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Latin American and Spanish film festival: A Contracorriente

  • 1/30/2013 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Movie/Film

Latin American and Spanish film festival: A ContracorrienteJoin us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, celebrate the culture and the language, and expand your understanding of world cinema!

On the third night of the film festival, Krista VanVleet, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Latin American Studies Program, shows us a film that explores love, masculinity, and sexuality within the context of Peruvian tradition:

CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW)
Beloved and handsome fisherman Miguel lives with his pregnant wife, Mariela, in Cabo Blanco, a small fishing village in Northern Peru. What no one knows is that Miguel is also having a passionate affair with Santiago, a painter ostracized from the community for his agnostic views and open homosexuality.

When Santiago drowns accidentally in the ocean's strong undertow, he's unable to pass peacefully to the other side so he returns after his death to ask Miguel to look for his body and bury it according to the rituals of the town. Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or honor his request and, in turn, reveal their relationship to Mariela and the entire village.

UNDERTOW examines the complicated intersection of love, masculinity, sexuality, and tradition and has received an outpouring of critical acclaim and numerous awards.

(Javier Fuentes-Leon, 100 minutes, Drama, 2009, Spanish with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.