Three-week film festival celebrates ‘Reel Latin America’


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ecuadorean film director Miguel Alvear will attend his movie screening and answer questions about his work Sept. 25 during the University of Louisville’s free, public “Reel Latin America” Film Festival Sept. 17-Oct. 10.

    Alvear will lead discussions after the 7 p.m. Sept. 25 screening of “Beyond the Mall,” at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. The multimedia artist directed and wrote the 2010 documentary, which follows a discouraged filmmaker, fresh off a commercial flop, to a port-city contraband market in Ecuador that sells pirated international movies.

    The 22nd annual festival offers multiple screenings of nine films in Spanish with English subtitles. Locations will be Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium or Room 104W and Swain Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater on UofL’s Belknap Campus in addition to the downtown Muhammad Ali Center.

    This year’s offerings are from Bolivia, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Dominican Republic and the United States.

    The Spanish section of UofL’s classical and modern languages department organizes the film festival in conjunction with the Spanish language newspaper Al Dia en America.

    For a listing of the festival films, descriptions, times, location 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.