Friday, August 19, 2016

SUA Community Cinema, the Language and Cultural Program and Community Relations at SUA presents

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
7:00- 8:30 p.m. Pauling 216

Q&A with Professor and protagonist of Inner Borderlines Alejandro Morales (University of California, Irvine).


INNER BORDERLINES: VISIONS OF AMERICA THROUGH THE EYES OF ALEJANDRO MORALES

(72 min, English and Spanish, dir. Luis Mancha)


Inner Borderlines follows Alejandro Morales around Southern California as he explores a variety of topics that concern the Chicano/Latino community including: history, immigration, race relations, ethnicity, family, labor, education, religion, memory, gender, power, border, borderlands, and the fantastic.

Recognized by many as a pioneer of Chicano literature and precursor of bilingualism-he writes in Spanish and English-, Morales presents a unique vision of America, different from the image that the United States projects abroad.





Morales has authored several historical biographies in which he tells the fictional story of a character’s life using historical personages and events, bringing together his love for both history and writing. His works are examples of Miguel de Unamuno’s idea of Intra History, writing about the significance of the lives of ordinary people; of Linda Hutcheon’s theory of Historiographic Metafiction, the practice of writing aware of theory, history and fiction as strategies to rethink and reevaluate the past; and Irving Stone’s practice of writing biographical novels.
He considers that the sites between epistemological discourses have coalesced and are continuously intersecting. In reference to any one of his books Morales says “If you read my books like works of history, you are reading fiction; if you read my books like works of fiction, you are reading history.” He believes that creative, imaginative works are equal in importance as empirical works, perhaps even more important as catalysts for inquiry and change.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SUA Community Cinema presents:

Tuesday October 4th, 2016 
7:00- 8:30 Pauling 216


Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories

(30 min, Spanish with English subs, dir. Santos and Hosek) 

Q&A with Professor and director Jennifer Hosek



When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba pedaled its way to independence--by bicycle. What has become of Havana's sole-powered communities born out of the need to move without petrol? Many city inhabitants live, love or hate the bicycle these days. However, unlike in the toughest part of the Special Period, they struggle with difficulties like expensive spare parts and inadequate public infrastructure. This documentary by Jaime Santos Menéndez and Jennifer Ruth Hosek takes us into the diverse and yet similar lives of five Havana cyclists. Guided by a Virgilesque, street-wise mechanic, it maps the city and relates a unique people's history begun in the nineties past of the Chinese Forever bicycle. Rodando's bicycle-level vision reveals a lot about Cuba's present and future.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Indie Lens Pop-Up and SUA Community Cinema Presents:

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
7:00-8:30 p.m. Pauling 216


MEET THE PATELS
Directed by Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel

MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.
Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.