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Grant to Bring Iberoamerican Cinema to Colleges

Spanish Film Club (SFC)
, an initiative by film distribution company PRAGDA, offers grants twice a year to help high
schools and universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and
Latin American
cinema to campuses to introduce students to the language and cultures of
these territories. To date more than 100 schools have participated in the program.

The
inventive model allows schools to select a minimum of five films from a
catalog to create a film festival on campus. A committee of American
and
Spanish experts in Spanish language cinema has made an eclectic and
diverse selection of films featuring first-time filmmakers and
established masters
alike. All films feature English subtitles. Representing 19
countries, the films renew every year. Spanish Film Club also allows the
organization of
virtual Q&As with filmmakers and provides with all the necessary
material for its promotion.

The project’s ultimate goal is to introduce students and a generally broader audience to the cultures of these territories and to create a stable
exhibition platform of the latest Spanish and Portuguese language cinema.

 The Next Grant Deadline is April 1, 2015, visit HERE for more information 

Some of the latest films available for programming include:

-“Paraiso” (Mexico)
-“Los Bañistas” (Mexico)
-“The Liberator” (Venezuela)
-“Mr. Kaplan” (Uruguay)
-“Wrinkles” (Spain)
-“Who Is Dayani Cristal?” (Mexico/U.S.)
-“Bad Hair” (Venezuela)
-“7 Boxes” (Paraguay)

Outside of a few well-known exceptions, there is very little distribution of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema throughout universities. One of
Pragda’s goals is to provide professors and educators from every department access to materials rarely or never seen within North America and other
territories. In addition, we are interested in opening markets for films that would normally have a difficult time reaching general audiences. Knowledge
and cultural exchange are keys in a country where Hispanics are the largest minority.

SFC was created to answer the following questions by students and professors:

1. Why can’t professors teach about Human Rights, for instance, with new, exciting, and up-to-date documentaries?

2. One of the best ways of learning a language is through films and TV, why can’t we use these tools in class?

3. I don’t have the resources to travel, but I love learning about the many cultures addressed in class. I wish professors could explain the different
customs of the regions they teach with more illustrative tools than books.

4. Wouldn’t it be terrific to watch never-before-seen films in Spanish, right on my university campus?

5. How could I meet students from other university departments who share the same love for Spanish culture?

6. I am tired of watching always the same Hollywood stories, but there are no art-house theaters in my university town. Can’t the university organize
alternative screenings of national and independent cinemas?

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