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Narco Cultura

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By David Johanssen

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by “narco-corrido” music which praises their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new “American dream” fueled by the thrills of money, drugs, and violence.

This week, Shelter Theater presents Narco Cultura, an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narco-corrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juárez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s drug war. The Washington Post says, “This haunting documentary contrasts songs saluting Mexican drug lords as heroic bandits with the harrowing reality of life in murder-stained Juárez.” We will have a discussion on how to deal with this glamorization of criminality after the documentary.

We continue to explore Hollywood’s love affair with Francisco “Pancho” Villa on Friday, September 22, at 5pm with And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. Filmed almost entirely in and around San Miguel, this HBO film recounts the odd story of Pancho Villa’s film career when he invited American filmmakers to film his heroic battles against the Mexican government. What results is a surreal film-within-a-film as silent film stars compete with Pancho’s outsized ego (as magnificently portrayed by Antonio Banderas) for the camera’s affection. You are sure to see faces and places you know in this epic film!

Y Tu Mamá También will be shown on Friday, September 29, at 5pm. Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote this art-house hit from Mexico. The funny and moving coming-of-age story centers on two teens that get an education in love when they take a road trip with a liberated, unhappily-married woman. L.A. Weekly raves, “Easily one of the sexiest and funniest films about class struggle ever made… fresh and alive!”

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby! Our logo is on the Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner, an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardin. See our calendar at www.sheltervg4.com for dates and online tickets. Shelter Theater’s class space is available for private events. Tai-Chi classes are on Mondays at 10am. Like us on Facebook and Trip Advisor, and look for us on Lokkal/SM Events.

 

Classic Film

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

Fri, Sep 22, 5pm

English

100 pesos

 

Concert on Screen

Sting Live in Berlin

Sat, Sep 23, 6pm

120 pesos

 

Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Sep 26, 7:30pm

50 pesos (incl drink)

 

Documentary and Discussion

Narco Cultura

Wed, Sep 27, 5pm

Spanish/English subtitles

100 pesos

 

Film

Y Tu Mamá También

Fri, Sep 29, 5pm

Spanish/English subtitles

100 pesos

 

Concert on Screen

The Rolling Stones Live in Havana

Sat, Sep 30, 6pm

120 pesos

 

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

 

 

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