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THE OTHER CONQUEST, A SPANISH LANGUAGE FILM DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY TWO FORMER BARD STUDENTS, WILL BE SCREENED AT UPSTATE FILMS ON APRIL 22 A question-and-answer session will follow the screening with director Salvador Carrasco
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Latin American and Iberian Studies Program will present a screening of the Spanish-language film, The Other Conquest (La Otra Conquista), produced and directed by two former Bard College students, Salvador Carrasco and Alvaro Domingo. The screening, free and open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. There will be questions and answers after the screening with Carrasco, the director of the film.
The Other Conquest is described as an epic drama of faith and courage set in the aftermath of the 1521 Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in Mexico. The Mexican premiere of the film was in 1999; Universal Studios will release the film nationally this year. As the highest grossing Mexican dramatic film ever released in that country, the film drew an audience of more than one million during its four-month run. Released in 2000 in California, The Other Conquest received critical acclaim. "In his bravura feature debut, Carrasco has created nothing less than a dazzling vision of the birth of a uniquely Mexican religion born of the searing fusion of Catholic and Aztec deities," writes Kevin Thomas in the Los Angeles Times. "This epic film is an impassioned assertion that the proud Aztec spirit lives on in Mexico's culture despite the horrific efforts of the conquistadors and their priests to eradicate every vestige of the Aztec heritage of the vanquished natives."
The executive producer of The Other Conquest is tenor Placido Domingo, who sings an original aria for the film with lyrics by director Carrasco and music by Samuel Zyman. Domingo is the father of the film's producer, Alvaro. The international cast includes Damian Delgado, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Iñaki Aierra, Honorato Magaloni, and Zaide Silvia Guiterrez.
For further information, call David Tavarez, assistant professor and director of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Bard College, at 845-758-7545 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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