[act-ma] Radical Film Nights at Lucy Parsons Center in September: Independence Month? Mes de Independenica?

Corry Banton corryb8 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 1 05:59:20 PDT 2009

Lucy Parsons Center Radical Film Nights Present
Mes de Independencia? Independence Month?:
A Critical Look at U.S. intervention in Central America Past & Present
Wednesdays in September 2009
7:30pm FREE
549 Colombus Ave. Boston
Sept. 2nd El Norte (1983)140 mins.
Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and undocumented immigrants.
Sept. 9th Panama Deception (1993) 91minutes
Filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper explain the untold truths behind the United States' 1989 invasion of Panama in this hard-hitting documentary that illuminates the complex relationship between Gen. Manuel Noriega and the U.S. government. Juxtaposing interviews with experts and eyewitnesses with historical media reports, the film shows how the press helped win the American public's approval despite widespread condemnation abroad.
Sept. 16th Salvadoran Initiative for Education and Culture (ISEDUC) Presents film & discussion. 
Sept. 23rd Boston Interpreters Collective presents ‘Sin Nombre’.
Sin Nombre tells the story of Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a teenager living in Honduras.  She decides to emigrat to the U.S. with her father through Mexico. Meanwhile, Casper is a teenager living in Tapachula, Mexico, and facing an uncertain future. A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang brotherhood, he has just brought to the Mara a new recruit, 12-year-old Smiley. Sayra and Casper meet on a train one violent night and the story follows their dangerous crossing and unlikely alliance.
Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente will lead a discussion about the current situation in Honduras after the film.
Sept. 30th El Silencio de Neto/ The Silence of Neto (1994)
A film of great dramatic power and stunning visual beauty, "The Silence of Neto" is the first internationally acclaimed, award winning film produced entirely in Guatemala for the international market. Mixing magic-realism with historical events, and filmed in the colonial city of Antigua, "The Silence of Neto" tells the politically-charged story of a young boy striving to follow his dreams while his country struggles to preserve democracy amidst CIA cold war propaganda. Through the eyes of young Neto, we are given an authentic insider's look at the diverse people of Guatemala and the historical events that have shaped their destiny.

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