TACOMA, Wash. – This fall the 10th Annual Hispanic Film Festival at University of Puget Sound will bring five cutting-edge Spanish and Latin American films to campus. For the first time, the college has partnered with the Spanish Film Club, an initiative of the Spanish government’s PRAGDA film distribution group, which aims to familiarize global audiences with Hispanic and Latino cultures.
The critically acclaimed films will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, from October 22 to November 19, in Rausch Auditorium, Room 003, McIntyre Hall on campus. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. The films are in Spanish; Portuguese; and Guaraní, an indigenous language of Paraguay, with English subtitles. Below is a summary of the show details and a short description of the films. All of the films start at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 22: Con la pata quebrada (Barefoot in the Kitchen)
Oct. 29: La Yuma
Nov. 5: 7 Cajas (Seven Boxes)
Nov. 12: A Busca (Father’s Chair)
Nov. 19: Chico & Rita
Con la Pata Quebrada won best documentary at both the Turia Awards and the Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema. The film, meshing fragments from 180 movies, chronicles how Spanish cinema has portrayed women from the 1930s to today.
In La Yuma an 18-year-old girl raised amidst the gangs and slums of Nicaragua, tries to seek a new life through her passion for boxing. As a famous boxing teacher takes an interest in her skills, she falls in love with a man with a very different lifestyle, forcing her to make choices that do not come easily.
7 Cajas takes the viewer along on a suspenseful journey as a teenager working in a Paraguayan marketplace tries to transport seven boxes across the market. His payment: the other half of a $100 bill. As night descends, the young DVD seller realizes he is an accomplice in a dangerous crime.
A Busca, a best film winner at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival and Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, traces a father’s journey as he looks for his missing son. Facing the dual threats of a divorce and the loss of his son, the workaholic doctor travels through Brazil, discovering what matters most to him.
Chico & Rita is an animated film about two musicians—a singer and a pianist—who travel to New York and Las Vegas on a journey that is thrown into turmoil by jealousies and the whims of their careers. Over a lifetime of triumphs and crises, both shine and both fall, but their love remains unchanged.
The Hispanic Film Festival is sponsored by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts and by the Department of Hispanic Studies.
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