OMAHA - Film Streams and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office on Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) are proud to announce Cinemateca 2014, their fourth biennial celebration of Latino, Latin-American and Spanish cinema beginning Friday, Aug. 29 and running through Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Dedicated as always to presenting great art that transcends borders, this year’s program is unique from previous installments in that all of the films are from the last several years, a sure sign of a brilliant and thriving scene, and most have documentary elements. The series will also include two director visits, including the first-ever international filmmaker visit to Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater.
Also unique this year is that the six films included in this year's series represent seven Spanish-seeking countries, including the United States, which has the fifth-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world at 38 million people.
The program includes two first-run films playing for a week each: the mostly fictional Mexican-American story STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (Aug. 29 - Sept. 4) and the deeply personal Brazilian film essay ELENA (Sept. 5 - Sept. 11). Director Mark Kendall will be in person for Q&A after his documentary LA CAMIONETA (Sept. 16), and Spanish director Oscar Clemente will journey to Omaha for KEEP ON ROLLING (Sept. 30). There will also be a one-night-only showing Argentinian music doc MERCEDES SOSA: THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA (Sept. 23). Also included in the series is a family-friendly selection, the delightful ANINA (Sept. 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18) from Uruguay.
Each Tuesday during the series, Film Streams and OLLAS will present a special 7 p.m. screenings with post-show discussions led by OLLAS faculty and special guests. On those nights, attendees will also have the opportunity to sample food from local restaurants. These sessions include:
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (Sept. 2)
Dixie Quicks will serve New York-inspired street food and a post-show discussion will be led by OLLAS director Lourdes Gouveia.
ELENA (Sept. 9)
OLLAS professor Eugenio Di Stefano will lead a post-film talk, and Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria will provide snacks.
LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS (Sept. 16)
Prior to the screening, Maria Bonita Mexican Cuisine will park their popular food truck outside the theater.
MERCEDES SOSA: THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA (Sept. 23)
The film will be complimented by authentic Argentinean empanadas made by a group of local Argentinians, a performance by musician Juan Carlos Veloso and a post-show talk led by OLLAS professor Claudia Garcia.
KEEP ON ROLLING (Sept. 30)
Former City of Omaha Planner Steve Jensen will join director Óscar Clemente to discuss local impacts of car culture. Tapas from Espana will be enjoyed before the film.
All films in the series will be presented at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, located at 1340 Mike Fahey Street. Tickets are $9 general, $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle, and $4.50 for Film Streams Members.
The series was curated by Film Streams in collaboration with OLLAS faculty and staff members Lourdes Gouveia, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Steven Torres, Eugenio Stefano, Claudia Lucero-Mead, Yuriko Doku, Clare Maakestad, Mariela Bahena, and Film Streams Board Member Betiana Simon.
Cinemateca 2014 is the fourth such series presented by Film Streams and OLLAS. The previous three Cinemateca series took place in September 2008, September 2010, and September 2012.
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