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Saint Xavier University to serve as venue for 21st Annual International Latino Film Festival

Slate of films to run at university April 8-20

CHICAGO (March 31, 2005) – Saint Xavier University will be an official venue for the 21st Annual Chicago International Latino Film Festival. Saint Xavier will join theaters, community centers and other universities in screening films that challenge stereotypes and recognize the diversity within the Latino identity, formed by more than 20 Iberoamerican countries.

Last fall, the Latino/Latin American Studies Program organized a film festival that concluded with a lecture by Pepe Vargas, the director of the Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago International Latino Film Festival. Vargas suggested Saint Xavier expand its reach and become a partner in the film festival. This is Saint Xavier’s first year as a venue.

“The Chicago International Latino Film Festival covers a lot of territory and always seems to bring out some great, unknown films,” said Alex Trillo, professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Latino/Latin American studies program. “In addition, viewers will have the opportunity to learn how diverse Latinos and the countries that make up Latin America are, while gaining insight to some of the important issues in Latino/Latin American communities.”

The festival is open to the community. Admission is $1 for students and children, $2 for SXU faculty and staff and $3 for adults.

Films in the Chicago International Latino Film Festival to be shown at SXU are:

• “Boricua,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, in S-101. 
• “Lima ¡Was!” and “Pasajero: A Journey of Time and Memory,” at 2 p.m., April 10, in S-101. Both films will be shown again at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11 in S-101. 
• “María Escobar,” 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, in S-101. 
• “Adelante Muchachas!” and “Doble Llave y Cadena,” 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in S-101. 
• “Mission Movie,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, April 18 in S-101.
• Encore of “Adelante Muchachas!” and “Doble Llave y Cadena” 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in S-101.

For more information, contact Alex Trillo at (773) 298-3453 or e-mail trillo@sxu.edu. For more information about the Chicago International Latino Film Festival, visit www.latinoculturalcenter.org/Filmfest. 
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