3rd Gustavus Latino FilmFest - Ixcanul [Volcano]March 6, 2017 at 79:30 p.m.

Time: March 6, 2017 at 79:30 p.m.

2013, 2015... And 2017: the Gustavus Latino Film Festival is back! This year, the films we have selected feature a common topic: life on the edge"in many different senses.

All five screenings are free and open to the public, and will take place at Wallenberg Auditorium on Mondays at 7pm. See attached flyer for all dates and more information, and tell everyone you see, both on and off campus!

For our second week, we are screening Guatemalan film Ixcanul [Volcano] (Jayro Bustamante, 2015). Here is a brief synopsis from the Spanish Film Club website:

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.

Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala.

An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the plantation overseer. But Maria doesn't sit back and accept her destiny.

Pepe, a young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the USA becomes her possible way out. Maria seduces Pepe in order to run away with him, but after promises and clandestine meetings, Pepe takes off, leaving her pregnant, alone and in disgrace. There's no time to lose for Maria's mother, who thinks abortion is the only solution. Yet despite her mother's ancestral knowledge, the baby remains, "destined to live. e/strong>

But destiny has more in store for Maria: a snakebite forces them to leave immediately in search of a hospital. The modern world Maria has so dreamt about will save her life, but at what price?

Join us! There'll be popcorn as well!

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