Auburn University museum, foreign languages department to present Spanish language film series

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts will co-sponsor five foreign films as part of a Spanish Language Film Club series beginning Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

“In the films, you can hear the rhythm of the natural language and its natural inflections in context,” said David Zuwiyya, a professor of foreign language at Auburn. “Language learners will hear the very same vocabulary from their classes and see it in the subtitles. These films are from all over the Hispanic world so we will be hearing the Spanish of native-speakers with many different accents and dialects.”

Zuwiyya said that even those not enrolled in a language course might find appeal in this series.

“I think the American viewing public will find that these films are less action packed and more thought provoking and open to interpretation,” Zuwiyya said. “Hispanic films can also be less linear than one might find in blockbusters. The series should provide a cultural experience right here in Auburn like one might find in New York City, Washington or Los Angeles. The audience will also see our neighbors to the south as people with many of the same problems, concerns, dreams and aspirations as we have.”

The films include: “Before Opening Night” (“Antes del Estreno”) from Argentina on Jan. 29, “Chico & Rita” (“Chico & Rita”) from Spain and Great Britain on Jan. 31, “Marimbas From Hell” (“Las Marimbas del Infierno”) from Guatemala, Mexico and France on Feb. 5, “From the Land to Your Table” (“¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Tomate?”) from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Spain on Feb. 12, and “The Island Inside” (“La Isla Interior”) from Spain on Feb. 21, 2013. All films begin at 6 p.m. and include English subtitles.

Tickets are free but seating is limited; advance registration is encouraged. Go to for tickets.

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.

Since Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art opened to the public in October 2003, more than 300,000 people have visited exhibitions and educational programs. This education program is one of many in a yearlong observance of the museum’s 10th anniversary in 2013. For additional programming and exhibition information, visit

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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