Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Understanding Caribbean, Latin Cultures Purpose of Texas A&M-Kingsville Film Forum Nov. 14-15, 19

KINGSVILLE - November 12, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

First Intercollegiate Gulf-Caribbean Film Forum free for public and campus community

A series of acclaimed movies showing some of the many facets of Caribbean and Latin American life will be screened free for the public at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Nov. 14-15 and 19.

The First Intercollegiate Gulf-Caribbean Film Forum presents a variety of documentary and fiction films from the Caribbean and Latin America as a visual gateway to alternative perspectives and views about our global community. 

The event was organized as a joint student-faculty activity of the cooperative Hispanic Ph.D. studies program, and the master’s program in Spanish at A&M-Kingsville.

According to faculty organizer Dr. Roberto Vela Córdova, assistant professor of language and literature, “All these films move powerfully between the tragedies of marginalized communities forced into economic, social and military violence and the hopes and alternatives people build as they struggle to reclaim their human dignity through tenderness and survival.”

The films to be shown include Zapatista and A Place Called Chiapas, two documentaries of the Zapatista movement in Mexico; Life and Debt, a documentary chronicling the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture; and City of God, a Brazilian film retelling the true story of a young man dreaming of becoming a photographer in a brutal Rio de Janeiro slum.

All screenings will take place in the Blue Room of Fore Hall, on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Parking is available behind the building on 905 W. Engineering Avenue.

The complete schedule for the First Intercollegiate Gulf-Caribbean Film Forum is as follows:

Zapatista & A Place Called Chiapas
Wednesday, Nov. 14
4 p.m. 
Fore Hall 100, Blue Room
Presented by Marco Íñiguez Alba and Martha Montes

Life and Debt
Thursday, Nov. 15
6 p.m.
Fore Hall 112, Spanish Media Lab
Presented by Jorge Padilla and Elda Ayala

City of God
Monday, Nov. 19
6 p.m.
Fore Hall 100, Blue Room
Presented by Cecilia Solis and Micaela Flores

Doctoral students at Texas A&M University also will screen movies on their campus.  For information on those showings, contact Vela Córdova at kfrjv00@tamuk.edu.

The cooperative Hispanic Ph.D. studies program is a collaborative effort among the Texas A&M University System campuses of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M International University.

Students take courses with faculty at their campus, and with faculty at the other program institutions via the Trans Texas Videoconference Network. The final degree is conferred by Texas A&M University.

For more information on the doctoral program, please contact Dr. Michelle Johnson Vela, associate professor in language and literature, at kfmrj00@tamuk.edu.

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