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15, 22, 29 September 2010
Latin American History in Film
Part 1 Old World Meets New
Room LE 4, University of Hong Kong
September 15, 5.30pm. Room LE 4.
Cabeza de Vaca (Nicolas Echeverria, Mexico, 1993).
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Follow stranded Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Moroccan slave Estebanico across the American continent from Florida to Arizona . Along the way, they spend eight years among the Iguase people in what is now Texas , and they learn their mystical traditions. But Spanish conquistadors are approaching, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past. This film is based on Cabeza de Vaca's own account, published in Spain in 1542.
September 22, 5.30pm. Room LE 4.
The Mission (Roland Joffe, U.S., 1986)
Rodrigo Mendoza was a violent soldier-for-hire in 1750s South America . Now he is a missionary living among the rain forest people he once enslaved. But the slavers are still out in the jungles, and their raids íV as well as faraway European politics íV are endangering the life of his mission community. Mendoza faces a quandary: should he pick up his sword again and fight alongside the Indians against the European slavers? Can he overcome the divisions sown by colonialism?
September 29, 5pm. Room LE4.
The Other Conquest (Salvador Carrasco, Mexico, 2000).
In Spanish and Nahuatl with English subtitles.
The Other Conquest brings to life the world of 1520s Mexico in the aftermath of the Spanish Conquest from the vantage point of the Aztec people. Follow Topiltzin, illegitimate son of the murdered Aztec Emperor Moctezuma, as he challenges Spanish missionary Fray Diego, who demands that Topiltzin reject his traditions entirely and embrace the Christian faith. But amid this spiritual clash between Old World and New, who is really converting whom?