The 18th annual International Latino Film Festival lights up Mill Creek Cinema March 1 through 3 at 6 p.m. ($5 per film, free to students enrolled in specific classes at HSU/CR). This collaboration of Humboldt State University's Department of World Languages and Cultures and College of the Redwoods' Arts and Humanities Department lets viewers enjoy and discuss films relating to Hispanic culture and experience. This year's selections couldn't be more timely.
Keynote speaker Karim Hauser Askalani, a former BBC journalist in the Middle East and currently head of Governance at Casa Árabe in Madrid, introduces three films followed by discussion with HSU and CR faculty. The festival delves into the theme of "Arab Cultural Heritage in Spain" with: Adiós Carmen, the story of a 10-year-old Moroccan boy who is introduced to the world through cinema by his new friend Carmen, a Spanish exile; Wilaya, a drama about a Sahrawi refugee family suddenly confronted with the death of the mother and the return of the younger sister who has lived most of her life in Spain; and Retorno a Hansala, in which a woman loses her brother in an illegal immigration attempt and must return his body to their homeland. All films will be shown in Spanish, Arabic and Berber with English subtitles, so bring your glasses.