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CLAS's second Latin American Film Festival is set to start! We have five exciting film that we will be screening throughout the 2014-15 academic year. 

All screenings are free and open to the public. They will be taking place in the Peter Education Center Auditorium (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building) (see map below). 

For more information, please email Dr. España-Nájera ( or call (559) 278-3020

Click here to open a PDF version of the poster.

October 17th 2014, 5:30pm
El Libertador – Venezuela
Speaker: Dr. Maria-Apreciada Lopes (CLAS)
Co-Sponsors CineCulture, Department of History


Oct 31st 2014, 5:30pm
Nosotros los Nobles – Mexico
Speaker: Adela Santana
Co-Sponsor CineCulture


Feburary 20th 2015, 5:30pm
Jardín de Amapolas – Colombia
Speaker: Maja Zimmermann (producer)
Co-Sponsors CineCulture, Department of Political Science


March 6th, 2015, 5:30pm
Rio 2096: Uma História de Amor e Fúria – Brazil
Speaker: Luiz Bolognesi (director)
Co-Sponsors CineCulture, Department of History


May 1st, 2015, 5:00pm
Jaula de Oro - Mexico
Co-Sponsor CineCulture, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures


How to find the Peter Education Center Auditorium:

Map Peter Education Center Auditorium


 Past Events:

Guest Speaker: Shaping Politics at Home, Cross-Border Social Ties and Local Political Engagement

March 18th, 3:30pm. Peters Building 011. 

Dr. Córdova, will present a talk on political behavior in Latin America. She works on political behavior and her presentation will be on the impact that having family living abroad has on local political action for Latin Americans. The talk is a great opportunity to think about the impact of migration on those who stay behind. 

Wednesday, September 10

McLane 161. 3:30pm - 4:45 pm

Lecture/workshop on memory, aesthetics and terror, music and multidisciplinary creation by Claudio Durán (a.k.a. Quique Cruz), including readings and discussion of his book Memorias de un ex-jugador de ajedrez / Memories of an Ex-chess Player.

Thursday, September 11 (the 41st anniversary of the coup d'etat in Chile)

Peters Ed Center, Auditorium. 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Screening of documentary film Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi.

Lecture/demonstration on the relationship of music and narrative in film-making, and ancient elements in modern Latin American music by Claudio Durán, the film's co-director.

For more information regarding this film, click here