Catholicism in Latin America Film Festival

The "Catholicism in Latin America Film Festival" brings together students, faculty, and administrators to consider the profound relationship between the Catholic Church and Latin American society, politics, and culture. A part of the University's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the three films in the series will raise awareness of the religious foundations of Latin American culture and the continuing relevance of Catholicism in the drama of Latin American history.

Dates and times:

Monday, September 16th, 12:00-3:00 PM: "The Mission." This unforgettable 1986 drama addresses the savage enslavement of the South American GuaranĂ­ people by the Spanish and Portuguese crowns and the GuaranĂ­'s defense by Jesuit missionaries.  It won a Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award for best cinematography.  In 2007, the Church Times elected "The Mission" number one on its list of the top fifty religious films of all time.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, and a young Liam Neeson.

Tuesday, September 24th, 12:00-3:00 PM: "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada."  Released in 2012, this film relates one of the most significant events of modern Mexican history: the Cristero Revolt of Catholic Christians against the anti-religious government of Plutarco Elias Calles.  Fought between 1926-1929, the revolt characterized the religious-secular tensions of the modern world, leaving some 90,000 dead on both sides and devastating the institutional presence of the Catholic Church in Mexico.  It stars Andy Garcia as General Enrique Gorostieta, the leader of the Catholic militias.

Wednesday, October 9th, 12:00-3:00 PM: "Romero."  This acclaimed 1989 film depicts the ministry of Archbishop Oscar Romero (d. 1980), who devoted the resources of his church to the poor in their desperate struggle against the repression and death squads of El Salvador's violent military regime.  Starring Raul Julia as Romero, the film drew attention to the disastrous ten-year civil war in El Salvador and to the martyrdom of Catholic priests and laity in defense of social justice.

All films will take place in TUC 417. Join UC in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy three great movies!