Five-week festival celebrates ‘Reel Latin America’ Events open with Sept. 27 Pride Week drama screening


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Several dramas, a teen thriller and a documentary fill the lineup of the University of Louisville’s free, public “Reel Latin America” Film Festival Sept. 27-Nov.1.

    The 25th annual festival, organized by UofL’s classical and modern languages department, offers multiple screenings of seven films in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles. Locations will be on UofL’s Belknap Campus as well as Speed Art Museum’s Speed Cinema.

    This year’s offerings are from countries including Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Nicaragua. UofL faculty or staff members with expertise in film or the movies’ social justice themes will introduce the films and lead discussions after the screenings.

    The schedule opens with a UofL Pride Week showing of “Don’t Call Me Son,” a 2016 Brazilian drama about gender identity and family, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. That film will be shown again at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in Swain Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

    • “Who is Dayani Cristal?” 5 p.m. Oct. 4, Floyd Theater
    • “The German Neighbor,” 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Floyd Theater; 5 p.m. Oct. 25, Floyd Theater
    • “Delicate Balance,” 5 p.m. Oct. 11, Planetarium; 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Ekstrom Library 104W
    • “Spider Thieves,” 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Floyd Theater; 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Floyd Theater
    • “The Companion,” 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Speed Cinema; 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Floyd Theater
    • “On the Roof,” 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Speed Cinema; 11 a.m. Nov. 1, Floyd Theater

    For a listing of film descriptions, discussion leaders and additional sponsors, check

    For more information, contact Manuel Medina, classical and modern languages, at 502-419-6114, 502-852-0501 or



    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.