Friday, September 23, 2016

Interested Student Meeting-Wednesday, September 28 at 1PM ALH 102

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Interested Student Meeting
Presented by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Wednesday, September 28th, 1:00-2:00pm
Alumnae Hall – Room 102
Snack Will Be Provided!

Hosted by Department Chair – Raysa Amador, Ph.D., and Faculty

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Good news from Dr. Jonathan Hiller from the Italian Program

Dr. Hiller  English translation of a selection from Paolina by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti has been published in the Journal of Italian Translation, Vol. X, No.2, Fall 2015 pag. 137.   The journal  is an international journal devoted to the translation of literary works from and into Italian-English-Italian dialects.
Jonathan you make us proud, congratulations!

Ixcanul, the film coming to Adelphi- a must see

Guatemalan Film 'Ixcanul' Might Be the Most Feminist Movie of the Year

PHOTO: Courtesy Kino Lorber
In Guatemala today, something like half of the population is indigenous Mayan, but those people exist on the fringes of society, cut off from their country by racism and, often, a language barrier—the country's official language is Spanish, and many Mayans speak one of their many native languages. Mayan women face double discrimination: First for their culture, and then for their gender.Which is what makes the newest hit movie out of Guatemala so spectacular.The film, Ixcanul, is a coming-of-age story about Maria, a shy 17-year-old Mayan girl who lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foot of an active volcano in Guatemala. It stars María Mercedes Coroy, who is a young Mayan woman herself—most of the actors, in fact, are Mayans who were cast out of their local communities and then trained as actors. The film is in Kaqchikel, a language spoken by some indigenous Mayans, including Coroy. The director, 38-year-old Jayro Bustamante, grew up in this part of Guatemala and learned Kaqchikel from his nanny—though he says he was warned not to use it in public, for fear of getting bullied.But despite all the prejudice against indigenous people in Guatemala, the film has been a tremendous hit both in that country and on the overseas film festival circuit. And it's not hard to see why: The film is gritty and gorgeous, steeped in quiet suspense.
The movie has made Coroy a star in her country—a huge feat for an indigenous woman there. This spring, she even became the first Mayan woman to grace the cover of a Guatemalan fashion magazine. And Ixcanul is the first Guatemalan film that has ever been nominated for the Academy Awards, in the foreign film category.This might just be the rare film that isn't just telling an empowering story on-screen, but could actually help change attitudes toward indigenous people—especially Mayan women—in Guatemala. That's enough to make it a must-see. And lucky us, it opened in the United States this fall. Check for a local screening here.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sandra Cisnesro and the National Medals of Arts

Cisneros, a former San Antonio resident whose 1984 debut novel “The House on Mango Street” has become essential reading for high school and middle-school…

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Spanish Film Festival- 2016




Upcoming Events

November 11, 2016 Film Screening: Ixcandul Volcán (Ixcandul, Volcano) Film Screening Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala.