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Saint Xavier University provides Southside venue to Chicago Latino Film Festival

Presented in conjunction with the Illinois Latino Cultural Center

news story imageChicago (March 18, 2008) Saint Xavier University, along with the Beverly Arts Center, will be one of two Southside venues to host the Chicago Latino Film Festival in April. Now in its 24th year, this respected national film festival allows viewers to see new and exciting Latin documentaries and short-features from Latin American countries and the U.S.

The festival is sponsored by the Latino/Latin American Program at Saint Xavier in conjunction with the Illinois Latino Cultural Center. All films are open to the general public for $5 each or free with a Cougar Card. 

For more information, contact Maria Llerenas at (773) 298-3231. 

Film times and locations are as follows:

Friday, April 4, McGuire Hall, 3 p.m.

"Tell Mario Not to Come Back" (Documentary), Uruguay, 82 min., Director: Mario Handler

Uruguayan director Mario Handler explains why he visited former comrades, victims, prisoners and an executioner of the dictatorial regime (1973 through 1986) in his motherland and registered their stories in "Tell Mario Not to Come Back." Handler finds he owes it to those who suffered after he himself fled to Venezuela, where he continued making films but not a single one about Uruguay. From 2004 to 2007, Handler traced a number of protagonists who told what life was like during the 13-year dictatorship.


"Project Pilsen," US/Argentina, 5 min., Director: Fernando Olszanski 

This short film explores the destruction of historic buildings and sites to make room for condos and new construction.

Monday, April 7, 2008, S-101 Warde Academic Center, 3 p.m.

"Soy Andina" (Documentary), Peru 70 min., Director: Mitchell Teplitsky

Two New Yorkers, a modern dancer raised in Queens and a folkloric dancer from the Andes, journey to Peru to reconnect with their roots and the world of folkloric dance. "Soy Andina" is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, bursting with traditional music and dance rarely seen outside the country. But the core story is intimate and universal: a yearning for roots and connection in a globalized world.  

"Eddie & Pocket & Kit," US, 14 min., Director: Alejandro Heiber 

Eight-year-old Edie’s pet bird, Pokey, has died. She is trying to revive it as best as she can. Kit, an older neighborhood friend who knows that he can fly, tries to help her.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008, S-101, Warde Academic Center, 3 p.m. 

"Hermeto Pascoal, Act of Creation" (Documentary), Brazil, 50 min., Director: Marilia Alvim 

The film accompanies Hermeto Pascoal, one of Brazil’s foremost musicians, as he and a group of collaborators create, develop and perform the music for the sound track of a movie. The film captures the sheer virtuosity of the musician and his careful, painstaking work.

"With a Stroke of the Chaveta," US, 28 min., Director: Pam Sporn 

In Cuba, cigar factories have traditionally had "readers.” While the workers made cigars by hand, a reader, atop a platform, would read novels, newspaper reports, sports results and political tracts. The history and impact of those readers are explored. 


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