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Festival de Cine brings Spanish films to Penn State Berks

The Festival de Cine will bring films from the Spanish-speaking world to the students, faculty, and staff of Penn State Berks from September 28-October 1, 2010, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Perkins Student Center, Penn State Berks.

"Your window to Spanish life with English subtitles," the festival celebrates the theme of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), which is "the strength and hard work of Hispanics/Latinos."  Admission is free to Penn State Berks student, faculty, and staff, and Tex Mex refreshments will be served.

Organized by Dr. Rosario Torres, Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of the Spanish Minor, the festival explores Latino representation in the media through the presentation and subsequent discussion of two documentaries and two films.

The festival begins on Tuesday, September 28, with De Nadie, (2005) directed by Din Dirdamal. This documentary chronicles the story of several Central American immigrants in their difficult journey to the U.S. in search of a better life.

On Wednesday, September 29, the film Sin Nombre (2009), directed by Cary Fukunaga, will be presented. The film tells the story of a Honduran teenage girl who dreams of living in the U.S. Her story becomes interlaced with that of a teen gang member, trying to escape a life of crime. This film is rated R.

The documentary The Devil's Miner (2005) will be aired on September 30. Directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, the documentary tells the story of 14-year-old Basilio, who worships the devil for protection while working in a Bolivian silver mine to support his family.

Finally, on October 1, the film La Misma Luna (2007), directed by Patricia Riggen, will be presented. The film tells the story of a boy who crosses the Mexican border into the U.S. to reunite with his mother, who is living in Los Angeles.

The Festival de Cine is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Spanish program, the Global Studies program, and the Diversity Committee. For more information, contact Dr. Rosario Torres at 610-396-6408 or via e-mail at RZT1@psu.edu.
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