TU. SEP. 15, 2015. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC, UNC-CH. 7.00pm


PARAISO | PARADISE. Mariana Chenillo / 105 min / 2014 / Mexico  |  Spanish with English subtitles

Childhood sweethearts Carmen and Alfredo live a life of quiet bliss in Satélite, a sleepy suburb outside of Mexico City. When Alfredo is offered a promotion, the lovebirds make the move into the bustling metropolis. It’s a rude awakening for Carmen, who until now has not really worried about the fact that she and Alfredo are both overweight. After overhearing gossip about their bodies at a company party, she decides that it is time to swap donuts for salads, and urges Alfredo to join her in a weight-loss program. But when only one of them actually starts to slim down, a rift emerges in their relationship. Portrayed with undeniable charm by newcomer Daniela Rincon and well-known Andres Alameida, Paradise touches upon issues of body image, self-confidence and happiness with candor and humor. The film is executive-produced by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

Co-Sponsored by Romance Studies and the Center of Global Initiatives UNC-Chapel Hill, and PRAGDA

WED. SEP. 16, 2015. Griffith Film Theater (Bryan Center)Duke. 7.00 pm

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SOY CUBA | I AM CUBA. Mikhail Kalatozov / 141 min / 1964 / Cuba-USSR  |  Spanish with English subtitles

This study of Cuba–partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko–captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to country and back again, I AM CUBA examines the various problems caused by political oppression as well as by great discrepancies in wealth and power. Beginning in Havana in the pre-Castro era, we see how foreigners contributed to the city’s prostitution and poverty; this sequence features dreamy, hallucinogenic camera work that creates a feeling of unease and dislocation. Then, in glorious images of palm tress and fertile land, the film looks at the sugar cane fields in the countryside, and the difficulties faced by peasants working the land. Finally, back in the city again, leftist students battle the police and a corrupt government–and pay a high price for their rebellion.
Sponsored by Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Duke.

MON. SEP. 21, 2015. Richard White Auditorium. Duke. Duke. 7.00pm

LUCIA. Huberto Solás

LUCIA. Huberto Solás / 160 min / Cuba / 1968 |  Spanish with English subtitles

Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930’s, and the 1960’s.

Sponsored by Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Duke.


TU. SEP. 22, 2015. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC, UNC-CH. 7pm

LAS VACAS CON GAFAS. Alex Santiago Pérez

LAS VACAS CON GAFAS | COWS WEARING GLASSES. Alex Santiago Pérez / 90 min / Puerto Rico / 2014  |  Spanish with English subtitles

Directed by one of the most talented emerging filmmakers coming out of the new wave of Puerto Rican cinema, Cows Wearing Glasses uses a subtle sense of humor to touch upon issues of aging. Marso, a lonely, eccentric painter and art professor, is losing his sight. As the world as he knows it comes to an end, he is now forced to re-examine an existence filled with professional successes but unsatisfying personal relationships. He tries to reestablish a relationship with his only daughter while his thoughts are filled with longing for simpler times. The fear and uncertainty of what lies ahead have left an imprint on his psyche, and maybe even on his morals. With an impeccable performance by Daniel Lugo as Marso, Cows Wearing Glasses is a reflexive tale of a man facing the inevitable.

Co-Sponsored by Romance Studies and the Center of Global Initiatives UNC-Chapel Hill, and PRAGDA


WED. SEP. 23, 2015. Richard White Auditorium. Duke. 7.00 pm


MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO | MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea / 97 min / Cuba / 1968  |  Spanish with English subtitles

In 1961, in Cuba, the apolitical aspiring and frustrated writer Sergio Carmona Mendoyo stays in Cuba after the Revolution. He sees his wife Carla and his family and friends traveling to the United States but he decides to stay in his country. Sergio receives rental from his apartments and lives alone in a comfortable apartment. He witnesses the reduction of supplies, such as gas and oil for the cars, while he recalls parts of his life. He recalls when he was a teenager and went to a brothel with his friend Pablo. He remembers his relationship with Hanna who was the woman that he really loved but he let her go to New York without marrying her, to run the furniture shop that his father had given to him. He also likes to listen to the tape he has recorded with his wife Carla who was molded by him to fit his concept of perfect woman in his society. When Sergio meets the sixteen year-old aspirant actress Elena, he has a love affair with her but he concludes that she is not suitable to live with him since she does not grow or develop intellectually.

