Events


NOV
30
Date:
Thursday, 30 Nov 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location:
Studio 60
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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An opportunity for the new voices in the MSU Department of Theatre to shine. José Rivera's collection of short, fantastical "children's plays for adults" is infused with magical realism and metaphor that explores diverse perspectives and divergent realities. Mr. Rivera will be in residence at MSU in Spring 2018.

After this performance there will be a conversation with the director Dionne O'Dell.

Other performances are:

Dec. 1 -- 8:00 pm

Dec. 2 -- 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Dec. 3 - 2:00 pm with pre-performance discussion at 1:30

FEB
1
Date:
Thursday, 01 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Main Library - Green Room (4 West)
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother dissects with both impeccable precision and humor such matters as class differences and family. The film centers around Val, a hard- working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val (stunning performed by Regina Casé) is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers' needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val's estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

 
Date:
Thursday, 01 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU RCAH Theater Snyder Phillips Hall
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

With a promotion in the offing and his beautiful wife Nena at his side, things couldn't be better for ambitious policeman Hector Mariscal. Before he can enjoy the good life, though, a final, top-secret assignment must be carried out: to transport-by rail-a highly toxic cargo across Bolivia's high desert backcountry and "dispose" of it in a remote indigenous village. With kindly engineer Klinger guiding his beloved steam locomotive Federica, and presented with a crew of hapless cops and an unexpected young stowaway, Mariscal finds that there's much more on the line than he imagined in this sharp, energetic satire

Spanish with English subtitles

FEB
2
Date:
Friday, 02 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU RCAH Theater Snyder Phillips Hall
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English Subtitles

A group of forensic anthropologists digs up the corpses of eight people who disappeared without a trace 20 years ago during a violent political period in Perú. Among them, they find a ninth unidentified corpse. The only thing that can lead to the identity of the man is the vague photo of a smiling girl found in his shirt's pocket.

Fidel, a thoughtful investigator fascinated by the case, struggles to maintain a scientific approach to his work when a lonely widow shows up convinced this NN (Non Nomine) is her disappeared husband. Should he conduct a thorough investigation that may leave the widow's plea unanswered or grant her the closure she has been searching for decades?

Date:
Friday, 02 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU RCAH Theater (Snyder Phillips Hall)
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English subtitles

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer. As the opportunity approaches to have his photo taken for the new school year, that ache turns into a fiery longing. Junior's mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), is barely hanging on. The father of her children has died, she recently lost her job as a security guard, and she now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother.
 

FEB
3
Date:
Saturday, 03 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
The Robin Theatre
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English Subtitles

A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempestnarrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict México. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance.

On a normal day on her way to work, Miriam is arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. While the government reports that a criminal gang has been rounded up, in reality a group of innocent Mexicans has fallen victim to the vagaries of a corrupt system. After her detention, she is handed over to a private prison controlled by the Organized Crime, where she is forced to pay a monthly fee to remain alive.

Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed; every night during the show, she evokes her missing daughter, Monica. Tempest has screened at more than 60 film festivals worldwide, collecting awards in Berlin, Lima, Havana, Madrid, Cork, and many others.
 

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

Date:
Saturday, 03 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
The Robin Theatre
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it. The Rio Grande Valley has been called a flashpoint for the creation of Mexican-American Culture in the United States. Roughly 230 miles south of San Antonio, the river delta known as The Valley is a network of cities and roads that sits at the southernmost border between the United States and Mexico. Combining over 100 hours of interviews as well as never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, this documentary tracks the musical evolution of a region that has forged its own unique identity between two countries.

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

FEB
4
Date:
Sunday, 04 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Studio C! Meridian Mall Okemos
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English subtitles

 


Gabriel is a promising attorney whose life is turned upside down when he receives a phone call from the police. A sect has committed mass suicide in the Canary Islands and his sister Cordelia was one of the followers. Her cadaver is yet to be found. Gabriel hasn't seen his younger sibling in years: something happened between them and their lives went in opposite directions.

Gabriel departs immediately for the islands to find out what's happening and to help with the investigation. There he meets Cordelia's feisty friend Helena, full of raw emotions. They both share their desire to find Cordelia, alive.

Gabriel quickly discovers that Heidi Meyer, a magnetic woman with dark origins, seduced his sister into "The Community." Cordelia found refuge in the sect, where she was able to work through the wounds of the past, only to become a witness—and an accomplice—to strange events that preceded a tragic ending.

As Gabriel dives deeper into the mysteries of the sect, he begins to question the truth about his life. He quickly realizes that finding his sister is the only way to save himself.
 

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

MAR
14
Date:
Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
3rd Floor International Center
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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Founder and Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS), Argentina
Nieves Tapia is founder and director of CLAYSS, an NGO based in Buenos Aires. From 1997 to
2010 she organized and directed the Argentina Ministry of Education's first national servicelearning
programs. She was a founding board member of the International Association for
Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and co-founded the Iberican-
American Service-learning Network in 2005.
Tapia has offered lectures, courses, and technical assistance in Latin America and around the
world. She was honored as Argentina's Young Person of the Year in 1985 for her leadership in
youth organizations during Argentina's transition to democracy, as an Eisenhower Fellow
in 1988, and as a National Service Fellow in 1993. She received the National Youth
Leadership Council's Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award in 2001.
After graduating in 1978, she was ancient history adjunct professor at the Catholic
University in Buenos Aires. She currently directs the service-learning seminar at
the Latin American Social Sciences School in Buenos Aires.
Tapia has published numerous books and articles on service-learning in Spanish,
English, and Italian, most recently El compromiso social como pedagogía:
Aprendizaje y solidaridad en la escuela, (2015, CELAM).

MAR
25
Date:
Sunday, 25 Mar 2018
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Cook Recital Hall Music Building
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music. Projeto Arcomusical formed in 2013 specifically to interpret MeiaMeia, the collaborative composition cycle co-composed by ensemble members Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb.

Greg Beyer with members of Arcomusical Ensemble of Brazilian berimbau from Northern Illinois University.