Special screenings Upcoming local film events

CineMujer, El Santo, Short Ends Project, European Film Forum, and Women's History Month films


The Esperanza Center and Palo Alto College co-present a week-long multicultural film festival, March 28-April 2, celebrating the tribulations and triumphs of women, from the personal to the political and all of the territory inbetween. Esperanza Center director Graciela Sanchez, a filmmaker who trained alongside Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is the artistic director for the festival whose selections range from heartwarming fare such as 2002's Whale Rider to hardcore documentaries such as Laleh Kadivi's 900 Women, which examines the life of women in the Louisiana Correctional Institute. The other films are The Education of Shelby Knox, Spices, Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House, The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, Rabbit Proof Fence, Working Women of the World, The Day I Became a Woman, and the short animated film Repetition Compulsion which will screen on opening night. A reception will be held at 6pm Monday, March 28.

CineMujer films screen every evening at 7pm, Monday, March 28-Saturday, April 2, at the Esperanza Center, 921 San Pedro. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 228-0201 or visit esperanzacenter.org.

The Films of El Santo: Santo vs. los zombies
Feat. Santo, Tere Velázquez, Armando Silvestre (NR)

Wrestlers Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and The Rock might have captured something resembling silver screen success, leaping from the ring to the reel, but they're by no means the first. Rudolfo Guzman Huerta, better known to fans of Mexican wrestling as El Santo, starred in nearly 60 action films from 1958 to 1982, two years before his death. Relegated to the realm of late-night monster movies for too long, the wrestling legend is back in the limelight in a special cycle, "El Santo: El Legendario Enmascarado De Plata," at the Instituto de México.

Santo vs. los zombies screens at 4pm, Sunday, March 27 and 7pm Wednesday, March 30, at the Instituto, 600 HemisFair Plaza. Admission is free.

Short Ends Project 2.1

A ten-spot will buy entry to a slate of original short films produced, written, and directed by San Antonio filmmakers working under a tight deadline, an almost non-existent budget, and three arbitrary requirements including the number of actors `see "Movies on a deadline," May 27-April 2, 2004`. Tickets are available online at drafthouse.com/westlakes, or at the door.

The Short Ends Project 2.1 will screen at 7pm Saturday, March 26, at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes. Admission is $10.

UTSA European Film Forum at the Bijou

Thursday, March 24 is the final day of "European Cinema in Transition: The Second San Antonio Forum on Contemporary French, German, Italian, and Spanish Film," a 12-film festival including panel discussions with industry professionals and film scholars of the represented nations. Hosted by UTSA's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the festival's final six films are Depuis qu'Otar est parti, Lichter, Le chiavi di casa, La finestra di fronte, Tasio, and Mon Idole.

The European Film Forum concludes Thursday, March 24 at the Bijou at Crossroads Theatre, 4522 Fredericksburg, with six films from 2:30-9:30pm. Admission is free. For more information call 458-4350, or visit http://flan.utsa.edu/filmforum2005.

UTSA's Women's History Month Films

UTSA's women's history month programming includes rare and innovative fiction and nonfiction films. Agnes Ndibi's Africa, Africas: Fantacoca examines the practice of skin bleaching in Cameroon as it begins to conflict with growing pride in black identity. Danzón is the story of a Mexico City phone operator with a passion for the popular Cuban dance who sets out on a life-changing trip to find her missing partner. The mockumentary The Watermelon Woman is a film within a film about a black lesbian living in Philadelphia who is trying to make a documentary about an enigmatic 1930s black film actress.

Africa, Africas: Fantacoca screens at 7pm, Thursday, March 24, at UTSA's 1604 campus, Main Building, Room 0.208. Danzón screens at 3pm Monday, March 28 in the 1604 Campus John Peace Library, Room 4.03.08. The Watermelon Woman screens at 11am Tuesday, March 29, in the 1604 Campus Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 3.02.14. Admission to all films is free.

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