Dir. Carlos Bosch, José María Doménech; writ. Carlos Bosch, David Trueba; feat. Guillermo Armas, Rafael Cano, Miriam Hernández (NR)
Homemade rafts, dangerous journeys, and high hopes - American news networks have often shown interest in refugees, but never in the way Balseros does. The Spanish documentary follows seven Cubans on their 1994 voyage away from home, then catches up with them as they do their time at Guantanamo, where the vagaries of politics make them more inmates than refugees. Balseros' chief appeal, though, is that it comes back to these protagonists years later, after they have made their way not only to Miami and the Bronx, but to New Mexico and Nebraska. What follows the photogenic adventure of a raft trip away from Cuba? How many who seek the American dream find it? — John DeFore
Balseros screens at 7:30 p.m., July 6 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series, at the Bijou at Crossroads Theater. Admission is $10 members / $12 non-members. 614-8977 or tpr.org for reservations.
Confessiones de Laura / Confessing to Laura
Dir. Jaime Osorio Gomez; writ. Alexandra Cardona Restrepo; feat. Vicky Hernandez, Alexander London (NR)
A man finds himself trapped in a woman's home during a riot set in 1948 Colombia in the violent aftermath of the assassination of Jorge Eliser Gaitan. The woman, Laura, and he slowly open up to each other until they talk about one of the most dangerous topics to discuss during a riot: politics. Colombian director Jaime Osorio Gomez will take your breath away in this film that takes place in a single night. — Eric Bradshaw
Confessiones de Laura screens at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 as part of the Instituto de México's "Ciclo de Cine Internacional" series, at the Instituto, 600 Hemisfair. Admission is free. For more information, call 227-0130, Ext 12.
Last Woman on Earth
Dir. Roger Corman; writ. Robert Towne; feat. Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones Moreland (NR)
The earth's atmosphere has returned to normal after being deoxygenated in this 1960 effort from B-movie king Roger Corman. Almost everyone has died. Fortunately, three scuba divers - two men and a woman - have been in the sea while all this occurs. — Eric Bradshaw
Last Woman on Earth screens at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday, July 1 as part of the series "In the Public Domain," at the Slab, across the street from La Tuna, 100 Probandt. Admission is free. For more information, call 212-9373.
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