Sponsored by Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Duke.


TH. SEP. 24, 2015.Michaux School of Education Auditorium. NCCU. 7.00 pm

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BUENOS AIRES RAP. Diane N. Ghogomu, Sebastian Muñoz, Segundo Bercetche / 110 min / Argentina / 2014 |  Spanish with English subtitles

Buenos Aires Rap is a look at hip-hop culture’s effect in the capital city of Argentina. A historical journey from the 1970s to today’s vibrant rap scene in the context of spectacle and marginality in Buenos Aires.  About rap and the African and Indigenous Diaspora in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Q&A with local Hip Hop Musicians and a short performance to follow.


FRI. SEP. 25, 2015. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC, UNC-CH. 7.00pm

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PAPITA, MANI, TOSTON. Luis Carlos Hueck / 90 min / Venezuela, 2013 |  Spanish with English subtitles

Andrés (Jean Pierre Agostini) is a fan of Los Leones del Caracas one of the main baseball teams of Venezuela. Julissa (Juliette Pardau) is a fan of Los Navegantes del Magallanes, the rival team. One day Andrés gets tickets to see the game in Magallanes’ VIP Zone. He meets Julissa and her dad who is not only fan but one of the team’s managers. Andres and Julissa will fall in love and will have to pretend to be fan of the other’s team. But soon trouble will arise.

Sponsored by the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC). The Venezuelan series in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

SAT. SEP. 26, 2015. Richard White Auditorium. Duke. 4.00pm

H2O MX. Lorenzo Hagerman

H2O MX. Lorenzo Hagerman, Hose Cohen / 82 min / Mexico / 2014 |  Spanish with English subtitles

Can a megacity mobilize its 22 million citizens for sustainable water consumption? Mexico City was built in the middle of a lake. This film is an environmental case of study of the Valley of Mexico in its struggle to save itself from water shortage, while the population keeps on growing.

EN LA ORILLA | ON THE EDGE. Xavier Basurto, Liza Hoos / 12 min / Mexico / 2015 |  Spanish with English subtitles

EN LA ORILLA ON THE EDGE Xavier Basurto, Liza Hoos

En la orilla documents the struggles faced by a local fisherman named Gaspar and his family, whose sole source of income comes from the increasingly small catches they bring in each day from once-plentiful fishing grounds in the Gulf of California.

With the presence of the directors | Q&A to follow the screening

SAT. SEP. 26, 2015. Richard White Auditorium. Duke. 7.pm

PELOTERO | BALLPLAYER. Guagua Productions, 80 min / Dominican Republic-USA / 2013 |  Spanish, English with English subtitles


In the run-up to the most important day of their lives, two young Dominican baseball players confront competitions and corruption to achieve their big-league dreams. The only real chance to escape crushing poverty for a teen-age man in the DR is baseball and it comes every July 2, the day of professional baseball contracts in the country. Pelotero provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball’s recruitment of the island’s top talent.

MON. SEP. 28, 2015. Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1. Durham. 7.00 pm

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ART CONNECTIONS: TWO WAY BRIDGES | PUENTES DE DOBLE VIA. Mauricio Andrada, MRS / 30 min / Durham / 2015 |  Spanish with English subtitles

NC has become a pole of immigration. For the past decade hundreds of thousands of Central and South American migrants have arrived. Many came as children, a generation of young undocumented Latinos is graduating from high school; they do not find space in the social fabric of their new nation. Art Connections documents a project that established a temporary bridge between the Latino community and a university, while provoking privileged students to engage with peers and the surrounding community.  Through public art, film, and language students embark on a journey of acceptance, sharing, realization, and community building.

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BORDER CROSSING 101. Charles Thompson / 30 min / Durham / 2015 | English with some Spanish

As part of the Two Way Bridges | Puentes de Doble Vía project, fifteen students in a Duke University class, entitled “The U.S./Mexico Border,” explore the meaning of borders, immigration, and access to education in America. Four of them are non-students and non-citizens. They act, for a semester, as if barriers to their education no longer exist. “Border Crossing 101” follows the lives of the four “guest” students, along with the eleven who go through the semester with them. Throughout the semester, class members explore their diverse pasts, gaining insights into citizenship, entitlement, and identity in America. In the end, the students have broken down personal barriers and stereotypes, but one major barrier remains.
With the presence of the Directors and the projects team and participants

Round Table to follow the screening | Q&A

8.30pm. Reception TOREROS RESTAURANT. Main St. and North Duke St. Dowtown Durham. 

