The Millersville University community will now have access to never-before-seen Spanish films. MU received a grant that will fund a new Spanish Film Club on campus.
“I think this will be a fun and interesting way for our students who want more exposure to Spanish to get that experience, but it is also a great cultural resource both for film lovers and lovers of things Spanish and Hispanic,” said Dr. Ana Börger-Greco, associate professor of Spanish at MU.
The Spanish Film Club offers grants twice a year that will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of the festival to high schools and universities. Schools must show a minimum of five films within an eight-week period. East Stroudsburg University and West Chester University also received grants for their Spanish film clubs for the upcoming semester.
Millersville University will be showing six Spanish films. The films will be shown in Meyers Auditorium in McComsey Hall. Additional showings at the Ware Center may be added. The schedule for the fall 2015 semester is as follows:
“El libertador” (2014) – A biopic of one of Latin America’s greatest figures, Simón Bolívar. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
“Chico y Rita” (2012) – An animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
“Con la pata quebrada” (2014) – Chronicles how Spanish cinema has portrayed the evolution of women from the 1930s to the present day, using film fragments from 180 movies. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
“Las analfabetas” (2013) – A film about the painful efforts of a middle-aged woman learning how to read. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
“Bajarí” (2013) – A film about the Gypsies and Flamenco. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
“¿Qué culpa tiene el tomate?” (2011) – 7 filmmakers “capture the conditions and cultural diversity of popular produce markets in their individual countries.” Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. (Meyers Auditorium, McComsey Hall).
All showings are free and open to the public. The films will be in Spanish but will have English subtitles. Following each film, there will be a Q&A session led by a faculty member or member of the community about the film.
The Spanish Film Club series is made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN Arts and Culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, as well as Millersville University and the Rosario Caminero Latino Celebration. For more information about the Spanish Film Club, please visit www.spanishfilmclub.com.