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PRAGDA SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL: THE CROW’S NEST

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St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 7:15 PM to 10:00 PM

St. Mary’s Hall Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 7:15 PM to 10:00 PM

Director: Arturo Menéndez / 70 min / 2014

Drama Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Nationality: El Salvador

Cast: Salvador Solís, Karla Valencia, Rodrigo Calderón, Héctor Vides, Herberth de Paz, Leandro Sánchez

THE CROW’S NEST [Malacrianza] is the fourth film in the 2015 Pragda Film Festival.

The first fiction film from El Salvador to be produced since 1969 and the first ever to see a worldwide release, The Crow’s Nest follows Don Cleo, a humble piñata salesman who receives an extortion letter at his doorstep. If he doesn’t pay $500, a small fortune for him, within 72 hours, he will be killed. Don Cleo quickly decides to gather the money through friends, but the harder he tries to raise the funds, the deeper into trouble he gets. If Don Cleo hopes to survive, he’ll have to face his fears and stand up to his tormentors.

With a magnificent use of deadpan humor and charm, The Crow’s Nest depicts a unique and realistic vision of El Salvador, where evangelical churches, reverence for the concept of the American Dream, the local struggling economy, and violence are everyday experiences for its most vulnerable population.

Shot on location in neighborhoods controlled by gangs, the script was based on a collection of real stories.

Dr. Ana Patricia Rodríguez, of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will give a brief introduction before the film showing.

The 2015 Festival is presented by Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Laurie Frederik, Director of the Latin American Studies Center, and Dr. Eyda Merediz, Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The Festival Coordinator is Dr. José M. Naharro, also of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

NOTES ON FILM
 
In a country like El Salvador, simply opening one’s eyes every day is an achievement for many people. For Salvadorians, nearsightedness is a serious condition, because we are used to seeing everything in black or white. Where there is life, it is normal to find death around the corner.
 
In this pessimistic context, we strive to find light. For Don Cleo, the protagonist of The Crow’s Nest, that light is materialized in an absurd pair of sunglasses that contrast with his sadness. It’s the first thing he finds, the first thing he puts on, and at his age, fashion doesn’t matter. He uses them to confront his reality, his neighborhood, his love, and the few dreams that still remain. The Crow’s Nest travels on Don Cleo’s shoulders; it is an inward voyage, without other guidance than his own. The Crow’s Nest is a reflection of a society sick with pain that blames its problems on the rest of the world. A society that is not capable of looking inwards, which is where the fault and all the remedies lie.

 

Learn about other films in the festival:

339 AMÍN ABEL HASBÚN. MEMORY OF A CRIME [339 Amín Abel Hasbún. Memoria de un crimen], October 13

PARADISE [Paraíso], October 20

ETERNAL AMAZON [Amazônia Eterna], October 27

THE CROW’S NEST [Malacrianza], November 3

ASIER AND I [Asier ETA biok], November 10

The film festival is made possible with support from the PRAGDA Spanish Film Club and Spain Arts and Culture.