Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2022 Hispanic Film Festival, “New Beginnings,” kicks off Nov. 3 with free weekly screenings of three acclaimed films from Mexico, Chile and the Dominican Republic.
“These films explore issues currently affecting individuals and communities in Latin America,” said Eva Paris-Huesca, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and director of the film studies program.
“We witness the struggle of Mexican families to find economic stability in a different country, speaking a different language; we live in the hope of many Chileans adopting a new constitution based on equal rights for all; and we experience the continuing class oppression suffered by the Afro-Dominican community,” said Perris-Huesca. . “A new beginning is on the horizon. For some, it may seem like a dream, not quite tangible, but it is clearly one worth pursuing and fighting for.”
All films will start at 7pm, be screened in their original language with English subtitles, and discuss the work and its cultural and artistic significance. Admission is free to all, including all films screened in room 312 of Ohio Wesleyan’s RW Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Movies may have mature themes and language.
Ohio Wesleyan’s 2022 Hispanic Film Festival includes:
• November 3 – “Los Lobos/The Wolves” (Mexico). “Two children immigrate to the United States with their mother. They spend their days in a small flat while holding on to the hope of visiting Disney World. The 2019 drama is rated TV-14 and directed by Samuel Kishi, who will participate in a question-and-answer session with the OWU audience following the screening.
• November 10 – “Mi país imaginario/My Imaginary Country” (Chile). “Protests erupted in the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago, in 2019 as the population demanded more democracy and social equality around education, health care, and job opportunities.” Patricio Guzman is the director and screenwriter of the 2022 documentary film. Ohio Wesleyan’s Andrea Colvin, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening.
• November 15 – “Carajita” (Dominican Republic). “Sarah and her nanny, Yarisa, have a relationship that transcends their class situation: they are the closest thing to a daughter-mother, but an accident will test their close loyalty and innocent illusion that nothing can separate them.” The 2021 drama is directed by Ulysses Pora and Silvina Schniser. Actress Magnolia Nunez will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening.
This year’s Hispanic Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Film Studies Program, and the Honors Program. This is made possible by the generous support of the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs (WCSA).
For more information about the series, contact Paris [email protected] Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of World Languages and Cultures at www.owu.edu/languages and learn more about the film studies program at www.owu.edu/filmstudies.
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