans has fallen victim to the vagaries of a corrupt system. After her detention, she is handed over to a private prison controlled by the Organized Crime, where she is forced to pay a monthly fee to remain alive. Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed; every night during the show, she evokes her missing daughter, Monica.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.

A brief Q&A will be held before and after each screening.

Light refreshments will be served.
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