This Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, and the Foreign Language Institute, presents a wide range of award-winning movies spanning different parts of the world.
Jayro Bustamante/France, Guatamala/62 min./Maya and Spanish, with English subtitles
Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the plantation overseer. But Maria doesn't sit back and accept her destiny. Pepe, a young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the USA, becomes her possible way out. Maria seduces Pepe in order to run away with him, but after promises and clandestine meetings, Pepe takes off, leaving her pregnant, alone and in disgrace. There's no time to lose for Maria's mother, who thinks abortion is the only solution.