Manchuca film still

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Machuca.

About the film
Winner of the Most Popular International Film at the 2004 Vancouver International Film Festival, Machuca is the story of two young boys in Santiago and how their lives were affected by the 1973 overthrow of President Salvador Allende by General Augusto Pinochet. Gonzalo Infante comes from a liberal, bourgeois family. He attends a Catholic prep school when Father McEnroe decides to allow a number of poor neighbourhood students to enroll.

Machuca film still

Pedro Machuca is the son of the Infante’s cleaning lady and the two boys become pals. As the Allende government becomes more and more threatened, the boys’ changing friendship becomes a metaphor for the tensions that helped destroy a nation.

Carmen Aguirre

This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Carmen Aguirre, a Vancouver based theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written and co-written 20 plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, and The Refugee Hotel.

Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was recently published by Douglas & McIntyre and won the 2012 Canada Reads contest on CBC. Carmen has over 60 film, TV, and stage acting credits to her name, and is a theater workshop facilitator and acting instructor at the Vancouver Film School.

Vancity Cinema Salon with Carmen Aguirre Presents Machuca
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 7:30
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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