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Cine Con Cultura Latin Film Festival Starts this week!

Contributed by Daniela Rivero on 09/19/19 

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This weekend marked the beginning of the 6th Annual Cine con Cultura Latin Film Festival. In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, Cine con Cultura, along with other organizations is bringing 12 movies in Spanish and Portuguese to be screened in the Ithaca community. All screenings are open to the public. General Admission tickets are $8.50per movie or $50 for all films. Student tickets are $6.50 per screening or $40 for all films.

The Summaries, times, and dates for each movie screening can be found below. Come join us for a celebration of Latinx culture struggle, art, and resilience.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Enrique Gonzales Conty at egonzalesconty@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Soldados do Araguaia (Brazil, 2018) - Free Screening in collaboration with the Tide Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monday Sept. 16th at 4pm

@Ithaca College, Textor 103

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/235807991

 

Summary: Between 1972 and 1975, the Brazilian Army sent thousands of soldiers on a secret mission to the heart of the Amazon Forest. Its goal: to exterminate the Araguaia Guerilla, the country's most radical opposition movement to the dictatorial Military Government. Forty years later, the low-ranking soldiers who took part in the mission break the silence and tell their version of the story. Weaving together the soldiers' testimonies with tales of an exuberant and hostile Amazon Forest, director Belisario Franca plunges into the psychology of his characters to recreate the ghostly atmosphere of this Brazilian Vietnam.... Soldados do Araguaia reveals itself as a shocking portrait of the terrors perpetrated by a dictatorial State and its consequences. By giving voice to the victims forgotten by war, it also offers a deep experience of compassion and transcendence. (imdb.com)

 


Toward North: Central American Shorts (Central America, 2017, 2018) - Free Screening

Tuesday Sept. 17 at 6pm

@Cornel Cinema

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEnlinlmOvE

 

Summary: In Los Comandos (2017, 30 mins), by Joshua Bennett & Juliana Schatz, we’re introduced to a teenage emergency responder who wrestles with whether to leave El Salvador or stay and work amid rampant gang violence and threats to her friends and family. In Towards the North (2018, 18 mins), by Joshua Bennett, Jessica Chermayeff, and Elvia Shaw, we make our way to a tiny refugee shelter in Tapachula, Mexico, where we meet Nelly and her daughter Joseline, who like millions of others, are fleeing extreme gang violence in Central America.

 

 


The Proposal (México/USA, 2019)

Thursday Sept. 19 at 7pm

@Cornell Cinema

Post-screening Q&A via Skype with filmmaker Jill Magid

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=jcYZEGqTstk

 

Summary: Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art. “Captivatingly wily. The Proposal meditates on the meaning of artistic legacy. Most of all, it shines an ingeniously media-savvy spotlight on Barragán’s work.” (NY Times)

 


Too Late to Die Young (Chile, 2019)

Saturday Sept. 21 at 7pm

Sunday Sept. 22 at 7:30pm

@Cornell Cinema

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=abSAbeNbptA

 

Summary: “Inspired by the 33-year-old director’s childhood in the Ecological Community of Peñalolén—an environmentally friendly and self-sufficient commune founded some thirty years ago atop the hills surrounding Santiago—Too Late to Die Young is a multi-character canvas with a 16-year-old teenager as its focal point, Sofía (a brilliant Demian Hernández). Short-haired, pensive, and perpetually chain-smoking, Sotomayor follows the teenager as she navigates a period of profound changes. Away from school for the Christmas holidays and bracing for a big New Year’s party at the commune, Sofía spends her days running after a neighbor biker, grieving for her unrequited love over Sinéad O’Connor’s greatest hits, unleashing her teenage angst on her father, and fantasizing of leaving the commune with her mother‑—whom she hasn’t heard from in ages, but has promised to show up for the end of year’s celebrations.…” (The Film Stage)

 


I'll See You Around (Ithaca, 2019)

Wednesday Sept. 25 at 7pm

@Cinemapolis

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/336105008

 

