Latin American/Latinx Film Festival: Machuca

Friday, October 21, 2022 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This film is part of the 2nd Latin American/Latinx Film Festival. Pleae note that this film will be available ONLINE ONLY. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. With Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, and Manuela Martelli.

Synopsis: The story takes place in Santiago, Chile in 1973 in the days leading up to the military coup, and is based on a real experiment carried out during the socialist government of Salvador Allende at Saint Georg's Colled (Sanin Patrick's College in the film). Gonzalo Infante, an eleven-year-old boy, studies at Sant Patrick's a reputable religious school whose students come from the upper middle class of Santiago. The headmaster, Father McEnroe brings a new group of children from the popular class in order to educate them without discrimination, in an attempt to promote mutual respect among students from different social classes. After some conflicts, a friendship is born between some of the children. However, the political climate of the time progressively deteriorates the friendship. The coup d'etat of 1973 suddenly interrupts this relationship. 

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN Arts & Culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. It is sponsored by the College of Sciences, the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, the Department of English, the Department of History, Modern Languages & Literatures/Latin American Studies, the Puerto Rico Research Hub, and Women's & Gender Studies.

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