International Film Festival: “Violeta Went to Heaven” Preview

The SUU languages and philosophy department is hosting the annual International Film Festival from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 in the Sharwan Smith Student Theatre, room 161D.

The film festival will screen “Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se fue a los cielos)” on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The film, directed by Andrés Wood, has an 80-minute runtime, and is the final film of the festival.

Associate professor of music and A.P.E.X. director Dr. Lynn Vartan will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Here is a brief description of the film from the film festival’s web page:

“An unconventional biography of a deeply influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile’s history, ‘Violeta Went to Heaven’ stars Francisca Gavilán as Violeta Parra, treasurer and guardian of Chile’s deepest musical traditions and a woman of intense contradictions and unique genius.

A singer, songwriter, author, poet, painter and ethnomusicologist, Parra rescued a forgotten traditional culture, traveling throughout Chile to research Chilean traditional music, collecting songs and lyrics for an unprecedented project of recovery and revival that sparked a Latin American folk music movement, the nueva canción.”

Click here for more information on the International Film Festival.

Story by
Andrew Leavitt

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SUU Language and Philosophy Department