The next movie of the 8th Catalan Film Festival is "Family Tour" (2013) by Liliana Torres, and it will be presented by Elisabet Pallàs.
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 PM in ILC S404.
It will be in Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles. Pizza and soda will be served! Family Tour (2013, 99 min). A month's holiday with the family can go a long way; this is how Lili feels when she returns home after several years out of the country. Her mother, a person of exceptional eccentric simplicity, forces Lili to visit her relatives: grandparents, aunts, cousins... giving her a Family Tour through the abandoned landscape of her childhood that makes her explore her own frustrations and tolerance limits with the flaws that we all inherit. Liliana Torres (Vic, 1980) is a director and writer , known for Anteayer (2005), Quince años (2012), and Family Tour (2013).
The "First International Comparatists Without Comparatism Symposium" was held at the University of Barcelona in February 2016. The symposium presented an alternative route for Comparative Literature during the first half of 20th century. It was attended by people from the US, Canada, Italy, and Spain. Guillem Molla presented a paper titled "Ramon Esquerra, a pioneer of the academic comparatism", which traced the path followed by Esquerra to fit his literary criticism into the official tradition of European comparatism.
Mario Martín Gijón is associate professor at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain. Among his recent publications are El exilio teatral republicano de 1939 en Europa, and La resistencia franco-española (1936-1950), Winner of the Arturo Barea Award for Cultural Research. His talk will explore how both Spaniards and French volunteers and activists fought fascism during the Spanish Civil War. Moreover, French intellectuals took sides to defend the Spanish Republic and to support the Francoist rebellion.
The first movie of the 8th Catalan Film Festival is “Traces of Sandalwood” (‘Rastres de sàndal’, 2014) by Maria Ripoll, and it will be presented by Christina Beaubien.
Tuesday, February 23 (6.30pm in ILC S404). It will be in English and Catalan with English subtitles. Pizza and soda will be served!
RASTRES DE SÀNDAL (‘Traces of Sandalwood’, 2014) is the adaptation of international bestseller _Rastres de sàndal_ by Catalan Asha Miró and Anna Soler-Pont, the tale of a Bollywood  star’s search for her long lost sister. The film begins in high drama as 6-year-old Mina (Vaibhavi Hankare) saves her newborn sister, Sita, from being drowned as an unwanted female, thereupon taking full responsibility for her care. But when their mother dies a few years later, their father hands them over to a woman from the city. Sita is left with nuns, despite her sister’s frantic resistance, and young Mina is consigned to a brothel, from which she narrowly escapes. She finds work as a maid for a rich family, gaining an ally in Sanjay, the handsome son of the house. This melodramatic opener is suddenly revealed as a film-within-the-film, an autobiographical opus that Mina(Nandita Das), now a Bollywood superstar, is making with her director husband (the self-same Sanjay, now played by Subodh Maskara). The film marks the latest effort in Mina’s unending 30-year search for her missing sister (Aina Clotet). "Rastres de sandal" won a Gaudí award for best film, and the Círculo de Escritoires Cinematográficos award for best adapted script, and a Goya nomination.
We are delighted to announce that Peter Khan has been chosen to win the Massachusetts Review's annual Chametzky Prize for his translation of Margara Russotto's poem "Of Useless Knowledge". The Prize is awarded annually to a translation published in the review, alternating between poetry or prose. The Russotto's poem was published in the Massachusetts Review, vol. 54, no. 03, p. 537.
"De la correspondencia epistolar a los docu-selfies"
3 Credit Course
Capacity: 25 students
Francisco Zamora, Master of Arts from the University of Paris VIII, France with a focus in "espectáculo cinematográfico, especialidad en Realización y Creación". He is the director of documentary films of creation and investigation.