MON. SEP. 28 to OCT. 4, 2015. Durham Arts Council, Space meeting



An exhibit of 12 short video portraits by Latino Graduates on Higher Education for Undocumented Latino youth will be in display from September 28 to October 4, 2015. Part of the Two Way Bridges | Puentes de Doble Vía Project.

LILIAN STORY. Abby Birrell and Lilian / 8 min / Durham / 2013
YO VENGO DE. Briana Acosta and Loren Vargas Sanchez. / 8 min / Durham / 2013
CHICANO. Chris White and Juan Cervantes / 8 min / Durham / 2013
A DREAM UNDOCUMENTED. Ciara Voy and Keny Murillo. / 7 min / Durham / 2013
ESTEFANIA. Jaya Pokuri and Estefania / 10 min / Durham / 2013
BELONGING. Jonathan Hill and Sary Martinez / 7 min / Durham / 2013
THE LIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS. Hannah Beiderwieden and Jackie Sanchez. / 9 min / Durham / 2013
VERONICA’S STORY. Brooke Whitfield and Veronica/ 8.30 min / Durham / 2013
MY HERO. Marco Cervantes / 9 min / Durham / 2013
UNFAIR. Gaby Nesmith and Alma Perez / 12 min / Durham / 2013
FIGHT FOR EDUCATION. Mark Chen and Cruz Núñez / 10 min / Durham / 2013
MARYLIN. Sharon Fang and Marilyn Dominguez / 8 min / Durham / 2013

TU. SEP. 29, 2015. Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1. Durham. 7.00 pm

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LIBERTADOR | THE LIBERATOR. Alberto Arvelo / 119 min / Venezuela / 2014 |  Spanish with English subtitles

Edgar Ramírez stars in this biopic of one of Latin America’s greatest figures. Simón Bolívar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of those of Alexander the Great. But his army never conquered – it liberated. The most expensive Latin American film ever produced, The Liberator is a riveting portrayal of the man who led Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador toward independence. The film was shortlisted with other eight titles for the Best Foreign Academy Award and was the favorite Venezuelan film at the local box office.

Co-Sponsored by Romance Studies and the Center of Global Initiatives UNC-Chapel Hill, and PRAGDA

Introduced by Pratrick D. Duddy. Former US. Ambassador to Venezuela, Director Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Haydeé Chavero, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Co-curator Venezuelan Series. Historical notes by Miguel Chirinos, Venezuelan Cultural Association.

WED. SEP. 30, 2015. Franklin Center, 240. Duke. 2 to 4 pm.

One session of Venezuelan shorts and a talk:

The Cinema of Venezuela 1995-2015 | El cine que hemos hecho en estos años (1995 – 2015”) by Haydeé Chavero G., Chair of the Cinema and Communications, Department Universidad Central de Venezuela. Founder Caracas Filmminuto and President Fundación Audiovisual FACIL  | Q&A following the presentation.

Films in Spanish with English subtitles. Coffee and Pastries will be served.

