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The Fall 2016 International Film Series

Series made possible by a gift from the Evans Foundation
Theme: South American Politics and Human Rights
Countries: Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

September 25: International film - No
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet faced a referendum on his presidency. The vote would either extend Pinochet's rule for another eight years or end it. The film covers the efforts of the "no" movement and their bold plan to wing the election with few resources and constant scrutiny by the dictator's minions.

October 12: International film - Hija de la Laguna (Daughter of the Lake)
Location: Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother. A gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lies just beneath Nelida’s lakes and leads farmers and Latin America’s biggest gold producer into conflict. (from: http://www.daughterofthelake.pe/)

October 23: International film - Los Colores de la Montaña (The Colors of the Mountain)
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 2:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other in the area, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked off to a minefield, and he, Julián and their albino friend Poca Luz will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams. (from: Amazon)

November 13: International film - El Clan (The Clan)
Location: Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
The Clan takes place in Buenos Aires in the early 1980s, when Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship that specialized in “disappearing” its suspected political opponents. Arquímedes, though he is proud of his government connections (and adept at exploiting them), has neither an official position nor any particular ideological commitment. He’s in it for the money, selecting his prey based on the ransom he can collect. Rather than targeting supposed leftists, he and his accomplices — principally his son Alejandro (Peter Lanzani) — focus on members of their own class and social circle, including a young man who belongs to Alejandro’s rugby club. (from: The New York Times)

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