Cinema Culturas Film Fest is set for Nov. 13 to 15

UC Riverside is a co-sponsor of a festival that includes a dozen films, panel discussions and a gala

Cinema Culturas Film Fest is set for Nov. 13 to 15.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UC Riverside is a co-sponsor of “Cinema Culturas Film Fest,” a celebration of independent film from Mexico set to screen more than a dozen films from Friday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Riverside City College Digital Library Auditorium, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.

A gala screening of the film “Carmín Tropical,” will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside. Afterward, the audience will have a time for Q&A with lead actor Jose Pescia.

Founded by Cony Martinez, this annual film festival celebrates the artistic vision of Mexican and Latino filmmakers, especially films that spark dialogue about living in multicultural Southern California. The 2015 film festival is screening contemporary award-winning films that deal with a wide range of themes, including women’s issues, LGBT lives, farmworkers’ rights, youth experience, animation and science.

“These award-winning contemporary films provide a forum with a global vision,” said Martinez, who holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature. The program will include feature-length films, documentaries, shorts, and animated films. A student film competition on Sunday showcases films from local filmmakers.Sunday events are free.

One of those free events on Sunday starts at 4 p.m. “Rediscovering the Scientist,” is a new documentary film about the challenges for people of color within the scientific enterprise. Afterward, UC MEXUS director and UC Riverside professor of ecology Exequiel Ezcurra appears on a panel, along with the film’s director, Lydia Marie Hicks; businesswoman Marlene Gomez and poet Douglas Kearney.

Tickets for Carmin Tropical are available at ticketmaster.com for $25 Keyword: Carmin or at the FOX box office ($2 surcharge).

Tickets for films on Friday and Saturday during the day are available at cinemaculturas.com. Tickets are going for $10 with discounts for students.

Key partners in the effort include the General Consul of Mexico, Carlos M. Sada; Consul of Education Andres Webster; Exequiel Ezcurra, director of UC MEXUS; RCC Trustee Mary Figueroa;State Senator Richard Roth, Assemblyman Jose Medina, and many others.

"Rediscovering the Scientist," is a film followed by a panel discussion that includes UC Mexus director Exequiel Ezcurra. The documentary is on science and for a more academic audience.

“Rediscovering the Scientist,” is a film followed by a panel discussion that includes UC Mexus director Exequiel Ezcurra. The documentary is on science and for a more academic audience.

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