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2008.08.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Film Streams and UNO’s OLLAS Announce ‘Cinemateca’ Schedule

Omaha - The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater have announced the lineup for their collaborative “Cinemateca” series (August 29 – October 2), the first in an ongoing partnership between the two groups.

The “Cinemateca” series will begin Friday, August 29, with ORFEU NEGRO (BLACK ORPHEUS), director Marcel Camus’ Oscar-winning adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus, and MUERTE DE UN CICLISTA (DEATH OF A CYCLIST), a mid-century thriller and oppositional film made during the Francoist regime in Spain.

Each week will bring two new films to Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, for a total of 10 films in five weeks. The series will feature weekly, post-show discussions led by OLLAS faculty members and special guests. The discussions will take place each Tuesday evening and focus on a particular film in the series.

The product of two years of planning between Film Streams and OLLAS, the “Cinemateca” series is intended to showcase a variety of films representing different countries, time periods, directors and genres, appealing to a broad and diverse audience.

The series is 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 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.

Week 1: Friday, August 29 – Thursday, September 4

Death of a Cyclist 1955
Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem.
A university professor and his bourgeois mistress accidentally run over a cyclist and abandon him in this oppositional film made during the Francoist regime in Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles; 87 min.

Black Orpheus 1959
Directed by Marcel Camus.
An Academy Award-winning adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in contemporary Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Brazil; 107 min.

Special Screening: ORFEU NEGRO (BLACK ORPHEUS), Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 p.m., with post-show discussion led by UNO History and OLLAS faculty member Maria Arbelaez and UNO Black Studies Chair Omowale Akintunde.

Week 2: Friday, September 5 – Thursday, September 11

Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo 1985
Directed by Susana Blaustein and Lourdes Portillo.
Oscar-nominated documentary about the mothers of Argentina’s desaparecidos, young activists taken prisoner by the country’s military regime between 1976–1983 and never seen again. In Spanish with English subtitles. Argentina; 64 min.

The Official Story 1985
Directed by Luis Puenzo.
A mother suspects that her adopted daughter’s birth parents may have been victims of Argentina’s “Dirty War” (1976-1983) in this Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Argentina; 112 min.

Special Screening: LA HISTORIA OFICIAL (THE OFFICIAL STORY), Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 p.m., with post-show discussion led by UNO Foreign Languages and OLLAS faculty member Claudia Garcia.

Week 3: Friday, September 12 – Thursday, September 18

Raise Ravens 1976
Directed by Carlos Saura.
Made during the last year of Franco’s life and rule in Spain, CRÍA CUERVOS blends fantasy, reality, and political allegory in the story of an 8-year-old girl mourning the death of her mother. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain; 107 min.

Under the Same Moon 2007
Directed by Patricia Riggen.
A touching story of love and family about a mother working illegally in the United States to support her 9-year- old son in Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mexico; 106 min.

Special Screening: LA MISMA LUNA (UNDER THE SAME MOON), Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m., with post-show discussion led by OLLAS Director and UNO Sociology and Anthropology faculty member Lourdes Gouveia and UNO English and OLLAS faculty member Ramon Guerra, and Kristin Fearnow from Justice For Our Neighbors.

Week 4: Friday, September 19 – Thursday, September 25

Raquel’s Shoe Shine Man 1957
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado.
The “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico,” Cantinflas stars in this treasured slapstick comedy about a shoeshine man left in charge of his best friend’s son. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mexico; 101 min.

Spirit of the Beehive 1973
Directed by Víctor Erice.
Haunted by a scene from FRANKENSTEIN (1931), a young girl drifts between the dream world of her imagination and the adult world of her surroundings in this lyrical, gorgeously shot masterpiece. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain; 97 min

Special Screening: EL ESPIRITU DE LA COLMENA, Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m., with post-show discussion led by UNO Foreign Languages and OLLAS faculty member Steve Torres.

Week 5: Friday, September 26 – Thursday, October 2

Maria, Full of Grace 2004
Directed by Joshua Marston.
A 17-year-old Colombian girl agrees to smuggle drugs into the United States in hopes of making a better life for herself. In Spanish with English subtitles. Colombia/USA; 101 min.

Lucía 1968
Directed by Humberto Solás.
Three periods in Cuban history (the turn-of-the century war of independence, the 1930s, and the 1960s) told through the experiences of three different women sharing the same name. In Spanish with English subtitles. Cuba; 160 min.

Special Screening: LUCÍA, Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m., with post-show discussion led by OLLAS Assistant Director and UNO Political Science faculty member Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and community member Octavio Sordo.

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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