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Festival de Cine: The Empty Classroom

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 - 6 p.m.

Location: DiStefano Lecture Hall

Event Type: Public Event

Audience: Public

Cost: $10 (Salve Regina students, faculty and staff free with University ID)

The second annual Festival de Cine is a Hispanic film festival hosted by Salve Regina, featuring five entertaining and thoughtful films from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

Nearly half of all young people in Latin America never finish high school. To explore this dropout crisis, Gael Garcia Bernal gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers to create "The Empty Classroom," a captivating anthology of short films, both narrative and documentary. Each short delves into the underlying reasons - from poverty to societal traditions - that students aren't graduating. This omnibus features films from Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia. Among many issues, the films explore the links between the dropout crisis and violence, how to identify students at risk of dropping out of school, the lack of interest in school, school exclusion in indigenous communities, the relationship between the financial cost to staying in school and its benefits, and what happens when dropouts want to go back.

Tickets for individual screenings are $10 and festival passes to all films and events are $40. Tickets and festival passes are available online or at the door.