Esperanza Center hosts CineMujer, a film festival that sjhowcases several indie films.
The event is scheduled March 26-28 at the center.
Music/Arts - Opening
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm
- End Time: Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 5 pm
Location: 922 San Pedro Ave. at Evergreen, San Antonio, TX
Friday, March 26 | $5 Donation
Made in L.A.
Dir. Almudena Carracedo,
70 min., USA, 2008,
Co-presented by Fuerza Unida
Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman's life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.
La Nana/The Maid
Dir. Sebastian Silva
94 min., Chile, 2009
Spanish w/ English Subtitles
After 23 years of service to the Valdes family, Raquel is comfortable ensconced in a vague existence between maid and her illusion that she is a family member. In his remarkably astute second feature, Silva questions, without bias, a dusty remnant of class division - the common, Latin American, aristocratic tradition of serfdom. Within this complex dynamic, we are privy to the inner working of a well-intentioned family's relationship with their servant - however endearingly the word is used. Silva's hungry curiosity to examine the intersection of social and personal forces produces a painful, yet satisfying, comedic dram that shakes up and humanizes an insidious system.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 | $5 Donation
Dir. Irena Salina, 84 min. USA,
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the questions 'Can anyone really own water?' Flow also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Dir. Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker
72 min., USA, 2008,
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war. The women's historic yet unsung achievement finds voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.
Sin by Silence
Dir. Olivia Klause, 49 min., USA,
2009, English | Co-presented by
the P.E.A.C.E Initiative
Sin by Silence offers a unique gateway into the lives of women who are domestic violence's living worst-case scenarios - women who have killed their abusers. While most of the women in Sin by Silence may remain in prison for the remainder of their lives, these women are committed to helping others understand the reality of domestic violence. Through their stories of terror and hope, we an begin to understand the cycle of violence, the signs of an abuser & how each and every one of us in responsible for changing the tragedy of domestic violence.
*FILM SCREENINGS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PLÁTICA*
Sunday, March 28 3-5pm | Free
Telling Lives: Tejana Narratives a plática featuring authors Emma Perez & Maria Cotera
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