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Central America and the Reel Politik

A three day film festival (October 19-21) presenting Central American films by emerging and established artists.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library
Main Conference Room

Central America's recent films emerge out of the ashes of political turmoil, war, immigration, and uneven development. To bring attention to the region and its issues as well as its vibrant culture and artistic creativity, this festival presents films by both emerging and established artists.

Highlights include La Yuma, the first Nicaraguan film in forty years, and Amor y frijoles, a gem of Honduras' nascent film industry, among many others. The festival kicks off with the documentary Paradise for Sale, which will be preceded by a short introduction by filmmakers Anayansi Prado and Carolina Rivera.

Schedule of Screenings (Food, drinks, and snacks will be served during the 3-days)

Wednesday, October 19

1:15 p.m.

Paraiso for Sale (Panama/USA, 2011, seventy-five minutes)
Documentary directed by Anayansi Prado
English and Spanish with English subtitles

2:35 p.m.

Banana flambé (Costa Rica, 2010, thirty minutes)
Short feature directed by Sara Fischel
Spanish with English subtitles

3:10 p.m.

La Yuma (Nicaragua, 2009, ninety minutes)
Feature directed by Florence Jaugey
Spanish with English subtitles

4:50 p.m.

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (Guatemala/USA, 2006, ninety minutes)
Documentary directed by Heidi Specogna
English and Spanish with English subtitles

6:25 p.m.

Goddess Earth and Fire (Belize, 2011, fifteen minutes)
Documentary directed by Daniel Velasquez
Spanish with English subtitles

7:05 p.m.

Manlio Argueta, poetas, y volcanes (El Salvador, 2010, forty-five minutes)
Documentary directed by Carolina Rivera
Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, October 20


Amor y Frijoles (Honduras, 2009, eighty-three minutes)
Feature directed by Mathew Kodath and Hernan Pereira
Spanish; no subtitles

1:30 p.m.

Anancy's Gift (Costa Rica, 2010, fifty minutes)
Documentary directed by Marvin Piedra
Spanish; no subtitles

2:25 p.m.

Entre los muertos (El Salvador, 2009, sixty minutes)
Documentary directed by Jorge Dalton
Spanish with English subtitles

3:30 p.m.

El rapto de sibö (Costa Rica, 2009, twenty-six minutes)
Documentary directed by Pablo Ortega
Spanish with English subtitles

4 p.m.

Gerardi (Guatemala, 2010, ninety minutes)
Feature directed by Jimmy and Sammy Morales
Spanish with English subtitles

6 p.m.

Semillas de cenizas (Guatemala/Belgium, 2010, fifty-two minutes)
Documentary directed by Cesar Augusto Diaz
Spanish; no subtitles

7 p.m.

Palabras sin fronteras (El Salvador/U.S.A, 2010, thirty minutes)
Documentary directed by Sara Aguilar

7:35 p.m.

Escritores y Poetas Documental de la literatura contemporánea panameña (Panama, 2010, thirty minutes)
Documentary directed by Jhoram Moya
Spanish; no subtitles

8:05 p.m.

La Isla: Archivos de una tragedia (Germany/Guatemala, 2009, eighty-five minutes)
Documentary directed by Uli Stelzner
Spanish with English subtitles


Friday, October 21


La marina errante (Costa Rica, 2008, thirty-one minutes)
Documentary directed by Pablo Ortega
Spanish with English subtitles

12:35 p.m.

Silak Watla (La Cárcel) (Nicaragua, 2009, thirty minutes)
Documentary directed by Dania Torres
English with Spanish subtitles

1:10 p.m.

Chino's Story (El Salvador, 2010, ninety minutes)
Documentary directed by Michael Flores
Spanish with English subtitles

2:45 p.m.

Ausentes (El Salvador, 2009, thirty-six minutes)
Documentary directed by Tomás Guevara
Spanish; no subtitles

3:20 p.m.

Semana Santa en Guatemala (Guatemala, 2010, seventy-seven minutes)
Documentary directed by Alejandro Aldana Aragón
Spanish with English subtitles

4:40 p.m.

Pan y Revolver (El Salvador, 2010, fifty minutes)
Documentary directed by Marvin Aguilar
Spanish; no subtitles

5:35 p.m.

El derecho a cantar (El Salvador, 2010, forty minutes)
Documentary directed by Carolina Fuentes
Spanish with English subtitles

6:20 p.m.

Las marimbas del infierno (Guatemala, 2010, seventy-three minutes)
Feature directed by Julio Hernandez
Spanish with English subtitles

7:35 p.m.

La palabra en el bosque (El Salvador/USA, 2011, fifty-six minutes)
Documentary directed by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi and Jeffrey Gould
Spanish with English subtitles



Parking Information: The closest parking lot is Structure #3 & #5. Visitors may purchase daily parking permits (Currently $11) by stopping at the Information & Parking booths or by using a "Pay by Space" pay station. The closest information booth to Structure #3 is located on Hilgard and Westholme Ave. To use a Parking Pay Station: Simply drive to a self-service Pay Station location (there is one located in Structure #3). Please read the posted signs and screen prompts for Pay by Space. Pay Stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly (all-day passes can also be purchased).

Cost : Admission is free, and no reservations are required; seating is on a first-come basis.


Download file: CntrlAmerica-FilmFest-FIlmSynopsis-cv-xjp.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center

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