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INEC Latino Movie Club

On May 2008: The Institute presented the Movie Club

On May 30, 2008, the INEC Caribbean and Latin American Institute inaugurated the INEC Movie Club with the presentation of the acclaimed movie, Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the novel of the same name by Colombian writer and Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Gabriel García Márquez; the film was directed by Mike Newell. In this film, set at the end of the Nineteenth century and the beginning of the Twentieth, times of hardship and civil wars mix with a cholera epidemic, and as a result, two illnesses—love and cholera—become confused.

The film won a Golden Globe Award, and several actors of Latino origin participated in it, including three nominated for Oscars in several films: Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, Colombian Catalina Sandino Moreno, and the protagonist, Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor who won a Goya Award, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar in 2008.

The showing was held at 3960 166th Street, in the Columbia University Health Sciences Division. The activity concluded with a discussion about the novel and movie.


The Bronx Hispanic Festival

The INEC Caribbean and Latin American Institute served as one of the organizers of the 2008 Bronx Hispanic Festival, held during the month of October 2008.

The Institute presented a Latino cinematographic series within the framework of the Festival, showing several films and documentaries by producers of Latino origin, or with prominent participation by actors of Latino origin. Films based on recognized literary works by Latin American authors were specifically included.

The series was held on October 16, 17 and 25, in the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (234 E. 149th Street, Bronx). Films shown included: Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the novel of the same name by Colombian author and Nobel Prize for Literature winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez; and Like Water for Chocolate, based on the novel of the same name by Mexican author Laura Esquivel, the best-selling novel in Mexico in the last twenty years.

The series also included the star presentation of short films Camino Real and La pulpería, based on two short stories by the famous Dominican storyteller, Juan Bosch, about rural life in Latin American countries. Suárez, who is also an actor in both shorts, adapted these captivating stories for screenplay.

Producer and Director Fermín Suárez was in attendance at the showings, and he participated in a friendly exchange with participants. Suárez has been part of the Repertorio Español, Teatro la Tea, Teatro Thalia, Teatro Círculo, Teatro Retablo, Teatro Andante Puertorriqueño; he has also been nominated for the ACE Award, and won that award on several occasions.

Also in attendance was Néstor Montilla, who also spoke with participants about his work Dominican Identity and Migration to la Hispaniola. Montilla is a member of the National Board of Directors of the DANR and director of Public Relations for Hostos Community College.

All of these activities formed part of the INEC Movie Club.

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