Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:28pm

JCC’s modern languages program will present a Latin American film series this fall.

The series is made possible with the support of the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities, Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Pragda offers grants twice a year to help high schools and universities bring the best contemporary films to campuses with the aim of introducing students to Spanish and Latin American language and cultures. More than 100 schools have participated in the program so far.

Films will be shown at JCC’s sites in Jamestown and Olean. The screenings, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. in Carnahan Theatre (Jamestown) and Cutco Theatre (Olean).

El Facilitador, which will be screened on September 6 in Olean and September 13 in Jamestown, features the efforts by a young woman to help members of an Ecuadorian indigenous community and resolve family secrets.

Ixcanul, Volcan, shown on September 20 in Jamestown and October 4 in Olean, examines the plight of Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl who lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala.

An older Cuban woman decides to take a chance on obtaining a U.S. travel visa during Pequenas Mentiras, which will be shown on September 20 in Olean and October 12 in Jamestown.

After living in New York City for 10 years, a young man returns to his native Costa Rica, where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran from in El Regreso. Screenings are set for October 18 in Jamestown and November 15 in Olean.

Tambien la Lluvia, shown on October 25 in Olean and November 2 in Jamestown, mixes the narratives of a crew about to begin filming in Bolivia with privatization of water rights.

Additional information on the film selections can be obtained by calling JCC, 716.338.1159.

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