Monday, August 10, 2009

Black & Green in El Barrio: Puerto Rican Crime Classics and Ecology-themed Documentaries Under the Stars

A new edition of the Puerto Rican Dream's Summer Fest (formerly the Handball Court Summer Films Series) will be held from tomorrow, August 11, through August 28 at 103rd Street Community Garden, 103rd Street and Park Avenue, East Harlem.

The screenings are scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 PM and will include two classic Puerto Rican crime films from the 1970s, Jeronimo Mitchell Melendez's La Venganza de Correa Cotto (August 11, Spanish, no subtitles, with some graphic scenes; producer Anthony Felton will be available for questions), and Efrain Lopez Neris's La Palomilla (August 12, Spanish, no subtitles, with some graphic scenes; actors Jaime Sanchez and Ritchie Velez will take questions from the audience).

The festival will also include four documentaries: Elisa Perea's Nogales: Aqui Es (August 13, Spanish with English subtitles), on the twin cities of that name expanding both sides of the border between US and Mexico; Taking Root (August 20, English, no subtitles), the story of the Kenyan Green movement; the revealing Addicted to Plastic (August 27, English, no subtitles), and Swim the River (August 28, English, no subtitles), the fascinating story of a man who wanted to swim the entire length of the Hudson, from the Adirondacks to New York City in order to draw attention to its contamination and destruction.

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