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Latino Film Series

The East Stroudsburg University Department of Modern Languages Presents:

The 5th Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series

September 12 – October 17, 2017
All films will be screened on ESU campus and are free and open to the public.

Download the Fifth Annual Latino Heritage Month Film Series poster

Tues., Sept. 12, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sat., Oct 14, 3:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
The Companion
(El acompañante)
Pavel Giroud / Film: Cuba / 104 min / 2016 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule, The Companion narrates the unlikely friendship between a boxing champion and a conflictive patient. After failing a doping test, Horacio Romero has no other choice but to serve a sentence. His fate is in Los Cocos, a sanatorium under military rule where HIV patients are compulsorily confined, with the exception of a weekly pass to visit their families under the supervision of personal wardens called “companions.” As a “companion,” Horacio is supposed to keep an eye on Daniel -the most conflictive patient in the ward- and get him to comply with the regulations. Their interests immediately collide as Daniel is set to spend his last days in freedom and is ready to do anything to make this happen. Horacio, on the other hand, dreams about boxing again to get his champion’s status back. For that to happen, however, he must first win this battle out of the ring...


Tues., Sept. 19, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sat., Oct. 14, 5:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
The Empty Classroom
(El aula vacía)
Flavia Castro, Mariana Chenillo, Pablo Fendrik, Carlos Gaviria, Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Martel, Nicolás Pereda, Eryk Rocha, Pablo Stoll, Daniel Vega, Diego Vega, Gael García Bernal / Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, El Salvador / 111 min / 2015 / Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles

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Nearly half of all young people in Latin America never finish high school. To explore this dropout crisis, creative director Gael García Bernal gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers who have created a captivating anthology of short films, both narrative and documentary. There is no easy solution to this complex issue, and each short delves into the underlying reasons, from poverty to societal traditions, that students aren’t graduating. Among many issues, the short films explore the links between the dropout crisis and violence; how to identify students at risk of dropping out of school in Latin America; the lack of interest in school that is preventing students from graduating; school exclusion in indigenous communities; the not-so-typical challenges to finishing high school faced by a deaf student; the relationship between the financial cost to staying in school and its benefits; and what happens when drop out students want to go back.


Tues., Sept. 26, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sun., Oct. 15, 1:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
El Amparo
Rober Calzadilla / Colombia & Venezuela / 97 min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles

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In the Venezuelan town of El Amparo, near the border of Colombia, a group of fishermen sets off down the Aruca River. But only two men return, their friends shot down by the military, who claim they were clandestine guerrillas on a mission. The army soon arrives to claim the two survivors, held in the local jail, but they encounter an honorable policeman and fiercely loyal population who will do anything to protect the truth as the pressures to stick to the official story become overwhelming. Based on the true story of a 1988 massacre, this feature debut of filmmaker Rober Calzadilla is a searing drama, now more timely than ever. – AFI Latin American Festival.

Tues., Oct. 3, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sun., Oct. 15, 3:00 PM, Beers Lecure Hall
Red Gringo
(Gringo rojo)
Miguel Angel Vidaurre / Chile / 68 min / 2016 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Reminiscent of Searching for Sugarman, director Miguel Ángel Vidaurre’s self-described “pop memory exercise” follows North American singer Dean Reed’s surprising and unlikely political transformation after learning of the brutality and repression of U.S.-supported regimes in South America. Born in Lakewood, Colorado, Reed attempted to conquer the American music industry with his voice and charisma. His songs found modest success in the U.S., but became massive hits in Latin America. In 1962, with hopes of cashing in on his international popularity, Reed tours South America, where he undergoes a political awakening that earned him the nickname “The Red Elvis.” After being forced into exile, Reed settled in East Germany where he continued his career until his mysterious death in 1986. Making magnificent use of never seen old photographs, interviews, concert footage, and other unpublished material, Red Gringo sheds light on what was really happening in Latin America during the Cold War.


Tues., Oct. 17, 2:00 PM, Stroud Hall 117
Sun., Oct. 15, 5:00 PM, Beers Lecture Hall
Sealed Cargo
(Carga sellada)
Julia Vargas Weise / Bolivia, France, Mexico, Venezuela / 107 min / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles

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Val (stunningly performed by Regina Casé) is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

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

This 2017 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 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