Cine Las Americas, known for its yearly film festival, supports Latin filmmakers by screening films throughout the year. It has screened more than 1,200 films in 14 years. The non-profit organization also promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The organization also partners with local schools in Austin to create media education programs to serve the minority youth in Austin.
In collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Cine Las Americas presents Literature in Mexican Cinema; a series that highlights recognized authors in Latin American literature. Aside from showcasing the authors on the screen, the series also features some of the best directors, cinematographers and actors.
Today the series comes to an end with Santa, based on the novel by Federico Gamboa and directed by Antonio Moreno. As the first film with synchronic sound in Mexico, the drama narrates the story of Santa, a young woman who is expelled from Chimalistac after the general she falls in love with abandons her. Forced into prostitution, she becomes the center of rivalry between a bullfighter, a general and a blind pianist.
Santa will be screened for free today at 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Mexican American Cultural Center located at 600 River St.
Watch a clip from Santa below: