King’s College will host free screenings of the films “The Official Story,” “A Day Without A Mexican,” “Crash,” and “The Other Side of Immigration” as part of the Fifth Annual Diversity Film Festival at King’s College. Screenings will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 7, respectively, in the Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, on North River Street.
The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1985, “The Official Story” centers on a high school teacher who sets out to find out the birth mother of her adopted daughter and soon realizes that her daughter could be the child of a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina's last military dictatorship.
The 2004 mockumentary "A Day Without a Mexican" offers a satirical look at the consequences if the United States Mexican population suddenly disappeared. A series of characters show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California’s economy, law enforcement, education systems and the resulting social unrest. The film was awarded a special jury prize at the Gramado Film Festival.
The recipient of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, “Crash” is an ensemble drama about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. Starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon, several characters' stories interweave over two days in L.A., including a detective, gang members, a district attorney and his pampered wife, a locksmith, police officers and a Hollywood director.
The 2009 documentary “The Other Side of Immigration” explores why many Mexicans have migrated the United States and what’s happened to the families and communities they’ve left behind. Based on over 700 interviews, the film was winner of the American Library Association Notable Video Award.
The annual Hispanic Film Festival is co-sponsored by The Office of College Diversity and the McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program.