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Sin Fronteras Film Festival Returns

The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) is pleased to announce the program for the 2016 Sin Fronteras Film Festival. The festival will be held March 25-27, 2016, at The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, NM. As in years past, the film festival is entirely FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous contributions of community and campus partners. For more information about SOLAS and the film festival, please visit the SOLAS website or see the event poster for reference.

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In 2016, SOLAS is partnering with various organizations to bring the Sin Fronteras Film Festival to the community free of charge. Co-sponsors include The Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, School of Law, UNM El Centro de la Raza, UNM Department of Sociology, and the UNM Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

The Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) Film Festival was started by SOLAS in 2005. It is the first New Mexico festival to exclusively feature Latino films and filmmakers. The festival presents films, documentaries, animations and short films with the purpose of increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and Latin American affairs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SOLAS is the Student Organization for Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico. The organization represents both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Latin American studies as well as those conducting research in the region. As an independent student-run entity, SOLAS advocates for the interests of its members along with our student affiliates before the university administration. Their mission is to increase awareness about Latin American issues and cultural happenings through the facilitation of intellectual dialogue by supporting engaging events and hosting interactive programming. The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is among the highlights of their outreach efforts each year.

In 2016, the following films will be screened:

Friday, March 25, 6:00 p.m.: Relatos Salvajes

Relatos Salvajes" is an Argentine-Spanish black comedy anthology film composed of six standalone shorts, all written and directed by Damián Szifron, united by a common theme of violence and vengeance: "Pasternak," "Las Ratas (The Rats)," "El Más Fuerte (The Strongest)," "Bombita (Little Bomb)," "La Propuesta (The Proposal)," and "Hasta que la muerte nos separe (Until Death Do Us Part)."

Saturday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.: Gringo Trails

"Gringo Trails" a feature-length documentary that raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism. Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the “gringo trail” has facilitated both life-altering adventures and the despoiling of many once virgin environments. The film follows stories along the trail to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences.

Saturday, March 26, 6:00 p.m.: Que Horas Ela Volta?

"Que Horas Ela Volta?" stars Regina Casé as Val, the housemaid of a wealthy family in São Paulo, and portrays the tensions that arise after her estranged daughter Jéssica moves into the family's house in order to apply for an admission exam at the city's university. With Jéssica's arrival, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Sunday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.: Dólares de Arena

Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years. Noelí's boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.

Sunday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.: American DREAMers

"American DREAMers" tells the story behind the Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a group of six undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom when they publicly come out as undocumented and walk 3,000 miles to the nation's capital to organize for immigrant rights. These are college students, young professionals, activists, and community leaders. Follow their journey as they come out of the shadows, share their stories, empower communities, and put everything on the line to fight in what they believe is their civil rights movement. They are undocumented and unafraid. And some are UndocuQueer, too.

--Posted Monday, March 21, 2016.