CCU to hold five-week Latin American film festival

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Coastal Carolina University will host it’s second annual Latin American Film Festival, a five-week event featuring award-winning films from Latin American countries.

All events include a film screening and subsequent discussion with Mauricio Castillo, assistant professor in the LIS department; four of the five events will include Zoom discussions with respective directors. Events take place on consecutive Wednesdays at 5 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Lib Jackson Student Union movie theater. All events are free and open to the public.

The film festival is representative of numerous programs and initiatives within the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, manifested within the LIS department, including a new motto: “Learn Local, Go Global.”

Castillo said sharing and discussing films from Latin American countries – including Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, and Bolivia – allow CCU students, faculty, and community members to learn the cultural and historical contexts surrounding the stories in addition to enjoying the art form.

“The topics are contemporaneous,” Castillo said. “The main characters are mostly young people dealing with a globalized world, and I feel students will identify with them readily. The topics are diverse and include LBGTQ themes, family issues, and topics of violence, corruption, race, and social class. Viewers will see how people in Latin America deal with these issues. Initially, the audience will see the differences, but ultimately, they’ll see how similarly they tackle these issues. There’s no difference from how these things happens in the U.S.”

Castillo says the focus isn’t limited to the CCU campus, though.

“We also promote languages in the community, all around Horry County. We have Language Day, during which we invite high school students from area schools. They come in for an event where we play games and talk about the importance of learning other languages. So, this is part of a whole project we have in the department that we see ourselves as ambassadors of DEI.”

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For more information, visit www.coastal.edu/culturalarts or contact Castillo at mcastillo@coastal.edu or 843-349-6972.

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