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Vol 56 No. 11 | Sept. 2004
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Latin American Studies Film Series Begins Sept. 23

Film SeriesThe Latin American Studies Film Series at CSULB returns to the campus' University Theatre in September and October. Admission is free for all screenings, which begin at 7 p.m., and all four films are presented with English subtitles.

The series opens on Thursday, Sept. 23, with Héctor Cruz Sandoval's documentary "Kordavision," which traces one man's brilliant photography career from its beginning in Havana, Cuba, until he became the personal photographer of Fidel Castro from 1959 through 1968. Korda's historical photos represent an indelible and invaluable contribution to the modern world of popular images. Sandoval will introduce his film, and afterwards, there will be question-and-answer (Q & A) session with the filmmaker.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Argentine-American director Thomas Trail will introduce his documentary film "R-Generation," which chronicles a popular automotive culture from its beginnings in the back alleys of Southern California to its transformation into a multi-billion-dollar worldwide movement.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, José Luis Valenzuela, filmmaker and artistic director of the Latino Theatre Company and professor of drama at UCLA, will introduce the Cuban Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, "Strawberry and Chocolate," by Tomás Gutierrez Alea. The film tells a story of great friendship, that is, a great love between two men, which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. After the film, there will be a Q & A.

The last film of the series, "Son of the Bride" by Juan José Campanella, will screen on Thursday, Oct. 21. This is also an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and tells the story of a character named Rafael Belvedere who, unsatisfied with his fast-paced life, decides to support his father's desire to re-marry his mother to give her the kind of wedding she always wanted.

The series is sponsored by CSULB's Latin American Studies Program; Film and Electronic Arts Department; College of the Arts; Romance, German, and Russian Languages; and Literatures Department, College of Liberal Arts and Odyssey Program.

José Sánchez-H., CSULB professor of the film and electronic arts, and Jayne Howell, CSULB associate professor of anthropology, served as series organizers. For more information call Sánchez-H. at 562/985-7661 or Howell at 985-5192.

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