Special Lecture by Professor Melissa Blanco Borrelli (Auditorium)

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Special Lecture by Professor Melissa Blanco Borrelli (Auditorium)

14th Annual Seattle Latino Film Festival presents Professor. MELISSA BLANCO BORELLI

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Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, WA 98004

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Prof. BLANCO BORELLI was born in New York from Cuban and Colombian immigrants. She is a writer, dancer, cultural critic, Associate Professor of Theatre and the new director of the dance program at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has been faculty at MIT, University of Surrey (UK), Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) and the University of Maryland, College Park. Prof. BLANCO is the author of the book "She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body". (Oxford University Press, UK, 2016)

2:00 pm

Prof. Melissa Blanco Borelli Lecture (in English)

2:30 pm


Special Screening

Feature Narrative

Rated: PG-13

Country: Mexico

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Dance

Year: 1954

Running Time: 80 min.

Spanish w/ English subtitles

Stars: Ninón Sevilla, Pedro Armendáriz, René Cardona

Synopsis: Two mulatos, Mateo and Caridad, grow up together in a port in Havana, Cuba. Caridad is the daughter of a white man who died in a shipwreck and a black laundry-woman. As the years pass, Mateo falls in love with Caridad, but she falls in love with a Mexican captain, Martin. Martin falls into financial trouble and has to mortgage his boat to Guevara, owner of the cantina where Caridad dances. When Martin returns to Vera Cruz, Mexico, to resolve his troubles, Guevara feels he "owns" Caridad. What will Caridad do when Martin returns?

This film has great music and dancing, including a risqué performance of African "bembe", in which women tear off their tops and roll around in the sand.

5:30 p.m till 7:30 p.m.. Reception & Mixer with food and beverage at Gilbert's on Main in Bellevue's Fashionable West End.

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