Nostalgia, Gustavo Rondón
NOSTALGIA. Gustavo Rondón / 18 MIN / Venezuela / 2010
Thomas, a man in his thirties looks at the deep plain of los “Llanos”, accompanied by his young son Alberto, after the sudden death of his wife. In his first night alone, he sits in the yard to get drunk and mourn. The next mornings the boys hunger awaken him. With the embarrassment of the novelty, the parent uses the instinct to care for his child. But sadness lurks in the solitude of his home. Night after night he evades; he starts drinking; he drowns out his feelings, with alcohol and anxiety in his body, he decides to be with his wife.
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LA MULA MUERTA | DEAD MULE. de Rafael Velásquez / 12 min / Venezuela / 2011
Beatriz is a cheerful young woman involved in an affair with her boss, Nicolas, a married man. Although their meetings are brief and often of a sexual nature, Beatriz wants to bring Nicholas to a more committed and less casual relationship; her persistence and originality wins. Laura, the wife of Nicolas, has hired someone to follow them in their affair and take compromising photos of them. When Laura challenges Beatriz makes an unusual request: she wants the economic benefits she received before. Beatriz agrees, but the confrontation produces an unexpected consequence.
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COLMILLO | FANG.  Alvis Abreu / 19 min / Venezuela /  2010
An indomitable stray dog takes over the territory from a beggar, Mateo, who is immersed in solitude. Mateo does not understand how he has been displaced by a dog and is determined to regain his place at any cost. What seemed simple to Mateo ends up in a great battle. Solitude and the companionship will play a role in the battle. Fang is a history of reflection on how human beings are willing to endure in order not to be alone.
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I WANNA SHINE. Prakrity Maduro / 8 min / Venezuela / 2011
I Wanna Shine tells the story of a set of objects lying in a film warehouse. When the manager leaves, these objects come alive. An old film camera, is the director of a clandestine set, flashlights, microphones, cables, lamps and tripods are the actors, dancers, singers, and acrobats in the movie. This “stop-motion” short, has participated in 5 international festivals, and won the Best Animation prize at the Chort’s Film Festival in 2010.

Sponsored by the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC). The Venezuelan series in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

WED. SEP. 30,2015. Griffith Film Theatre. 7pm | US Premiere

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SWING CON SON. Rafael Marziano Tinoco / 132 min / Venezuela / 2009 |  Spanish with English subtitles

The film captures the stories of Caribbean people and their political and spiritual journey through the musical tale of Billo Frometa and the music that made him an icon throughout generations in Latin America. The film is about the famous Venezuelan Salsa band “La Billos Caracas Boys,” a tour de force with more than 60 musical pieces of Frometa’s ouvre.
Introduced by Haydeé Chavero, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Co-curator Venezuelan Series.

Sponsored by the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC). The Venezuelan series in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

TH. OCT. 1, 2015. Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Campus. 7pm | World Premiere

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DO MANGUE. Steve Berg / 75 min / Brazil / 2015 |  Portuguese with English subtitles

The Film director describes Do Mangue as “A film essay on prostitution, dance, and the late work of the Brazilian modernist poet Oswald de Andrade”.  

With the presence of the director | Q&A to follow the screeningCosponsored by the Global Brazil Lab and the Duke Brazil Initiative.

FRI. OCT. 2, 2015. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC. UNC-CH. 7pm.


CORAZON DEL CIELO, CORAZON DE LA TIERRA | HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EART Eric Black, Frauke Sandig / 98 min / Guatemala-MX, Germany / 2013 | Spanish, Maya with English subtitles

HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH allows the Maya of today to answer, following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, they put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed over years, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.




Documentary Films by Cuban Filmmaker Gustavo Pérez Fernández  | Films in Spanish with English subtitles

SEVERO SECRETO | SEVERO SECRET (work-in-progres). Gustavo Pérez Fernández / 30 min / Cuba / 2015.
EL VIAJE | JOURNEY. Gustavo Pérez Fernández / 20 min / Cuba / 2010
LOS ULTIMOS DIAS DE UNA CASA | LAST DAYS OF A HOME. Gustavo Pérez Fernández / 12 min / Cuba / 2008
SOLA, LA EXTENSA REALIDAD | ALONE, EXTENDED REALITY. Gustavo Pérez Fernández / 8 min / Cuba / 2003

With the presence of the director | Q&A to follow the screening


SUN. OCT 4, 2015. Century Center, Carrboro. NC. 4.30 pm

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THE PERFECT GAME | UN BUEN JUEGO. William Dear / 118 min / USA-Latino / 2010 |  English, Spanish with subtitles

Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series. Based on a true story. In 1957 a rag-tag, shoeless, poor group of kids from Monterrey, Mexico shocked the world by winning 13 games in a row and the Little League World Series in the only perfect game ever pitched in the Championship. These kids, led by their priest and a down-and-out former major leaguer embark on a journey through the southern US and up into Williamsport, PA for the Championship game. They encountered many adversities including nearly being deported and the bigotry that wouldn’t allow them into certain restaurants or travel on certain buses. They never lost their faith and eventually captured the hearts of both nations. This is a heart-warming inspirational story in the tradition of “Rudy”, “Hoosiers”, “Coach Carter” or “Friday Night Lights”.