This class titled, "De la correspondencia epistolar a los docu-selfies" explores a contemporary form of epistolary exchanges (cine-cartas o “docu-selfies”) that come from digital cameras to Smartphones for their formation. Throughout this course students at U-Mass will learn how to film and edit. These cine-cartas will include an exchange with students from the Escuela de Cine y Televisión de la Universidad Veritas de Costa Rica.
During the first part of the semester students will study theoretical texts related to the documentary genre and the history of the epistolary exchanges. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the production of films that will include the cinematic exchange with students and will be showcased at UMASS.
Guillem Molla represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the First International Meeting on Foreign Language Teaching in Quebec (Rencontre Internationale sur l’Enseignement des Langues Étrangères au Québec – RIELEQ) celebrated at the University of Montreal with the collaboration of the Institut Ramon Llull, on November 13-14. His participation included a roundtable on the planification of cultural activities and the structure and challenges of the three minors in Catalan studies in North-America (UMass Amherst, Chicago, and Montreal).
In October, Professor David Rodríguez-Solás participated in the conference Semiosferas, “Palabra, imagen y escrituras, la intermedialidad en en los siglos XX y XXI” at the Universidad de Alcalá. In his paper "Escenarios intermediales en el teatro de Juan Mayorga”, Prof. Rodríguez-Solás studied intermediality in recent productions of Juan Mayorga’s plays El chico de la última fila,Himmelweg, Hamelin and, especially, El arte de la entrevista. As he claimed in his presentation, these productions further Mayorga’s exploration of theater as the commonplace of intermedial expression.
The next movie of the 8th Catalan Film Festival is “Bajarí: Gipsy Barcelona” (2013) by Eva Vila, and it will be presented by Irene Melé.
Tuesday, March 8, 6.30 PM in ILC S404. It will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Pizza and soda will be served!
Bajarí (2013, 84 min). As believed by the Gypsies, Flamenco cannot be learned in a dance school or by reading music. It is lived within the home; it is created at the bar; its artistry is perfected on the street corner. Bajarí goes to all those places, following in the steps of its two main subjects: Karime and Juanito. The young bailaora (flamenco dancer) Karime Amaya is working with some of the most talented up-and-coming musicians and dancers to create a show that blends the Gypsy Flamenco tradition with Barcelona’s Rumba tradition. Little 5-year old Juanito Manzano takes his first steps to dance in the show and earn his flamenco boots, despite kidney problems and against his parents’ wishes. Their adventures and experiences become a journey of discovery of this living tradition and create an intimate portrait of how flamenco’s legacy is kept alive within Barcelona’s tight-knit Gypsy community. A must see documentary for music and dance lovers, Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona is a private window into the intimate world of this vibrant and living art form.
The next movie of the 8th Catalan Film Festival is “10,000 KM” (2014) by Carlos Marqués-Marcet. It will be in Spanish, Catalan, and English with English subtitles, at 7:30 PM in 137 Isenberg SOM. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.
Carlos Marqués-Marcet, director and screenwriter, will be present for the film introduction and Q&A after the screening.
WEDNESDAY 02/03 at 7:30 PM in Isenberg School of Management, room 137
10,000 km (2014, 99 min). Alex moves to Los Angeles for a new job; Sergi stays in Barcelona. With a year apart and a continent between them, a young couple must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive, but without each other’s touch or shared daily realities, can technology keep them together? 10,000 km won the Goya Award for Best New Director, American Independents Award for Best Film, Gaudí Award for Best Film and Best Director, Málaga Film Festival Award for Best Film and Best Director, Seattle Film Festival Award for Best New Director, etc.
On March 11th and 12th, Gina Malagold, SpanPort PhD student, presented her research paper "Complicity and Banality: A Revision of the Jewish Community Conflict during the Argentine “Dirty War” through an Arendtian lens" at Cornell University. Her research was part of the panel titled, "Autonomy and Territory in the Americas."
