“La Yuma” won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and numerous honors at festivals throughout Latin America, Europe and the US.
Directed by Florence Jaugey (Nicaragua, 2009)
Nicaragua’s first full-length feature film in more than 20 years tells the story of Yuma, a tough girl who dreams of escaping poverty by becoming a boxer. In the ring, she finds release for the pent-up aggression and anger from life in the slums of Managua, a loveless family life, and friends who waste their lives on petty crime. 91 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building
Directed by Rodrigo Pla (Uruguay, 2012)
A middle-aged Montevideo woman struggles to take care of her three children and 80-year-old father, whose health is deteriorating. 84 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Directed by Marcel Rasquin (Venezuela, 2010)
Venezuela’s submission to the 2011 Academy Awards chronicles the lives of two boys whose talent on the soccer field may be their only chance to escape their lives of poverty in Caracas. Raised as brothers, Julio and Daniel/”Gato” have been virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to try out for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart. 97 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Room 105, Northgate Hall
Directed by William Vega (Colombia, 2011)
Fleeing the armed violence that has claimed her family, Alicia finds refuge at La Sirga, a rundown lakeside guesthouse owned by her taciturn uncle Óscar, the only relative she has left. There, amidst the sound of distant thunder, she tries to rebuild her life while the war she sought to escape inches closer. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“A slow-burn Andean fable of considerable evocative power…” — Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Room 150, Goldman School of Public Policy