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I saw the light

Frida Kahlo

Ansel adams

Film
Ansel Adams
Sat, Aug 6, 2:30pm
English Language
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Few American artists have reached a wider audience or enjoyed more widespread popularity in their own lifetime, than Ansel Adams. None has had more profound an impact on how Americans grasp the majesty of their continent or done more to transform how people think and feel about the meaning of the natural world. A visionary photographer, a pioneer in photographic technique and a crusader for the environment, Adams would take part in an extraordinary revolution: in photography and ways of seeing what he called “the continuous beauty of the things that are.” His greatest photographs would seek to capture “the instant of revelation — of timelessness” amid the evanescence of the natural world. Ansel Adams is the intimate portrait of a great artist and ardent environmentalist—for whom life and art, photography and wilderness, creativity and communication, love and expression were inextricably connected.
Film
Frida Kahlo
Sun, Aug 7, 2pm
Sun, Aug 7, 2pm
English Language
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as Naïve art or folk art.

Documentary
Hummingbirds
Mon, Aug 1, 4pm
Fri, Aug 5, 2pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Hummingbirds take extraordinary to a whole new level. They are the smallest warm-blooded creatures on the planet, but they are also among the fastest. With wings that beat up to 200 times every second, they are among nature’s most accomplished athletes, the only birds able to hover, fly backwards, and even upside down. Hummingbird metabolisms are set in permanent overdrive, requiring them to consume more than half their body weight in nectar every day yet, even so, they remain in constant threat of starving to death as they sleep. To survive the night, they fluff up their feathers and adjust their thermostats, decreasing their body temperatures by half and reducing their heart rate from 600 beats per minute to a mere 36.

Because hummingbirds live their lives in fast forward, much of their fascinating world is typically lost to human perception. But using cameras able to capture over 500 images a second, the hummingbirds’ magical world can finally be seen and appreciated. Amazing footage shows these little powerhouses are far more than delicate nectar gatherers — they are also deadly predators. And watch as the birds display their elaborate mating rituals, showing off with nose dives that subject them to over ten G’s of force — enough to cause an experienced fighter pilot to black out!

These tiny marvels dazzle and delight bird watchers all over the world, and nature reveals their stunning abilities as they have never been seen before.

Film
I Saw the Light
Mon, Aug, 1, 2pm
Wed, Aug 3, 2pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music, this film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

Documentary
History of México
Mon, Aug 1, 1pm
Fri, Aug 5, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos
A special thanks to Cleo Kamelhar for use of her husband Murray Kamelhar’s History of Mexico documentary. Through the voices of four actors and 334 slides, the personalities and events from the Olmecs to the present time come alive. Mexico’s history is a story of victories and defeats under overwhelming odds. Through tragedy and determination, the heroic Mexican people survive in triumph.

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