Pitt’s Latin American Film Series Marks 10th Anniversary With Spring 2013 Program

Issue Date: 
February 4, 2013

The Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano (Friends of Latin American Cinema), a free public film series sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, will mark its 10th anniversary during the spring 2013 semester with a slate of films that fit the theme “Latin America Through Children’s Eyes.” The films portray children as narrators of intimate stories set in a number of Latin American countries, using children’s perspectives as vehicles for questioning traditional social values and political ideologies.  

The films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Each film will be preceded by a short introduction, and attendees are welcome to stay for a bilingual discussion after the film’s conclusion. All films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Building’s auditorium.

The schedule follows.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Las Malas Intenciones / The Bad Intentions  (Perú, 2011)

Perú’s entry for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, The Bad Intentions follows 8-year-old Cayetana, an intelligent, morbid girl who is fascinated with the gruesome demises of Peruvian Independence heroes. Set in Lima in 1981, the film subtly interweaves the attacks of the guerrilla group The Shining Path.

Thursday, March 28

Postales de Leningrado / Postcards From Leningrad  (Venezuela, 2007)

Winner of a number of international awards, Postcards From Leningrad centers on two imaginative children as they relive the adventures of their guerrilla parents, constructing a fantastic labyrinth of superheroes and myths and seeking to distract themselves from the deaths, denunciations, and treasons taking place among the guerrillas.

Thursday, April 18

Los Colores de la Montaña / The Colors of the Mountain (Colombia, 2010) 

Shot in the lush, mountainous Andean province of Antioquia, Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain follows three friends as they set out to recover a prized soccer ball after it is kicked into a minefield.

The Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano group was formed in 2003 by Pitt students and faculty. The group plans and organizes free monthly screenings of Latin American and Latino-related films. It is supported by the University’s Center for Latin American Studies, the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection at Hillman Library, and the Global Studies Center.

 For more information, visit http://amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com or contact Mildred Lópezm mfl12@pitt.edu.