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Wednesday, September 14th

CINEMA ECUADOR Film Series: Ratas, Ratones, y Rateros

Join us for the premiere film in our Cinema Ecuador Film Series, Ratas, Ratones, y Rateros! Originally released in 1999, Ratas, Ratones, y Rateros arrived in theaters at the dawn of political and economic upheaval in Ecuador, and broke ground for the burgeoning of contemporary Ecuadorian cinema. The film tells the story of a young thief from Quito whose life is upended after the arrival of his cousin, an ex-convict with a bounty on his head. Considered the first prestigious work of cinema to be produced in Ecuador, its impact reverberates across a generation.

Learn more about Ratas, Ratones, y Rateros and watch the trailer here.

Reitz Union Auditorium
686 Museum Rd, Gainesville, FL 32603

Charles Eady
Sunday, September 18th

Meet the Author: Charles Eady, "Hidden Freedom: The South Before Racism

Charles Eady, author and contemporary visual artist uses art to examine long-held beliefs about the South. His paintings open dialogue little-known facts about Southern History. His emphasis for the past decade has been on the lives of those living in the South before the Civil War. His unique artistic language layers art into history, and paintings emphasis for the past decase has been on the lives of those living in the South before the Civil War.

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Maria Leite
Sunday, October 16th

My Journey: Maria Leite: An Immigrant's Story Exhibition

Opening reception and live outdoor concert. Exhibition runs through December 2022

Through the exploration of visual art, film and lectures, this exhibition will show the intersectional identities of the Latinx/Afro Brazilian communities and the similarities to the African American communities of West and North Central Florida and their sacred third places.

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