Los Hamsters

Los Hamsters is a delightfully dark social satire about a riotously dysfunctional Tijuana family. The parents and two teenagers are going to such lengths to hide secrets from each other that they are completely oblivious to the drama in the others lives. Emerging Mexican filmmaker Gil Gonzalez has crafted a comedy that packs a lot of punch through subtly drawn family dynamics reflecting contemporary middle class society worldwide. [Gil Gonzalez, 2014, Mexico, 71 min]

Short Film: The Contreras Family A comedy about a family engaging in illicit activity they are hiding from each other. [Alejandro Becerril El.as, 2014, Mexico, 12 min]

MENU Mini Beef Empanadas with Spicy Aioli, Carnitas Tacos with Black Beans and Spanish Rice, Churros. Vegetarian options available upon request, visit artpower.ucsd.edu for menu. Drinks sold separately.

The Spirit of the Beehive

Directed by Victor Erice, The Spirit of the Beehive is widely regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of the 1970s. Six-year-old Ana attends a traveling screening of Frankenstein in her small Castilian village. She becomes possessed by the memory of it, and is determined to find the monster herself. Visually arresting, the film is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life.

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Appetizer: papas bravas with smoky aioli; Entrée: chicken with Catalan picada and herbed rice, vegetarian option: please call 858.822.3199; Dessert: flan with brandied berries and mint

I Wish

After being separated from his brother by their parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. Portrayed by real-life brothers Kôki and Ôhshirô Maeda, the pair develops a plan to reunite with each other.

“ . . . as unaffected, spirited, and lovable as I can imagine.”—Roger Ebert

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Appetizer: tempura shrimp and veggies; Entrée: sugar & soy-glazed salmon, jasmine rice, and roasted asparagus, vegetarian option: please call 858.822.3199; Dessert: matcha cake with berry buttercream and ginger creme anglaise

The First Movie

The First Movie is a tribute to the imaginative resilience of children. When filmmaker Mark Cousins traveled to Goptapa, a small Kurdish village in Northern Iraq devastated by Saddam Hussein’s regime, he discovered children who have known nothing but war. The children were given camcorders and they created their own movies filled with wonder and boundless imagination. The resulting films are the true gift of The First Movie. Get a glimpse of a different Iraq and the world through the transformative lens of a child’s eyes.

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Appetizer: summag salad; Entrée: lamb & chicken kabobs, seasonal veggies, and warm pita, vegetarian option: please call 858.822.3199; Dessert: bread pudding with Irish coffee sauce & vanilla ice cream

ArtTalk

Stefan Elnabli, Panelist
Stefan Elnabli is UC San Diego Library’s Media Curation Librarian, overseeing media collections and providing strategic direction in the Library’s development and management of moving image resources. Elnabli’s engagement with visual culture spans the areas of cinema studies, archival preservation, and film programming/projection. His past appointments include positions with WNET Channel 13 Digital Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Doc Films at the University of Chicago, and digital preservation units within major university libraries including New York University, Stanford University, and Northwestern University. Elnabli holds an M.A. in moving image archiving and preservation from New York University.

Rebecca Romani, Panelist
Rebecca Romani holds an M.A. in television film and new media from San Diego State University (SDSU). She has lived and worked in Belgium, France, and Morocco. Her writing on Middle Eastern film has appeared in Cineaste Magazine and Al Jadid as well as on KPBS.org and the Levantine Review. She has also taught classes on Middle Eastern film, film noir, and other genres for SDSU Osher and led discussions at the Downtown Public Library. She is the project director of the multi-media project Arabs Anonymous No Hay Moros, which has produced film screenings, art shows and concerts by artist of Middle Eastern descent.