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Espejuelos oscuros (Dark Glasses)
dir. Jessica Rodríguez
Cuba, 2015, 90 minutes
Spanish, with English sub-titles

21st Latin American Film Festival
Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:00 pm
In her feature film debut, Jessica Rodríguez gives a spirited and compelling Cuban spin to the classic tales of “One Thousand and One Nights” while paying tribute to legendary Cuban director Humberto Solás’ equally classic 1968 film, LUCIA.

Esperanza is a blind woman who lives alone in the Cuban countryside. When Mario, a criminal on-the-run, breaks into her house and threatens to have his way with her, Esperanza distracts him by sharing three of the dozens of tales she has written about “common people worth remembering”; each takes place during a different period of Cuba’s recent history.

A marvellous film about the power of storytelling, starring the incomparable Luis Alberto Garcia.