Director Arturo Menendez will lead the discussion following the screening of his film Malacrianza (The Crow’s Nest) 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Peters Education Center Auditorium as part of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Film Festival series and CineCulture. Malacrianza is the first fiction film from El Salvador to be produced since 1969 and the first ever to see a worldwide release. Shot on location in neighborhoods controlled by gangs, the script was based on a collection of real stories. With the use of deadpan humor, Malacrianza 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. The free, public event is co-sponsored by CineCulture and the Political Science department. Parking is $3 for a day permit, available at dispensersINFO: Dr. Annabella Espana-Najera at or 559.278.2848.

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