Latin American/Latinx Film Festival: OPERATION E (Operación E)

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

This film is part of the 2nd Latin American/Latinx Film Festival. The film Operation E is in Spanish with English subtitles. With Luis Tosar, Martina García.

A controversial film in Colombia due to the real event on which it is based (the kidnapping of Clara Rojas and Ingrid Betancourt), Operation E was at risk of being banned but was finally released in the country after a politicized trial.

Crisanto (a magnificent Luis Tosar) is a poor cocaine farmer who lives with his family in the Guaviare jungle, a region ruled by the Fuerzas Armadas Revoulcionarias de Colombia (FARC). A group of guerrilla fighters give them a moribund baby and tell them to take care of him. The doctors heal the baby but believing he's been abandoned and abused, they take it away.

Two years later, the guerrilla asks urgently for the child as he is at the center of an exchange of hostages negotiated between the presidents of Colombia and Venezuela that is bringing both countries to the brink of war. They give him three days to the boy or he and his family will be killed. This is a political thriller that shows what happens away from the cameras and microphones, a contrasting view of the official version.

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, School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, Department of English, Department of History, Modern Languages and Literatures/Latin American Studies, Puerto Rico Research Hub, and Women's and Gender Studies.

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