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Producer’s Film Picks for April 2016

The theme chosen for this month is: Shadows of the Disappeared.


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Director Ciro Guera & 125 minutes.

A film from Columbia, it is based on diaries & mostly true events.

The film stars Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, & Brionne Davis.

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Synopsis:  A spiritual docu-drama, it is the tale of an Amazon native shaman, the last survivor of his tribe, & two scientists who travel 40 years apart, both on the same quest to search for a sacred healing plant.

It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar, & winner of the Art Cinema Award at Cannes.


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Written & Directed by Patricio Guzman @ 90 minutes.

The film features Gaspar Galaz, Lantro Nunez, & Luis Henriquez.

Synopsis: This is a Chilean documentary film that is set on the Atacoma Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, as astronomers search the cosmos for the meaning & origins of life, while at the same time there are folks sifting through the sand searching for the dumped bodies of loved ones, victims of the Pinochet regime.

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EL TOPO (1970)

Written & Directed (also starring & musical score) by Alejandro Jodorowsky @ 125 minutes.

The film stars Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Jose Legarreta, Afonso Arau, & David Silva.

Synopsis: El Topo, who claims to be God, travels across Western badlands, his six year old son with him, through a mystical, violent landscape, both bloody & surreal, sexual & deeply introspective, busily chasing his own demons.



EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is already playing at the Grand Cinema, & will screen, at least through next week. Needless to say, each of you needs to get to the Grand soon & be sure to see this stunning film.

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT will screen at CSL this Friday,. April 1, 2016.

EL TOPO will screen at CSL on Friday, April 8, 2016.

The TFC Discussion Night will be Wednesday, April 13. 2016.


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The Grand Cinema is located at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, on the corner of 5th & Fawcett, in the Merlino Art Center.

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The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) is located at 206 N. J. Street, on the corner of Division & J streets.

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