|Global Visions film series presents "Quinceanera"|
The film, "Quinceanera" (USA) will be shown Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family who runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her 15th birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer limo she hopes will carry her on her special day. But a few months before the celebration, Magdalena finds she is pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceanera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her. Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with her great-great uncle, Tomas, an old man who makes his living by selling champurrado -- a Mexican hot drink -- in the street. Already living with him is Carlos, Magdalena's cousin, a tough cholo who was thrown out by his parents. Carlos does not disguise his disapproval of Magdalena's arrival. The back house rental where Tomas has lived happily for many years is on a property that was recently purchased by an affluent white gay couple -- pioneers of gentrification in the neighborhood. Inevitably, worlds collide when they become entangled in the lives of their tenants. As Magdalena's pregnancy grows more visible, she, Carlos, and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders. But the economics of the neighborhood are turning against them. Ultimately, this precipitates a crisis that threatens their way of life.
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and drug use.
The Global Vision Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, is a forum that promotes diversity at UND and within the community of Grand Forks at large through the venue of internationally acclaimed award winning independent films. The series is directed and organized by Marcia Mikulak, assistant professor in the anthropology department.
Film is a rich medium for the exploration of cultural diversity, the effects of globalization, human rights abuses, and the broad spectrum of human experiences that constitutes the nature of culture and the human condition. Every other Tuesday the Global Visions Film Series shows a movie at the Memorial Union in the Lecture Bowl. This year, we are joined by the UND Law School’s International Human Rights Center, who will present two films under the umbrella of the Global Visions Film Series. All films in the series are award winning films, recognized for their artistic scope and social impact. All films are open and free to UND students, faculty and Grand Forks community members. Several departments on the UND campus offer the films shown in the Global Visions Film Series as extra credit opportunities for students, who must write reviews and critiques of the issues presented in each of the outstanding films shown each semester.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, email@example.com, 777-4718