Summary: Lucas, an everyday man, navigates complicated personal relationships in the context of a drug crisis that grips the nation and his own family, now and in the past. Will he be able to commit to those close to him or will his commitments weigh him down? (imdb.com)

 


Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film (Native USA, 2017)

Thursday Sept. 26 at 7pm

@Cornell Cinema

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2Lq4rsLCM

 

Summary: The film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who put land art in a tribal context. In 2015 the artists worked with communities on both sides to install a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the "open eye" that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and symbolized a suture stitching back together cultures that have inhabited the land long before borders were drawn. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well. (throughtherepellentfence.com)

 


The Infiltrators (Latina/o/x USA, 2018) - Free Screening in collaboration with CUSLAR and TCIRC

Wednesday Oct. 2 at 7pm

@Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrU0KG3R4MY

 

Summary: Through an electrifying mix of documentary interviews and narrative reenactment, The Infiltrators brings to life the incredible true story of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of young undocumented activists who, in 2012, embarked on a mission of extraordinary daring: allowing themselves to be arrested by ICE in order to infiltrate a for-profit Florida detention center and help rescue fellow undocumented immigrants being held there. Charged with the crackling suspense of a thriller, this true-life tale of courage and resistance is equally enthralling and galvanizing as it exposes the injustices and inhumanity of America’s deeply broken deportation system. (bam.org)

 


Nadie (Cuba, 2017) with Filmmaker Miguel Coyula

Thursday Oct. 3 at 7pm

@Cornell Cinema

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/215687552

 

Summary: Rafael Alcides was once a widely known and celebrated writer of the Cuban revolution; now, a stranger in his own country, he tries desperately to save his unpublished novels before the ink literally fades from their pages. This is a story of love and deception in the Cuban revolution, as seen through the eyes of someone who was initially mesmerized by its possibilities. Director Miguel Coyula has created a pop-culture collage combining clips from old movies, photographs, and imaginary conversations, all held together by the magnetic personality of raconteur Alcides. It’s an exquisite journey though the mind of a poet who describes his world in all its raw brutality and beauty; one man’s final reckoning with the ideals of the Cuban Revolution—and his own life. (Museum of Modern Art)

 


Filiberto (Puerto Rico, 2017)

Sunday Oct. 6 at 2pm

@Cinemapolis

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/232826143

 

Summary: The deeds of a professional musician who abandons his trumpet and family to live the clandestine life of an armed revolutionary for Puerto Rican independence. (imdb.com)

 


Rojo (Argentina, 2019)

Tuesday Oct. 8 at 7pm

Friday Oct. 11 at 7pm

@Cornell Cinema

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKdTPuCgqkU

 

Summary: In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he starts insulting Claudio, a renowned lawyer. The community supports the lawyer and the stranger is humiliated and thrown out of the place. Later that night the stranger, who is determined to wreak a terrible vengeance, intercepts Claudio and his wife Susana. The lawyer then takes a path of no return involving death, secrets and silences. (cinema.cornell.edu)

 


Las herederas (Paraguay, 2018)

Thursday Oct. 10 at 7pm

@Cinemapolis

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_5-RQ0Dpw

 

Summary: Martinessi’s debut feature follows Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who have been romantic partners for decades and lifelong members of Paraguay’s elite—until the money runs out. Now they spend their days selling their furniture, glassware, and silver to anyone who will make them an offer. When Chiquita, the more garrulous and resilient of the two women, is sent to prison, Chela has to cope with loneliness and incipient poverty. Then, surprising new options develop for Chela, both personally and professionally. (cinematropical.com)

 


Máxima (Perú, 2018) in collaboration with MRC

Sunday Oct. 13 at 2pm

@Cinemapolis

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPERAhjdIBg

 

Summary: This film profiles Máxima Acuña de Chaupe's fight against the American Newmont Mining Corporation in the Peruvian Highlands. Acuña de Chaupe has been fighting against this giant gold mining company for years and has become a symbol of indigenous resistance against global capitalism. Acuña de Chaupe won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016 for her work protecting the lake near her home in the Andes. This documentary film tells the story of her struggle.

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