Anina

Anina

In the Wealthy Theatre Micro-cinema. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Appropriate for all ages.

80 min.

Uruguay, 2013

Directed by Alfredo Soderguit

In Spanish with English subtitles

Anina Yatay Salas is a ten-year-old whose name spells trouble: those three palindromes in a row are an ongoing source of teasing at school. When a playground fight results in mysterious punishment, Anina will learn to put her problems in perspective and empathize with others in this sweet little daydream of a tale. (www.filmaffinity.com)

“The Fabulous Johnny Frog” – Live puppet show (in English)

”The Fabulous Johnny Frog” – Live puppet show (in English)

In the Wealthy Theatre Micro-cinema. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Heroic. Brilliant. Tenacious. Johnny Frog is none of these things. Tossed around in a world of calamities and contradictions the hapless Johnny Frog is a simple man, some would say a cowardly man, hungrier for a sandwich than for adventure. Bouncing from imaginary food diseases to mistaken swordfights to claims he is pregnant (is that even possible?), most of the time he has no idea what’s going on around him. This entertaining and educational presentation uses innovative shadow puppetry to introduce young audiences to seventeenth century Spanish theatre and a play format known as the entremés, featuring Spain’s most celebrated stage buffoon, Juan Rana: the Fabulous Johnny Frog! Written by GVSU Prof. Jason Yancey. Performance in English with some Spanish.

Live puppet shows (in Spanish)

Live puppet shows (in Spanish)

In the Wealthy Theatre Micro-cinema. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Since 2010, students studying Spanish at Grand Valley State University, under the direction of Prof. Jason Yancey, have produced original puppet shows, creating everything from the story and script to the puppets and props, and then taken their plays to elementary school audiences throughout the Grand Rapids area. This lively collaboration offers students an intense language learning experience unlike any other, where academic skills have a direct impact in the real world. More than just a community oriented theatre project, it is a celebration of Spanish language and cultures serving actors and audiences alike.

The Distinguished Citizen

The Distinguished Citizen

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

118 min.

Argentina, 2016

Directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn

In Spanish with English subtitles

After refusing awards and speaking engagements all over the world, Daniel Mantovani, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown of Salas, Argentina, which provided the inspiration for his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worst idea of his life. Expect the unexpected when you have used real people as characters in your novels. (www.filmaffinity.com)

Tempest

Tempest

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

105 min.

Mexico, 2016

Directed by Tatiana Huezo

In Spanish with English subtitles

Tempest is the parallel journey of two women. One morning Miriam is arrested at her workplace and is unjustly accused of “human trafficking”. The violence she experienced during her imprisonment has left a profound gap in her life. Adela works as a clown in a travelling circus. Ten years ago, her daughter Monica went missing and every night during the show, Adela recalls that tragedy. Through their stories we see the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico, and the women’s voices draws us into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity and resistance.  (www.filmaffinity.com)

Don’t Call Me Son

Don’t Call Me Son

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

82 min.

Brazil, 2016

Directed by Anna Muylaert

In Portuguese with English subtitles

A young man is stunned to discover that he was kidnapped as a child by the woman he’s called mother his entire life. Pierre (whose real name is Felipe), is left to deal with the consequences of her actions and finally meet his biological family. (www.filmaffinity.com)

The Family

The Family

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

82 min.

Venezuela, 2017

Directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova

In Spanish with English subtitles

Andrés and his 12 year old son Pedro live in a blue-collar violent neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas but hardly see each other. One day Andrés comes home and finds out that Pedro has gotten himself in serious trouble after hurting a boy in a fight. They must flee their home to stay alive and the experience draws father and son together in a way neither of them anticipated. (www.filmaffinity.com)

El Amparo

El Amparo

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

101 min.

Venezuela, 2016

Directed by Rober Calzadilla

In Spanish with English subtitles

In the town of El Amparo, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their companions were killed. Although they claimed to be fishermen, the Venezuelan army accused them of being guerrilla fighters, intimidating them in every possible way and even attempting to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit to the official version was overwhelming.

Guaraní

Guaraní

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

85 min.

Paraguay/Argentina, 2016

Directed by Luis Zarroquín

In Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles

A heartfelt story, Guaraní follows fisherman Atilio as he travels with his granddaughter Iara to Buenos Aires. Atilio’s greatest desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guaraní culture. When he discovers that Iara’s mother, Helena, is pregnant, he decides to go on a long journey and cross borders, hoping to convince Helena to give birth in the Guarani land…The long journey will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.

Neruda

Neruda

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

107 min.

Chile, 2016

Directed by Pablo Larraín

In Spanish with English subtitles

Popular poet and Communist Senator Pablo Neruda opposes the administration of President Gabriel González Videla and denounces his brutal anti-communist repression in a speech in the National Congress in 1948. Threatened with arrest by the detective Oscar Peluchonneau, he goes underground with his wife. Refusing to live the life of a fugitive, Neruda begins writing “Canto general” and becomes a symbol of freedom and a legendary figure. (www.filmaffinity.com)

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days

Appropriate for all ages.

78 min.

Colombia, 2016

Directed by Catalina Mesa

In Spanish with English subtitles

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days is a kaleidoscopic series of portraits of women living in the Colombian community of Jericó. This delicate and musical journey weaves together the everyday encounters and conversations of women of different ages and backgrounds, revealing their personal stories, inner lives, wisdom, and sense of humour. The documentary presents an intimate, feminine view of the region, celebrating and preserving the authenticity of the female spirit in Antioquian culture, a small slice of Colombia’s deliciously diverse intangible cultural heritage.

 

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