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Latino Film Series

The Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy & Religion presents the Sixth Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series

The 6th Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series

September 18 – October 23, 2018
All films will be screened on ESU campus and are free and open to the public.

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Tues., Sept. 18, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sat., Oct 13, 1:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
On the Roof
(El techo)
Patricia Ramos / Cuba / 75 min / 2017 / Spanish with English subtitles

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In this feel-good ensemble dramedy, a flat rooftop in an old Havana neighborhood is the natural habitat for three friends who spend their days and nights dreaming about the future. Yasmani is an amateur pigeon fancier who is too shy to talk to a girl he likes; Victor José has convinced himself of his Sicilian descent and now prefers to go by Vito; Anita is five months pregnant and pretends that she doesn’t care who the father is. In the midst of their boredom, without money and dreaming about success, they decide to set up their own business. The cost of this dream will finally lead them to personal maturity, but with some difficulty.


Tues., Sept. 25, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sat., Oct. 13, 3:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
The Future Perfect
(El futuro perfecto)
Nele Wohlatz / Agentina / 65 min / 2016 / Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles

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Xiaobin is 17 years old and does not speak a single word of Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. But a few days later, she already has a new name, Beatriz, and a job in a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in a parallel world in a launderette, far removed from the Argentinians. Xiaobin secretly saves money and enrolls at a language school. She tries out in the street what she learns there. After having learned how to “make appointments,” she arranges to meet a supermarket customer, Vijay. He comes from India, and although they can barely communicate with each other, they start a secret romance. And when she practices the conditional, the form of possibility, Xiaobin starts thinking about the future. What would happen if her parents learned about Vijay? The more she masters the Spanish language, the more she interferes in the scenario.


Thur., Sept. 27, 6:00 PM, SciTech 117
Clinica De Migrantes
Maxim Pozdorovkin / USA / 40 min / 2016 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Q&A with Steven Larson, MD, cofounder and Executive Director of Puentes de Salud. Dr. Larson is assistant dean for Global Health Programs and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. **Sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and the Division of Student Affairs.

Clinica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Clinica de Migrantes tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them.

Tues., Oct. 2, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sat., Oct. 13, 5:00 PM, Beers Lecure Hall
True Smile
(La sonrisa verdaders)
Juan Rayos / Spain / 82 min / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

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A heart-warming story of self-improvement, True Smile follows the extraordinary 1,300 kilometers journey Sergio, a blind autistic young man, undertakes with his brother. Over 30 days, Sergio and Juan Manuel traverse desert and high mountains by tandem bike, starting in Cuenca in central Spain and finishing in one of the most remote villages in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. The candid documentary provides a magnificent glimpse into Sergio’s impenetrable world; so similar to the desert he travels to on his trip. What underlines this story is Sergio’s amazing ability to challenge his limitations and the infinite love of his brother and companion. Sergio’s motivation and strength to undertake this amazing adventure comes from his wish to see his friend Mati again at her home in Morocco.


Tues., Oct. 16, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sun., Oct. 14, 1:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
Summer 1993
(Estiu 1993)
Carla Simon / Spain / 96 min / 2017 / Catalan with English subtitles

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In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents to AIDS, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians. Unfortunately, the transition is not easy for Frida. Confronting the adult atters of death and religion through the eyes of a child, Simón captures exactly what it feels loke to grow up in an adult world


Tues., Oct. 23, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sun., Oct. 14, 3:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
La Soledad
(La soledad)
Jorge Thielen-Armand / Venezuela, Canada, Italy / 89 min / 2016 Spanish with English subtitles

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Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a ramshackle villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neighborhoods. After learning that the villa’s owners are planning to sell the estate, José seeks any solution that might keep his six-year-old daughter from growing up in Caracas’ crime-sodden slums. Might that fabled treasure supposedly hidden in La Soledad’s walls offer José’s family a chance at a better life? comedic spark from its bone-dry humor, taking great delight in the reinvigorated ingenuity and pride of its aging protagonist.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, and The ESU Foundation.

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 Tuesday 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