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Latin American Film Festival begins Aug. 28

BOONE—A Latin American Film Festival will be held Thursdays beginning Aug. 28 at Appalachian State University. Admission to the films is free.

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The festival is designed to attract students, faculty and community members interested in Latin American studies. It has been organized by faculty in the Latin American studies program at Appalachian.

The first film in the series, “The Violin,” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, in Plemmons Student Union’s Greenbriar Theatre. Dr. María Ortíz-Owens will lead a discussion following the film. The international award-winning film tells the story of an elderly Mexican farmer and violinist who devises an ingenious way of smuggling ammunition to be used during the peasant revolts of the 1970s.

“Motorcycle Diaries” will be shown Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in Greenbriar Theater. Dr. René Harder Horst will lead a discussion afterward. The film follows the early travels of future revolution leader Che Guevara when he was a 23-year-old medical student exploring South America by motorcycle.

The film “Una Estrella y Dos Cafés” will be shown Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Rough Ridge Room (Room 415). Dr. Victoria Cox will lead a discussion. Set in northern Argentina, the film is about a young girl’s friendship with an architect hired to design a house in her village.

The 2002 film “Kamchatka” will be shown Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Rough Ridge Room. Dr. Catherine Fountain will be the discussion leader. Set in Argentina, the film is a young boy’s point of view of his family’s efforts to hide from the military police following a 1976 coup d’état.

“In the Time of the Butterflies” will be shown Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Rough Ridge Room. Dr. John Craft will be the discussion leader. The film is based on the book by Julia Álvarez and tells the story of three sisters who were murdered for participating in a plot to overthrow Gen. Leonidas Trujillo who controlled the Dominican Republic government.

Dance is the focus of “Tango Among Friends” that follows renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim who returns to his hometown in Buenos Aires to explore the origins of tango. The  Oct. 23 film begins at 7 p.m. in Rough Ridge Room in Plemmons Student Union. Dr. Victoria Cox will lead the discussion afterward.

The film for Nov. 6 is “The Official Story,” which will be shown in Rough Ridge Room in Plemmons Student Union. Dr. René Harder Horst will lead the discussion following the film. The 1985 Argentine drama tells the story of an upper middle class family who learns that their adopted daughter may have been stolen from the birth mother.

The festival concludes Nov. 20 with “Central Station,” a 1998 Brazilian-French drama that tells the story of a former school teacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through Rio de Janeiro’s central train station, and the relationship between the teacher and a young boy who hopes to reunite with his father.

The film will be shown in Room 201B Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. Dr. Catherine Fountain will lead the discussion.

The Latin American Film Festival is made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan, Office of International Education and Development, Belk Library and Information Commons, Department of History, Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures, Appalachian@s, a university organization comprised of organization of Latino faculty and staff, John Craft, Donna Davis and the Latin American studies faculty.

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