Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Tradewinds: Mexico Film Series

June 11th, 2015 - June 12th, 2015

Robert E. Nims Theatre
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA

Shotgun Cinema, The University of New Orleans, The Arts Council of New Orleans, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans present the screenings of three Mexican films June 11-12.

The film screening schedule is:

Gueros Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 PM
Cartel Land Friday, June 12, at 7:00 PM
Post Tenebras Lux Friday, June 12, at 9:00 PM

An opening reception will be held on Thursday June 11th, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Film descriptions:

During the 1999 National University strike in Mexico City, Sombra and Santos live a purposeless and unmotivated life to kill time. But with the arrival of Tomas, Santos‘€™ restless younger brother, the aimless slackers are coerced into finding dying 60s folk singer Epigmenio Cruz (who‘€™s rumored to have made Bob Dylan cry) to pay their respects. A sly homage to the Nouvelle Vague, filmmaker Alfonso Ruizpalacios creates a film that‘€™s both a powerful mark of history and a nuanced portrait of the present.

Cartel Land
Vigilante groups have sprung up on both sides of the Mexican/American border to contend with the expanding cartel takeover. This harrowing documentary follows Dr. Jose Mireles (known as ‘€œEl Doctor‘€) of the Autodefensas citizens group in Michoacán, as well as Tim ‘€œNailer‘€ Foley, an American veteran leading the Arizona Border recon paramilitary, as they take matters into their own hands against the violent cartels. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the dangerous Mexican drug war to examine the violence and corruption that‘€™s devastating the region.

Post Tenebras Lux
A surreal examination of innocence and sin, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas balances beauty and the grotesque in this patriarchal drama. Secluded in their palatial rural home, Juan (Alfonso Jimenez Castro), his wife Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo), and their children lead a privileged life that simmers with familial and class tension. Fractured and deeply personal, Reygadas‘€™ film is demanding and engrossing, positioning him as one of the most innovative contemporary filmmakers worldwide.

Mexico + People
Thomas F. Reese
SCLAS Executive Director. Professor - Art History