Dec. 14 — SBMA to present Latin American Film Series: Unrest, Distance, and the Future Ixcanul

November 1, 2017

Courtesy photo.

Thursday, December 14, 5:30 pm

Latin American Film Series: Unrest, Distance, and the Future


The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters’ customs and beliefs,Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people. Spanish and Kaqchikel with English subtitles (91 min.)


This represents the final film in a series that delves into relationships between cinema and truth, individuals and their environment, and the place of stories as engaged social practice. Organized by SBMA and curated by UCSB Professor of Film and Media Studies, Cristina Venegas, this special series correlates to three of the Santa Barbara-based Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions: Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now (SBMA); Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present (MCASB); and The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement, Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño Alcalá (AD&A Museum, UCSB).


  • Mary Craig Auditorium
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara


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