2016 Cinema Culturas – Program Highlights

Gala Night
Friday, Oct. 28 / Viernes 28 de Octubre
Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave.
6:45 pm - VIP Gala
8:00 pm -  Gala Film The Thin Yellow Line/La Delgado Linea Amarilla
Ariel Nominee 2016, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Mexico / 2015 / 95 min.
Director: Celso García
Synopsis- The Yellow Thin Line is the journey of five men who are hired to paint the median line of a road that connects two villages in Mexico.  Required to paint more than 200 kilometers with outdated equipment in the sweltering heat of the sun in less than fifteen days, they do the job. In painting the yellow thin line, the men realize that there is a thin line that exists between right and wrong, laughter and crying; between giving up and persevering, and life and death. They acknowledge that life is always changing, and the only thing to do is keep moving forward.

Saturday, Oc.t 29 / Sábado 29 de Octubre
Venue:  Riverside City College, Digital Library Auditorium
3:30 pm - The Man Who Saw Too Much / El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado                       
*Ariel Winner 2016, Best Feature Length Documentary & Best Score
Mexico / 2015 / 88 min.
Director: Trisha Ziff
Synopsis- An incredible and compelling portrait of Enrique Metinides, one of the most renowned and notorious photojournalists, who spent his life documenting death in Mexico City. Metinides was obsessed with photographing crime and accident scenes, and discovered that the fate of others was his way of connecting to life.  This film, not only offers fascinating historical insight into Mexico City and it's tabloid culture; it also poses important political and ethical questions about our responses to death.

7:00 pm - I Promise You Anarchy/Te Prometo Anarquía
*Ariel Nominee 2016, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Guerrero Award at Morelia International Film Festival 2015
Mexico / 2015 / 88 min.
Director: Julio Hernández Cordón Drama
Synopsis- A lovely, and heartfelt exploration of love and friendship between two  young long-time friends, Miguel (Diego Calva Hernandez), and Johnny (Eduardo Eliseo Martinez), who spend their time skating in the streets of Mexico City while facing obstacles. After things turn bad, Miguel's mother decides to take him out of the country, far from Johnny, where he will face a new destination. Beautifully shot scenes of Mexico City seen through the culture of skateboarding give the city a whole new perspective revealing multiple realities.

Sunday Oct. 30/ Domingo, 30 de Octubre
Venue:  Riverside City College, Digital Library Auditorium
3:00 pm - Mini Cinema Culturas, Life in Motion, A Tribute to Tomás Rivera

Screening of film created by students in film workshops offered by Cinema Culturas: “Imagination Part II, Reading, Writing, and Filming”, reflecting the life and legacy of Tomás Rivera.  Followed by screening of student film competition award winner.

4:15 pm - Tomás Rivera: A Tribute
Written and Performed by Carlos E. Cortés
Professor Emeritus of History
University of California, Riverside

From 1979 through 1984, acclaimed poet-novelist Tomas Rivera served as Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.  As the first minority Chancellor in the history of the University of California system, Rivera became a national figure in higher education.  In this performance tribute to Rivera, Carlos Cortés relates Rivera's dramatic and inspiring story, while interweaving selections from Rivera's writings and speeches as well as recollections of those who knew and admired him.

5:30 pm -  The Beginning Of Time/El Comienzo Del Tiempo
*Winner, Best Latin American Film, M
álaga Spanish Film Festival 2015; Best Picture, Beijing International Film Festival 2015
Mexico / 2014 / 110 min.
Director: Bernardo Arellano
Drama / Family
Synopsis- Antonio and Bertha are an elderly couple in their nineties who find themselves in deep trouble when pensions are suspended due to a social and financial crisis in their country. Confronted with the need to survive on their own, the couple face the hard reality of selling their belongings and peddling tamales on the street or turning to crime. Their lives change when, unexpectedly, their son Jonas, and grandson, Paco, reappear in their lives after more than ten years.