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2008.06.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS, Film Streams Announce ‘Cinemateca’ Partnership

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Film Streams will bring some of the best Latino, Latin American and Spanish films ever made to the Omaha area later this year.

The partnership will have its official launch in late August with the 10-film “Cinemateca” series (Aug. 29 – Oct. 2), the first in an ongoing collaboration between Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit cinema at 14th and Webster Streets, and OLLAS.

The “Cinemateca” series is the product of more than two years of planning between the two groups, and will feature a variety of films representing different countries, time periods, directors and genres, appealing to a broad and diverse audience. The series will also include weekly discussions about select films in the series, led by OLLAS faculty members, Latin American representatives and special guests.

“The ‘Cinemateca’ series represents a significant effort to promote cultural cosmopolitanism in Omaha,” said Steven L. Torres, OLLAS faculty member and “Cinemateca” series co-chair. “It provides a rare opportunity for individuals to reach beyond their own culture of origin and become more globally, socially and aesthetically aware.”

The 10 films selected for the initial “Cinemateca” series will be announced later this summer. The collaborative series is being curated by Film Streams and OLLAS faculty members Lourdes Gouveia, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Maria Villamil, Steven L. Torres, Maria Arbelaez, Michael Carroll and Alejandra Toledo.

The “Cinemateca” series is generously sponsored by Sam Walker and Elizabeth Emlen Walker. Partial funding for OLLAS’ work on the series was provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

OLLAS is a transnational center established in 2003 for the purpose of pursuing research, teaching and community engagment aimed at increasing understanding about Latino and Latin American populations and societies. Visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ for more information about OLLAS.

Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. For more information on Film Streams visit www.filmstreams.org or call (402) 933-0259.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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