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Indocumentales: La Jaula de Oro

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012 (map)

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CineCLACS, what moves you?, and Cinema Tropical present La Jaula de Oro, a film by Diego Quemada-Diez (in Spanish and English with English subtitles).
With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez).

Starring an impressive ensemble cast of non-professional actors, La Jaula de Oro is the story of three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the U.S. in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil kid from Chiapas who doesn’t speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.

An urgent and timely drama that reflects the plight of migrants as they cross Mexico in their way to search for the American dream, La Jaula de Oro is a powerful and lyrical film that presents a humane and fresh take on contemporary reality, and secures Quemada-Diez as a filmmaker to follow.

About the Director: Born in the Iberian Peninsula, Diego Quemada-Diez was raised in the Spanish cities of Burgos, Logroño and Barcelona, and has lived in the Americas for almost twenty years. He worked as a camera assistant in Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom (1995) and a year later in Isabel Coixet’s Things I Never Told. He studied at the American Film Institute (AFI) and his graduation short film was with the Best Cinematography Award given by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). He worked as a camera operator in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, which enabled him to work with other acclaimed filmmakers such as Fernando Meirelles, Tony Scott, Cesar Charlone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. In 2006, he directed the short film I Want to Be a Pilot, which premiered at Sundance and won more than 50 international awards. In 2010 he participated in Cannes’ Cinéfondation program, where he developed his debut feature La Jaula de Oro.

The film will be followed by a conversation with indigenous film scholar and Assistant Director at CLACS, Amalia Córdova.

Amalia Córdova is a film curator, filmmaker and scholar specializing in indigenous film. She is the Assistant Director of New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and is the former Latin American Program Manager for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s Film and Video Center, where she organized video tours, film festivals and international screenings. She has also been a panelist, moderator, selector and juror at international indigenous film festivals, including the Morelia International Film Festival and the CLACPI International Film and Video Festival of Indigenous Peoples. She has co-directed two documentaries on indigenous art in Chile, a short First Voices , about the New York independent radio program First Voices Indigenous Radio , and is currently co-directing Urban Indians , a web-series on the urban indigenous experience. She has contributed to scholarship on the development of indigenous media in Latin America with several publications, including essays in Film Festival Yearbook 4: Film Festivals and Activism (2012), American Indian magazine (2010), the collection Global Indigenous Media (2008) and Cultural Survival Quarterly  (2005) . She is a former trustee of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, an organization that supports and encourages independent media makers, a board member of the youth media project New Children/New York and a member of the OURmedia international community media network. She is from Santiago, Chile.

Daniel Kaufman is a co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance in New York. As a linguist, Dr Kaufman has focused on languages of the Austronesian family in the Philippines and Indonesia and has published extensively on Tagalog, the basis of the national language of the Philippines. Within the Endangered Language Alliance, his attention has been focused closer to home, on small and endangered languages spoken by immigrant communities in New York City.

Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. For more on Indocumentales click here.

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