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Date: July 22, 2005
Media Contact: Nicolás F. Shi, 202-667-6674 (Latin American Cultural Space); Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College)

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Montgomery College to Host Screening of Documentary About Salvadorian Artists
Activities to Include Discussion with Director and Featured Artists, Aug. 4

Montgomery College will host a screening of the documentary “Arte y Fronteras (Art and Borders)" and a discussion with director Tomas Guevara and the film's featured artists on Thursday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m.  "Arte y Fronteras" focuses on the experiences of Salvadorian artists living and working in the United States.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  The discussion will be in English.  The evening's activities will take place in Room 136 of the Technical Center, located on the College's Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  

The film shows how artists from El Salvador have adapted to their new culture, yet still retain their roots. Featuring 10 artists, it also explores the ties these artists have with Salvadorian communities in the United States and with their homeland.

Each featured artist shows, in his or her own way, the search for identity as an immigrant with: painting (Karla Rodas and Nicolas F. Shi), literature (Mario Bencastro, Mayamerica Cortez and Grego Pineda), photography (Muriel Hasbun and Chamba Acosta), etching (Rosario Moore), film (Paula Heredia) and theater (Rafael Flores).

“Arte y Fronteras” is the first documentary project by independent film producers AngulosFilme under the direction of Tomas Guevara. Interviews with the artists were filmed in Washington, DC and New York City during December 2004 and January 2005. Editing and post-production was done in El Salvador.

There were over 30 hours of film captured in MiniDV digital format and the final video is 32 minutes long. “Arte y Fronteras” was completed in May of 2005 and its premiere was at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia de El Salvador on June 9, 2005.

The screening at Montgomery College is sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Space (LACS), the Art Institute at Montgomery College and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The documentary was made possible in part by a grant given by the Office of Public Affairs of the American Embassy in El Salvador, the support of friends and family in El Salvador and the United States, and the director’s personal resources. A limited number of DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.  

For directions to Montgomery College and a map of the Rockville Campus, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps/.

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