The annual Latino Film Festival is a three day event organized by Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods for community members, students, faculty and staff to view three films relating to this year’s theme–Changing Landscapes: Loss, Life, & Love. The festival will be held at the Mill Creek Cinema in McKinleyville on Feb. 28 and March 1 – 2 from 6 – 10:20 p.m.
If interested, students can enroll in a one unit course to gain credit for participating in the festival. CPH students can enroll in ES 396, HIST 396 or SPAN 396. CR students can enroll in Spanish 9. Entry is free to all enrolled students from both campuses as well as to members of the community.
For the past 25 years, CPH and CR have collaborated together to hold the Latino Film Festival during the spring semester. This year is the 24th annual Latino Film Festival due to the universities taking a pause on events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The films that we show are showing minority voices or marginalized voices and bringing those to our students here at CPH and as an extension to the greater community too,” said Russell Carlos Gaskell, co-organizer of the festival.
The three Latino films the Latino Film Festival will show are “Carajita,” “Utama,” and “Te Llevo Conmigo.” The films will be screened in Spanish and will have English subtitles.
After the film, there will be a panel of three speakers. There will be a keynote speaker– Professor David Tenorio from the department of Hispanic Language and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh along with a professor from CPH and CR. The three will give an interpretation of the films and a discussion will be opened to the audience through a Q&A.
After the Latino Film Festival ends, students enrolled in the course will write a reflective essay on the festival and their experience. For more information, contact Russell Carlos Gaskell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristy Carlsen at email@example.com.