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Mexican Film Screenings for Films Across Borders

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GALA Hispanic Theater

3333 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20010

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Showcasing international tales of courage, hope, and determination, Fims Across Borders is a festival that presents a careful selection of documentary and dramatic films that will captivate you with stories of immigrants and refugees struggling to find a place to call home.


MEXICAN FILM SCREENINGS NOVEMBER 16 & 29 AT THE GALA THEATER

On November 16 at 7:00pm the Mexican Cultural Institute will present a screening of Artemio which tells the story of a 9-year-old boy born on the other side of the border, returning to Mexico with his mother. The only connection he can establish with his past life is through the telephone, which allows him to talk to his siblings and his father. Artemio's relationship to his mother is fundamental to the story. They are the only ones who speak English at home, sing in English, wear different clothes, and express themselves in a different way than what is customary there. This is an in-depth look at the childhood of migrants, as well as at a relationship between mother and son that only becomes stronger in the midst of separation and drives them to make free decisions without any regard for anyone else's expectations or judgment.

The film will be introduced by filmmaker Sandra Luz López Barroso and a Q&A will follow the screening.

On November 29th at 7:00pm the Institute will present screenings of the films Refugio and The Salinas Project. In Refugio we learn about the lives in Mexico of Amalia and Roberto, two former refugees who fled on foot from Guatemala. Their story includes the process they have had to go through in order to reconstruct themselves, regardless of the trauma of the genocide perpetrated by the army warfare. The Salinas Project explores the city of Salinas, California. One hour south of the wealthy Silicon Valley, and 20 minutes east of the affluent Carmel area, Salinas is located at the head of a fertile valley - an area brought into public consciousness through the stories of John Steinbeck. On the east side of Salinas, in the predominantly Latino neighborhood known as Alisal, poverty, deplorable housing conditions and gang violence are a part of daily life.

The film will be introduced by The Salinas Project filmmaker Carolyn Brown and a Q&A will follow the screening.

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GALA Hispanic Theater

3333 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20010

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