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Latin American Studies Film Series Returns on Sept. 25

The Latin American Studies Film Series returns to CSULB on Thursday, Sept. 25, with the theme “Love Stories: Diverse Visions.”

The four-film series will show individual films on successive Thursdays with all screenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the campus’ University Theater. Admission to each film is free and open to the public and all of the films have English subtitles.

Guiding the selection of this year’s films was a desire to show stories that would explore the complexity of love in different cultural settings, explained series organizer José Sánchez-H., a professor of film and electronic arts at CSULB.  “The final selection features two dramas and two comedies. The film series this year is a cinematic journey from the Andes to the Caribbean.”

Opening the series on Sept. 25 will be a screening of “Los Andes No Creen en Dios” (“The Andes Don’t Believe in God”), directed and written by Antonio Eguino. The film is based on stories by Adolfo Costa du Reis about life in Bolivia during the peak of mining.

Next, a comedy produced by Fox Studios in 1934 titled “Asegure a su Mujer” (“He Trusted His Wife”) and directed by Lewis Seiler continues the series on Oct. 2. “Asegure a su Mujer” is a 35mm subtitled preservation print created in a collaborative effort between the Academy Film Archive, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and the CSULB Film and Electronic Arts Department.

“The level of cooperation involved a direct collaboration among these three entities working together on the Film Acquisition and Preservation Committee. This committee was created in 2002 by Marlene Dermer of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), Josef Lindner and Michael Pogorzelski of the Academy Film Archive, and myself to foster preservation of Latin American films,” Sánchez-H noted.

“‘Asegure a su Mujer’ is a screwball comedy produced by Fox Studios for the Latin American market in the 1930s when sound was a new technology affecting cinema around the globe. Hollywood studios were interested in winning over Latin American audiences and hired the most popular Latino stars to be in their movies, which were distributed only throughout Latin America,” he explained. “The screening of ‘Asegure a su Mujer’ at CSULB will be the second time this film is shown publicly in the United States.”

On Oct. 9, the series will screen the Cuban film “Madrigal,” directed by Fernando Pérez. The dramatic love story told in two time periods, 2005 and 2020, portrays a place where reality and fantasy seem to merge into one.

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The series concludes on Oct. 16 with a comedy from Puerto Rico directed by Carlos Ruiz and Marie Pérez Rivera titled “Maldeamores” (“Lovesickness”). The film follows several characters in their quests for love.

The Latin American Studies Film Series is a yearly free event presented by the Film and Electronic Arts Department, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Romance, German, Russian, Languages and Literatures Department, in collaboration with various organizations inside and outside the university, including the LALIFF and the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.   

“The Latin American Studies Film Series is an excellent way for us to reach both students and the community. Our goal is to provide an experience that will facilitate an openness to and understanding of Latin America cinema and culture,” said Sánchez-H., who believes the series bridges town and gown. “The university is an important part of the Long Beach community and reaching people through cultural events is essential for fostering education beyond the classrooms.”

For more information, go to www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/las or call José Sánchez-H. at 562/985-7661.