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Latin American Film Festival to feature Columbian film “Embrace of the Serpent”

By Megan Hayes

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s annual Latin American Film Festival will feature the Columbian film “Embrace of the Serpent” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in room 415 (Rough Ridge) in Plemmons Student Union on the university campus. Admission to the film is free, and the public is welcome.

Winner of Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for the Oscar as one of the best foreign films of 2015, this Colombian film tells the story of two scientists who explored the Amazon for 40 years in search of a sacred healing plant. Their journey is intertwined with the life of an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his people.

The film will be preceded by an introduction from Dr. Patricia Ortiz, interim assistant chairperson for the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The film festival will also present “The Liberator,” which portrays Simón Bolivar and the struggle for Latin American Independence, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in room 415 (Rough Ridge) in Plemmons Student Union.

A short discussion led by a Latin American studies faculty member will follow each film.

About the Latin American Film Festival

The Latin American Film 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 festival is made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Anthropology and Appalachian@s, a university organization comprised of Latino faculty and staff.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.