Un festival de película enriches Hispanic Heritage Month

“Sin dejar huella” (“Without a Trace”) starts off the Spanish and Latin American Film Series on Sept. 21, just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The film follows two women who meet while on the run — one from a bad relationship, the other from a corrupt cop — and become friends.

While some Spanish majors and native Spanish speakers attend the film series, the films are played in Spanish with English subtitles, according to Spanish assistant professor Caryn Connelly, so all audience members may enjoy it.

“It’s a good way to learn Spanish,” said sophomore pre-med student Brandon Warrick.

Junior biology major Justin Bernard said that he has watched some movies in Spanish and enjoyed them in his free time. Bernard, who is currently taking Elementary Spanish II, thought the series sounded like something he might appreciate.

The film series, previously the Latin American Film Series, was created in 2010 by Connelly, who also teaches world cinema classes. Assistant Spanish professor Kajsa Larson, joined Connelly in organizing the series this semester.

The series features three films each semester, with a group discussion following each film. According to Connelly some of the topics that come up in the discussions revolve around how viewers are impacted by the film and what they found intriguing or confusing about the film.

“I try to keep it less academic, even though we’re in an academic setting,” Connelly said. “I want them to find it an enjoyable experience that opens their minds to things they may not have thought of otherwise.”

This year, the film series will feature movies from Spain, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

“I try to choose films that reflect the richness of cinema of the Spanish-speaking world,” Connelly said.

The film series is free and open to students, staff, faculty and community members. All films will be screened on their respective dates in LA 110 from 7-9:30 p.m.