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Latino Film Series

East Stroudsburg University Presents:

The 4th Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series

September 20 – October 13, 2016
All films will be screened on ESU campus and are free and open to the public.

Download the Fourth Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series poster here

Tues., Sept. 20, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sat., Oct 8, 2:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
The Travel Agent
(Pequeñas mentiras piadosas)
Niccolò Bruna / Film: Cuba Production: Spain, Italy / 87 min / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Havana, Cuba. 54th year of United States embargo against Cuba. From her tiny office overlooking the US Interests Section, 58-year old Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a travel visa for the US. She coaches them on how to answer the trick questions, she fine tunes her customers' stories, so they have better chances to succeed.


Tues., Sept. 27, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sat., Oct. 8, 4:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
Luis Zorraquín / Argentina, Paraguay / 85 min / 2015 / Guaraní and Spanish with English subtitles

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Atilio lives with his granddaughter Iara. His great desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guarani culture. When he discovers that Iara's mother, Helena, is pregnant, he decides to go to a long journey and cross borders, with the aim to convince Helena to give birth in the Guarani land... The long journey will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.


Tues., Oct. 4, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sat., Oct. 8, 6:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
3 Beauties
(3 Bellezas)
Carlos Caridad Montero / Venezuela / 97 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Venezuela famously has more international beauty pageant winners than any other country, with thousands of the country’s mothers prepared to do what it takes to get their daughter to the top — and their family out of poverty. One such mother — unhinged, dangerous and compellingly played by Venezuelan Diana Penalver — is the target of Carlos Caridad-Montero’s satirical gaze in 3 Beauties. What initially looks like a local dark comedy can easily be seen as an entertaining attack on the suffering and insecurity generated by the international beauty industry to serve its own ends, and it’s presumably this universality which has led to multiple festival bookings for the pic, with more surely to follow.

Thurs., Oct. 6, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sun., Oct. 9, 2:00 PM, Beers Lecure Hall
Ixcanul, Volcano
(Ixcanul, Volcán)
Jayro Bustamante / France, Guatemala / 62 min / 2015 / Kakchiquel and Spanish with English subtitles

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María, a young 17 year old mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of going to the “big city”, her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny. Later on, a snake bite forces her to go out into the modern world where her life is saved, but at what price...


Thurs., Oct. 13, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 113
Sun., Oct. 9, 4:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
The Second Mother
(Que horas ela volta?)
Anna Muylaert / Brazil / 112 min / 2015 / Portuguese with English subtitles

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Regina Calé plays Val, a spirited if frumpy middle-aged woman who’s worked for a well-off Sao Paolo family for over a decade. In that time she’s become practically a second mom to now-teen Fabinho (Michel Joelsas). She’s practically a co-conspirator with the kid. After his parents, haute-bohemians Barbara (the imperious bossy parent, played by Karine Teles) and Carlos (the laid-back failed artiste inheritor of a family fortune, played by Lourenço Mutarelli) upbraid Fabinho for having a stash of pot (they’re avid smokers themselves of course), Val assists him in retrieving it from the trash. It’s all cozy enough in its way, especially as Barbara and Carlos, the better to assuage their liberal guilt, make something of a show of treating Val as “family.”

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research.

This 2016 East Stroudsburg University Latino Heritage Month Film Series was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. Film Series coordinator: Dr. Annie Mendoza, Department of Modern Languages. For more information visit or email

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Enjoy FREE POPCORN during the screenings courtesy of Aramark.

For Tues/Thurs screenings, One-Day Visitor Parking Pass available at ESU Police Parking Department, Hemlock Suite #82 on campus map

The views expressed in the films do not necessarily reflect those of East Stroudsburg University