Latin American Studies News & Events


Gender, Sexuality, and Desire in Recent Films from Spain and Latin America

Sponsored by Latin American and Latino/a Studies, the Center for Student Diversity, the College of Liberal Arts, the Foreign Languages Department

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities

Hispanic Awareness Month Poster


Name of Film: Chico y Rita

Time: Thursday, September 13, 6:30 pm

Location: CLA 3110

Brief Description: Chico y Rita is an animated feature-length film set against the backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Paris in the 1940s and 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams and Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey—in the tradition of the bolero—brings heartache and torment.

Name of Film: El Niño Pez

Time: Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 pm

Location: CLA 2310

Brief Description: El Niño Pez, filmed in Buenos Aires and Paraguay, tells the love story of Lala and her maid Ailín. Their passionate and desperate romantic relationship highlights the intricacies of loving someone from an extremely different social background. Unable to find a place for their love in the classist world they live in, they are pushed to the extreme. This supernatural tale incorporates melodrama and fantasy. 

 Name of Film: Lope

Time: Thursday, September 27, 6:30 pm

Location: CLA 3110

Brief Description:  Set during Spain’s early Golden Age of theatre, Lope looks at the life of Lope de Vega. One of Spain’s most popular playwrights during the late sixteenth/early seventeenth century, Lope was also a prolific poet. In this entertaining and romantic look at his struggles to establish himself, we encounter a man ruled by his passions and eviscerating wit.

Name of Film: A Contracorriente

Time: Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 pm 

Location: CLA 2310

Brief Description:  A Contracorriente is an unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside where a fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within the town’s rigid and hetero-normative traditions.


Name of Film: La Yuma

Time: Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Location: CLA 3110

Brief Description: La Yuma is the first full-length fiction film to emerge from Nicaragua in the past two decades. Yuma, a strong-willed and rebellious young woman, dreams of being a boxer as she struggles to escape the barrios of Managua.


Name of Event: Las Krudas: To Be Lesbian, Feminist, and Hip-Hop in Cuba!

Time: Wednesday, September 12, 12 to 1:30 pm

Location: Freedom Square (Rain location ***)

Brief Description of Event:

Hip-hop music arrived in Cuba via radio and television broadcasts from Miami. During the 1980s, hip-hop culture in Cuba was mainly centered around break-dancing. By the 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the onset of the “Special Period,” young “raperos” were seeking ways to express their frustrations. Las Krudas is a Cuban hip-hop duo featuring performing artists Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes. Their feminist perspective challenges machismo and celebrates the power and beauty of women of color.


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