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Women in 21st Century Latin American Film Series
Sponsored by UC's Center for Film & Media Studies and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

September 16th at 5pm: Del amor y otros demonios / Of Love and Other Demons
September 20th at 7pm: La Yuma
September 27th at 7pm: 3 Bellezas / 3 Beauties 
October 7th at 5pm: El Niño Pez / The Fish Child

A speaker will introduce the films and lead a Q&A discussion after the screening.

Sunday, September 16 at 5:00pm
Del amor y otros demonios / Of Love and Other Demons


Runtime: 1hr 35 Drama | 2009

In this adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’ homonymous novel, Costa Rican director Hilda Hidalgo Xirinachs explores sexual awakening and religious intolerance during Spanish colonial rule of modern-day Colombia.

Introduction and Q&A by Mauricio Espinoza

Synopsis:
 A 13-year-old aristocratic young woman raised by African slaves in Cartagena de Indias, Sierva is bitten by a rabid dog and is believed to be demon-possessed. The local bishop orders Sierva to be locked in a convent and exorcized.
However, Sierva and the vicar in charge of her exorcism are tempted by a demon stronger than faith or reason. Displaying lovely photography, this period film examines the conflicting legacies of colonialism in Latin America.

 

Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm
La Yuma


​Runtime: 1hr 30Action, Drama | 2011

A co-production of Nicaragua, Mexico, and Spain, La Yuma is French-born director Florence Jaugey first feature film and Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years. The gritty movie  borrows from the socially committed legacy of the New Latin American Film movement of the 1960s.

Introduction and Q&A by Mauricio Espinoza

Synopsis:
The story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Struggling with a dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, gang violence, limited employment opportunities, Yuma finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student

 

Thursday, September 27 at 5:00pm
 3 Bellezas / 3 Beauties

​Runtime: 1hr 37, Horror, Thriller | 2014

A comedic and satirical take on Venezuela’s obsession with beauty and its relation to social status, 3 Bellezas has been described as “Toddlers & Tiaras meets Pedro Almodóvar.” Director Carlos Caridad Montero employs in his feature film debut many of the characteristics found in his acclaimed shorts, including a grotesque style inspired in graphic narrative and an elliptical style of narration that plays with the viewer’s preconceptions.

Introduction and Q&A by Patricia Valladares-Ruiz

Synopsis:
Perla attempts to achieve through her two competitive daughters her own unfulfilled aspirations to become a beauty queen.

 

Sunday, October 7 at 5:00pm
 El Niño Pez / The Fish Child


​Runtime: 1hr 36, Romance, Thriller | 2011

In this enthralling story of forbidden lesbian love, Argentinian writer-director Lucía Puenzo continues her poignant exploration of gender and sexuality started in her 2007 award-winning film XXY.

Introduction and Q&A by Dani Granja

Synopsis: 
The daughter of a powerful judge, Lala fall in love with her family’s Paraguayan maid, Ailín, who has been subjected to sexual abuse throughout her life. As the two lovers plot an escape, crime, misunderstandings, and a dose of magic realism fill the dramatic plot.

 

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