UN BUEN CARNICERO | A GOOD BUTCHER.  Victoria Bouloubasis, Vittles Films / 14 min / NC/Latino / 2014 |  Spanish, English with English subtitles

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A good butcher listens. When customers at Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro, North Carolina began asking for cuts in Spanish, owner Cliff Collins started looking for help. For nearly 18 years Tolo Martínez has worked behind Cliff’s counter, learning “country” English and giving college professors, blue-collar workers and long-time patrons exactly what they want—and always with a smile. Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher) goes behind the courtesies of the butcher’s counter on the eve of Independence Day to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America’s freedom and questioning its convenience.
* With the presence of the director and major characters of the film  | Round table to follow the screening


WED. OCT. 7. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC. UNC-CH. 7pm  

LA CARRETERA | THE HIGHWAY. Viktor Hernández / 12 min / El Salvador-USA / 2015 |  Spanish with English subtitles

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With the presence of the director | World Premiere


LA MALA CRIANZA | THE CROW’S NEST. Arturo Menéndez / 70 min / El Salvador / 2014 |  Spanish with English subtitles


The first fiction film from El Salvador to be produced since 1969 and the first ever to see a worldwide release, The Crow’s Nest follows Don Cleo, a humble piñata salesman who receives an extortion letter at his doorstep. If he doesn’t pay $500, a small fortune for him, within 72 hours, he will be killed. Don Cleo quickly decides to gather the money through friends, but the harder he tries to raise the funds, the deeper into trouble he gets. If Don Cleo hopes to survive, he’ll have to face his fears and stand up to his tormentors. With a magnificent use of deadpan humor and charm, The film depicts a unique and realistic vision of El Salvador, where evangelical churches, reverence for the concept of the American Dream, the local struggling economy, and violence are everyday experiences for its most vulnerable population. Shot on location in neighborhoods controlled by gangs, the script was based on a collection of real stories.

Fri. OCT. 9, 2015.Michaux School of Education Auditorium. NCCU. 7pm


LA PROMESA | THE PROMISERubén Reyes / 14 min / USA-Latino / 2015|  English with Spanish subtitles

Produced by local Latino Students at the IAM school of film in Raleigh, NC this short is based on classic gangster films. Written by Jesús Martínez and directed by Rubén Reyes, with Kenny Santiago Marrero, Valentina Zuluaga, Jesús Martínez, Yesse Rodríguez, Elián Restrepo, Miguel Villalón, and Joey Rey.

ESCLAVO DE DIOS |GOD’S SLAVE.  Joel Novoa / 90 min / Venezuela / 2013 |  Spanish with English subtitles


Inspired by true events, “God’s Slave” is the story of Ahmed and David, two extremist characters, one Islamic and the other Jewish, one living in Venezuela and the other in Argentina, who cross paths while being on opposite sides of the conflict in the A.M.I.A bombings that took place in 1994 in Buenos Aires.

TU. OCT. 13, 2015. Mandela Auditorium. FedEx GEC. UNC-CH. 7.00 pm

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IVY MARAEY, TIERRA SIN MAL | LAND WITHOUT EVIL. Juan Carlos Valdivia / 105 min / 2014 / Spanish and Guaraní with English Subtitles / Bolivia

A Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní Indian travel together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia to make a film about the Guaraní people. The starting point is a 1911 film by Swedish explorer Erland Nordenskiöld. But today’s reality turns out to be much more intense than the nostalgia for a lost world. In Yvy Maraey, the white man (the director) and the Indian create and interpret their own characters, walking the thin line between documentary, fiction, and performance. Far from observing another culture, we are watched and questioned about our identity in a country undergoing enormous social, political, and historical change as it struggles to create an intercultural society. Yvy Maraey is a quest for the knowledge within, seen through the eyes of the other. Here learning comes from another form of seeing—listening. The film combines reality with the epic tale of a heroic indigenous nation.

Co-Sponsored by Romance Studies and the Center of Global Initiatives at UNC-CH and PRAGDA

The Cinema of Venezuela 2012-14. Caracas Filminuto Winners. On line view on the website.


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