Spanish and Portuguese Review (SPR) is the annual graduate student journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). SPR publishes original, unpublished manuscripts on culture, film, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, second language acquisition, translation, and other areas related to the study or teaching of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of research are encouraged. In addition to articles, SPR publishes book and media reviews, interviews, and notes on technology and pedagogical resources. Spanish and Portuguese Review is a gold open access journal that is primarily disseminated online. The AATSP supports the MLA Statement on electronic publications.
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Films will be subtitled in English, students will be free to use English in the discussions, and pizza and sodas will be served during the screenings. Related to the courses Catalan Culture and Catalan Cinema and only for academic purposes.
We really hope to see you there, bring a friend and spread the word!
PhD students Pilar Osorio and Gina Malagold presented their research at the University of Pennsylvania on February 5th 2016. The title of the conference was Cartographies of Commons, Community and Sovereignty. Pilar presented her paper titled: "La questionable legitimized y soberanía en Doña Bárbara de Rómulo Gallegos". Gina presented her paper titled: "The Jewish Community Conflict during the 20th century "Dirty War" & Testimony-The "Jewish Question".
The Thatcher Language House offers students unique opportunity to maintain and improve their Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge in a residential community. Participants in Thatcher Spanish live among students engaged in one (or more) of our 6 language and culture programs and can take advantage of the common spaces, lounges and kitchen to socialize in Spanish. They meet once a week for a two-credit conversational culture seminar, SPAN 285. The Spanish Thatcher community strives to learn more about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. We discuss social, economic, and political issues and current events relevant to Hispanic communities, watch Spanish language films, attend social and academic events on and off campus, and cook Latin American and Spanish foods together.
Some examples of past activities include: attending a photography exhibition on Cuba, a bilingual play about Frida Kahlo, a conference on linguistic equality, a campus wide scavenger hunt (in Spanish), a night of Latin dance instruction with the Ballroom Dance Team... We have also attended Holyoke Bound and volunteered with MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) to assist Spanish speaking immigrants applying for their Green Card. Some of our students have volunteered at Amherst Regional High School assisting ESL students. Others have been engaged at the Homework House in Holyoke.
Spanish Thatcher is also a great way to improve your speaking skills before studying abroad, or keep them sharp after coming back from a study abroad program...Typically, our participants are a mixture of native speakers, heritage speakers, Spanish Majors/Minors and students who return from Spanish speaking countries, or plan to study in one.
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VII Workshop Internacional de Investigación “Trabajar, enseñar e investigar en Cultura Audiovisual” Facultad de Ciencias de la Información. UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
PARTE 1: EL DESARROLLO DEL EJERCICIO PROFESIONAL EN COMUNICACIÓN AUDIOVISUAL Y PUBLICIDAD
16 de diciembre de 2015
18:30 Bienvenida: Francisco A. Zurian, IP de GECA y del Proyecto de Innovación, Universidad Complutense; Raúl Eguizábal, Director Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad-1, Universidad Complutense; Mercedes López Suárez, Directora Filología III, Universidad Complutense
18:45 Especial Master Class “De la formación al ejercicio profesional”: • Ana Martín García, publicitaria • Inés París, directora de cine y guionista.
PARTE 2: EL DESARROLLO PROFESIONAL Y ACADÉMICO EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN EN COMUNICACIÓN AUDIOVISUAL Y PUBLICIDAD
Coloquios sobre investigación y la carrera académica
12 de enero de 2016,18:30
Paul Smith, City University of New York
13 de enero de 2016, 18:30
Barbara Zecchi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor Margara Russotto was invited as the keynote speaker to the XI International Writers' and Artists' Festival: Words in the World in Val David, Canada on May 30th and 31st, 2015. Her talk titled, "What words, what world?" began the conference and was followed by expositions and presentations by authors and artists from 15 different countries during the two days.
We would like to invite you to our last “Fem un Cafè” of the Fall semester. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some coffee and speak Catalan. We will get together on Tuesday December 1 at 2:30PM in the Herter 4th floor lounge. Fins aviat!
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