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Latin American film series starts shows this week

— The Spanish department is hosting a Latin American and Spanish Film Series on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the General Classroom building, room 107. The festival admission is free.

The film series will showcase four films from countries such as Brazil, Spain and Mexico. The films are The Motorcycle Diaries, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frida and Volver.

Jim Gustafson, assistant professor of Spanish said the department of foreign languages and philosophy picked the films because they were modern movies that had gained many awards.

“We wanted to have a mixture of films that in the last few years had won international awards and touched on different themes,” he said.

This is the second year the Latin American and Spanish Film Series has been held at SUU. The Film Series was first held Spring 2011 and featured several documentaries from all over the Spanish-speaking world.

Gustafson said the department had tried to get a film series started for several years, but had hit many roadblocks along the way. They were finally able to pull everything together to put on the event.

When asked what he hoped the film series would accomplish, Gustafson said, “We hope that a lot of people attend the films and learn more about Latin American and Spanish cultures.”

The first film that will be shown is The Motorcycle Diaries. It is a story based on the diaries of a young Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, written during a road trip with one of his close friends.

The movie has won many awards around the world, including an Oscar for Best Original Song and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The department hopes students and the general public will attend.

“All [movies] have English subtitles, so anyone is welcome to come to watch,” Gustafson said.

The movie will be shown in General Classroom building, room 107 on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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