"Based on a True Story"
This year's SXU Film Series will feature films that are all related to actual historical events. Each film is linked to national events like the Presidential election and Hispanic Heritage, Black History and Women's History awareness months.
All screenings are free admission and begin at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
The series includes:
- Miss Bala (Naranjo, 2011) — Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Loosely based on a real incident, Miss Bala follows the misadventures of a beauty pageant contestant in Baja California who is kidnapped by a drug gang. The film takes us into the lives of ordinary Mexicans and shows the many sides involved in the drug wars on both sides of the US/Mexican border.
- NO! (Larrain, 2012) — Tuesday, November 8, 2016
No! recounts the story of the advertising campaign that helped defeat General Agustin Pinochet's notorious dictatorship in Chile in a referendum 1988. Mexican leading man Gael Garcia Bernal plays Rene, the creative director who led the campaign that ousted a dictator in this real life story.No! was awarded first place in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award in Hollywood.
- The Birth of a Nation (Parker, 2016) — Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Birth of a Nationis loosely based on the story of Nat Turner, a literate enslaved man who led a slave rebellion that terrorized white slave owners in Virginia in 1831. It takes its title from D.W Griffith's infamous film epic, that glorified the Ku Klux Klan and perpetrated negative racist stereotypes of African-Americans.
- TBA — Tuesday, March 21, 2017
For more information about the film series, please contact Alison Fraunhar at 773-298-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.