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Bending Borders | riverrun Global Film Series: Mexican Cinema and Culture

These days, discussions involving borders often times revolve around the building of walls. Coming up in October, the riverrun Global Film Series will be dedicating two days of film program to Mexican Cinema and Culture. By doing this, the hope is to open up dialogues between the WNY community and institutions of higher education, thus breaking down walls in WNY, that will then ripple outwards throughout the country, and the world.

The film selections have been made possible thanks to the efforts of Patrick Martin (Director), Professor Tanya Shilina-Conte (Series Curator – UB English), and Assistant Directors Jake Sanders, Jocelyn E. Marshal, and Brent Cox (UB English), with support from the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the UB Department of English, the UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, James Agee (Chair in American Culture), and SUNY Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson.

Throughout the film program, Mexican-inspired cuisine will be available at the Burchfield Café.

Further information about the riverrun Global Film Series at: | Also see Facebook event

Bending Borders

Date: October 10-12, 2018

Burchfield Penney Art Center 

1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York

Free admission made possible this year by riverrun and the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Wednesday, October 10

Poetic Mode: Border Experimentations
4-5:50 pm

El Mar La Mar, Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki, 2017 (1 hr 35 mins) Introduced by: Ekrem Serdar, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

Restored Classics Night I

Time to Die (Tiempo De Morir), Arturo Ripstein, 1966 (1hr 30 mins). Screenplay by Gabriel García Márquez and Fuentes. Restoration Company: Alameda Films.
Introduced by: Bruce Jackson, Buffalo Film Seminars/SUNY Distinguished Professor & James Agee Professor of American Culture, English, UB

LGBTQ Films/Women Filmmakers

Smuack, Alejandra Sánchez, 2015 (24 mins)
Casa Roshell, Camila José Donoso, 2017 (1hr 11 mins) 
Introduced by: Ana Grujic, Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project

Thursday, October 11

Observational Mode: Mexico and Minors (dedicated to the children separated from their parents on the US-Mexico border)
4-5:45 pm

The Inheritors (Los Herederos), Eugenio Polgovsky, 2008 (1 hr 30 mins). In memory of Eugenio Polgovsky. 
Introduced by: Meg Knowles, Television and Film Arts, SUNY Buffalo State

Keynote Lecture
6:30pm – 7:30 pm

“Mexico’s Contemporary Bi-national Cinema: from Migrations to Co-productions” Ignacio Sánchez Prado, 
Washington University in St. Louis

Restored Classics Night II
7:45pm -9:30 pm

Two Monks (Dos Monjes), Juan Bustillo Oro, 1934 (1 hr 25 mins). Restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. Introduced by: Margarita Vargas, Romance Languages and Literatures, UB

Friday, October 12

October M&T Bank Second Friday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Buñuel in Mexico
2:00-3:50 pm

A Mexican Buñuel, Emilio Maillé, 1995 (55 mins). Courtesy of Emilio Maillé. Simon of the Desert (Simón del desierto), Luis Buñuel, 1965 (45 mins) 
Introduced by: Elizabeth Scarlett, Romance Languages and Literatures, UB

Risky Territories
4-5:30 pm

Devil’s Freedom (La Libertad Del Diablo), Ernesto Gonzales, 2017 (1 hr 15 mins). Introduced by: Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Washington University in St.

Happy Hour 5:30pm – 7:00pm Music by La Marimba. Cash Bar. 

Coco Hour (Studio Classroom) 5:30-7:30pm 
Día de Muertos Arts and Crafts Workshop for Children and Adults. Run by: Mara Odette Guerrero, Casa De Arte

Book Reading for Children 
(Collection Study) 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm Coco Book (2017), Disney/Pixar. Living in Mexico (2016), Chloe Perkins. Off We Go to Mexico (2008), Laurie Krebs. Readers: Rebekah White and Daniel Perlino, UB English 

Documenting/Animating the Border and Other Stories: Shorts
7:00pm – 8:50pm

Ties, Not Walls (Lazos, No Muros), LuisPa Salmón, 2017 (1 min); Creativity Does Not Recognize Borders (La creatividad no reconoce muros), Fernando Campos, 2017 (2 mins); Endogamy (Endogamia, 2017), Arnold Abadie (2 mins); Best of Luck with the Wall, Josh Begley, 2016 (7 mins); Love, Our Prison, Carolina Corral, 2016 (6 mins); The Good Mother (La Madre Buena), Sarah Clift, 2017 (6 mins); Symphony of a Sad Sea (Sinfonía de un mar triste), Carlos Morales, 2017 (11 min); Birth on the Border, Ellie Lobovitz, 2017 (27 mins); Artemio, Sandra Luz López Barroso, 2017 (48 mins).

Borders/Immigration Panel + Mexican Poetry
9:00pm – 10:00 pm

Facilitator: Richard Reitsma, Canisius College
Participants: Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Washington University in St. Louis; Abigail Cooke, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo; Irene Rekhviashvili, Journey’s End Refugee Services; Jennifer Connor, Justice for Migrant Families; Alyssa Erazo, ECBA Volunteer Lawyers, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project; Monica Wrobel, Canisius College/“Latinitas” Project; Mara Odette Guerrero, Casa De Arte, Secil Ertorer, Canisius College



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