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Milwaukee Premiere of Academy Award Nominee, Balseros; also: Senorita Extraviada

Balseros – Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Film 2003- Tuesday, Milwaukee Premiere PLEASE NOTE: at our request, In order to accommodate individuals wishing to also attend the 7pm UWM Union screening of Senorita Extraviada on Tuesday April 27, the Union Cinema is adding a second showing of Balseros at 9:10pm. See below. Tuesday, April 27 — 7pm & also at 9:10pm UWM Union Theatre 2200 E Kenwood Blvd Balseros – Milwaukee Premiere – Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Film 2003 (Carlos Bosch & Josep M. Domenech, Spain, 120 min., English and Spanish w/Eng. St., 35mm, 2002) A true story, chronicling the human adventure of people who are shipwrecked between two worlds, Balseros (“the rafters”) documents the often unseen story of the harrowing and dangerous journey many Cubans make in order to immigrate to the United States. In the summer of 1994, seven would-be emigrants are filmed and interviewed before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts. The filmmakers pick up after the rafters have made it far enough to reach U.S. waters, going on to document their many months of confinement, their individual release, and the travels each one of them makes to a string of cities which these men and women will eventually decide to call “home.” “Technically astounding, the emotional equivalent of a raft on high seas,” John Anderson, NEWSDAY $4 Student, $5 General Note that the second showing above will allow people to also see this important presentation: Tuesday, April 27 – 7pm Fireside Lounge, UWM Union (2200 E Kenwood Blvd) UW-Milwaukee Senorita Extraviada Missing Young Woman Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo documents a chilling two-year search for truth. This documentary is the haunting story of more than 200 unsolved murders of young women of Juarez, Mexico. Portillo attempts to reveal the lost lives buried in the midst of Juarez’s international mystique in a film that is visually poetic yet unflinching in its gaze at underreported human rights abuses and violence about women. Kristin Ruggiero, Associate Professor of History and Director of the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will facilitate a brief discussion after the film.