The rich, artistic contributions of the region that stretches from the tip of South America to Mexico will be celebrated for the second consecutive year at the Latin American Film and Art Festival, during four days of free events from Thursday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 15, at California State University, Northridge.
A scene from “Carmin Tropical,” by Rigoberto Perezcano.
The festival, hosted by CSUN’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and UNAM Los Angeles, will offer a wide variety of cultural events including a program of short films created by UNAM and CSUN students, an art exhibit by Mexican artist Eva Malhotra, a live theatrical play featuring the lives of Diego Rivera, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Joaquin Murrieta (El Zorro), a series of theatrical readings with live audience participation, documentaries, and the feature film festival highlighting some of Latin America’s most talented filmmakers.
“The Latin American Film and Art Festival offers an opportunity for people to explore the diversity of cultures that characterizes Latin America through a variety of media,” said Stella Theodoulou, dean of the college. “The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and our partner UNAM Los Angeles were so pleased with last year’s success that we decided to expand the activities and the number of films, so this year we are very excited to present a program that not only includes films from Latin American filmmakers, but also a series of theatrical performances with live audiences, children’s films and a program of short films done by CSUN and UNAM students.”
The festival is free, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve their tickets at the festival’s website, www.csun.edu/csbs/filmfestival2015
The festival’s activities will take place across the university’s campus, located at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge. Parking at CSUN is $6. Parking permits can be purchased at information booths located near the perimeter of the campus on Lindley Avenue to the south or on Prairie Street to the west. Parking permit dispensers can also be found in student parking lots around the campus.
The festival’s schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 12:
5 p.m. – Reception for “Bang Bang!” an exhibition of work by artist Eva Malholtra, in the West Gallery of CSUN’s Art Galleries
7 p.m. – Performance of “Los Valientes” by Core Ensemble, in the Little Theatre of Nordhoff Hall
Friday, Nov. 13:
11 a.m. – Screening of “El Tiemp Suspendido (Time Suspended),” a film by Natalia Bruschten, Argentina (2015), in room 25 of the Oviatt Library
3 p.m. – Theatrical readings of “Palimpsesto” coordinated by Abril Alzaga (UNAM – Catedra Ingmar Bergman), in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451
6 p.m. – Festival’s opening reception in the lobby of Manzanita Hall
7:30 p.m. – Screening of “Corre,” by CSUN students Robert Hovanisian and Elmer Zelaya (2015), and of “Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales),”
by Damian Szifron, Argentina (2014), in the Armer Theater
Saturday, Nov. 14:
11 a.m. – Screening of short films by CSUN and UNAM students, in the Little Theatre of Nordhoff Hall
1 p.m. – Theatrical readings of “BF Bipolar” coordinated by Abril Alzaga (UNAM – Catedra Ingmar Bergman), in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451
3 p.m. – Screening of “La Hazaña del 41 (The 1941 Feat),” by Carolina Vila and Jose Pulido, Venezuela (2011), in the Armer Theater
5 p.m. – Screening of “La Tirisia (Perpetual Sadness),” by Jorge Perez Solano, Mexico (2014), in the Armer Theater
7:30 p.m. – Screening of “Güeros,” by Alonso Ruiz Palacios, Mexico (2014), in the Armer Theater
Sunday, Nov. 15:
11 a.m. – Screening of “Anina,” a children’s animated feature by Alfredo Soderguit, Uruguay – Colombia (2013), the Little Theatre
1 p.m. – Screening of “Carmin Tropical,” by Rigoberto Perezcano, Mexico (2014), in the Armer Theater
3 p.m. – Screening of “Gabo,” by Justin Webster, Spain (2014), in the Armer Theater
5 p.m. – Screening of “Fermin, Glorias del Tango (Fermin, Glories of Tango),” a film by Hernan Findling and Oliver Volker, Argentina (2014),
in the Armer Theater