Yakino Film Festival & Latino Cultural Film Series 2010

02/03/2010 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment


March 4, 11, 18, 25 • Doors open at 5:00pm

Tickets include film & food

Looking for a fun and exciting Thursday night? Gather your friends for film, conversation and food at Allied Arts’ Latino Cultural Film Series every Thursday this March.

The Latino Cultural Film Series is a chance to gather with food and drink, watch interesting films, and discuss the events that shape our lives. This March, enjoy four films that offer insight into family, friendship, and survival. From Los Angeles to the Dominican Republic, watch stories of romance, victory, and choices unfold.

TICKET INFO: Tickets are $5 presale (call 966-0930), or $6 day of. Social time in the beautiful Allied Arts Center’s (5000 W. Lincoln, Yakima) Peggy Lewis Gallery starts at 5:00pm each night, featuring tasty snacks like tamale pie, Tex-Mex egg rolls and chipotle deviled eggs! To enjoy our beverage selection and an exciting raffle, please bring cash and your ID. Film screenings start at 6:15pm in the theatre. Post-film, a speaker who has expertise surrounding each film will guide Q&A and discussion. Call 966-0930 or visit our office to get your tickets today.

FEATURE FILMS: Films are intended for mature audiences. In Mi Familia (3/4), live through four tumultuous decades with one Mexican-American family in L.A.  During Amexicano (3/11), experience the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar Italian American from Queens and a day-laborer from Mexico. See Papers (3/18) to learn about the challenges undocumented youth face as they turn 18 without legal status, and what the DREAM Act might mean to them. Or, travel with Sugar (3/25), from the Dominican Republic to Iowa’s minor league baseball team, where he has a shot at athletic superstardom. Films feature a mix of Spanish and English—when Spanish is spoken on screen, there are English subtitles. All four films offer insight into the vibrant and ever-changing Latino culture that is a large part of the Yakima Valley.

Embark on a journey to discover what the Yakima community is, through the lens of ethnicity and the medium of film. Call Allied Arts for tickets at 966-0930, or get them at the door.

Thank you to Film Committee members Maria Cuevas, Noé Gutiérrez, Margaret Luera, Shelli McDonald and Sally Rosales.

The 2010 Latino Cultural Film Series is made possible by support from Central Washington Progress, Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Triangle Auto Supply, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Canam Steel Corporation and Wine Country Events Catering.


March 4 Mi Familia (R, 128 min, 1995)

Spanning three generations, “My Family” is a fascinating account of one family’s struggle to stay together and survive East Los Angeles between the 1930’s and 1960’s. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, the film centers on a Mexican-American family who want to achieve the American dream. Executive producer Francis Ford Coppola aims to capture what it means to be Latino in Southern California. Q&A with Dr. Lauro Flores: “Caricatures, Mirrors, Self-Portraits: Chicano Film and Narrative.” Lauro is professor and chair of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington.

March 11 Amexicano (PG 13, 86 min, 2007)

Official Selection, 2007 Sonoma Valley Film Festival

Unable to find employment after losing his job, Italian-American Bruno takes a temporary construction and landscaping gig — and reluctantly ends up laboring alongside a group of illegal immigrants. But a growing respect for his diligent co-worker Ignacio gradually causes a shift in Bruno’s narrow-minded beliefs. Q&A TBA

March 18 Papers (documentary, 2009)

There are 2 million undocumented children who are educated in American schools, know only the U.S. as home and yet risk deportation to countries they may not even remember. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers” and the door to their future slams shut. Through personal narrative, and current information on the possibilities of congress’s DREAM Act, Papers tells the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.Q&A with Cecilia Martinez Vasquez: “The long road to citizenship: A personal narrative” Cecilia is the Program Manager of the Multicultural Center at Shoreline Community College. She earned her Masters of Science, School of Justice & Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, Tempe and was born in El Salvador and is a US citizen.

March 25 Sugar (R, 114 min, 2008)

Official Selection: 2008 Sundance Film Festival & 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. Sugar follows the story of Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. After he catches the eye of a scout, Sugar is recruited to play in the minor leagues in the Midwest, where he has difficultly adapting both on and off the field. As much a story about the promise of the American dream as it is about America’s national pastime, this film dramatizes the hard lessons learned when hope and reality clash.

For more info: http://www.alliedartsyakima.org/


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