Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

New Cinema From Latin America: Zona Sur [Southern District]

April 3rd, 2013
7:00PM

Location
Jones Hall 102

Zona Sur [Southern District]
Juan Carlos Valdivia / 108 min / 2011 / Bolivia

La Paz’s Zona Sur neighborhood is Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave and has housed the country’s affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with her self-indulgent, oversexed teenage son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. The scent of impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges quickly changing hands heralds a new era in a seemingly interminable class war. Bolivia’s official entry for the Academy Awards foreign-language film race, this searing portrait of a patrician family in flux eloquently chronicles their final days during a time of intense social change and cogently exposes the bubble of decadence in which they exist.

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This series is sponsored by the Tulane University Film Studies Program‘€™s Silverstein Fund, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute.
The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the
Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with
United States‘€˜ Universities.

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