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Hispanic Film Festival

March-April 2021


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Free admission

Join us for the online edition of the Hispanic Film Festival on the UT campus featuring independent award-winning films in Spanish, with English subtitles, and introductory talks by UT professors.

Film Schedule

The Wall. The Effect of Imposing Presence on Immigrant Families El chico que miente (The Kid who Lies) Guaraní Los gigantes no existen (Giants Don’t Exist) Ni héroe ni traidor (Neither Hero nor Traitor)
The Wall. The Effect of Imposing Presence on Immigrant Families
Stephanie Schiavenato, Meredith Hoffman, Sarah Kuck, Laura Herrero Garvín, Scott Boehm, Peter Johnston, Sara Gozalo
United States
March 09-16
El chico que miente (The Kid who Lies)
Marité Ugás
March 16-23
Luis Zorraquín
Argentina, Paraguay
March 23-30
Los gigantes no existen (Giants Don’t Exist)
Chema Rodríguez
March 30-April 6
Ni héroe ni traidor (Neither Hero nor Traitor)
Nicolás Savignone


Invisible Heroes: African Americans in the Spanish Civil War
April 6th, 7 PM ET
Invisible Heroes: African Americans in the Spanish Civil War
A documentary by Alfonso Domingo and Jordi Torrent
Presentation and Q&A session with Jordi Torrent.


Pictures courtesy of Pragda. The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN Arts & Culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. Warning: Films may contain adult content and some degree of violence.

Spanish Film Club  Pragda  SPAIN Arts & Culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain   Spain Arts & Cluture



De Ann Pendry ( is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, who teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, American Cultures, Latinos in the U.S., Cultures of Mexico or Central America, Migration and Transnationalism, Dynamics of Health and Illness, and Principles of Cultural Anthropology.  Her research interests include migration, immigrant rights, health care, Latinos in the U.S., and Latin America, especially Mexico and Central America.  Publications include “Immigrant Rights Struggle and Immigration Enforcement in Tennessee” (2018), “Urgent Need to Address Punitive Immigration Policies” (2016) and “Seeking to Understand the Politics of Immigration in Tennessee” (2011).  Since 2005 she has been working with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Comité Popular de Knoxville, and Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors.  For that work she has won awards, including the 2013 Espíritu Latino from Centro Hispano for allies of the Latino community in Knoxville.  Her dissertation analyzed power relations in diabetes care for low-income Mexican Americans in Texas and her master’s thesis compared religion and politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  In 2019 Dr. Pendry and Dr. Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj obtained a grant from the School for Advanced Research to facilitate a 5-day gathering of Maya activists and scholars to discuss causes of migration and consider sustainable future economic options for indigenous women and men in Guatemala, which was scheduled for June 2020 and has been postponed due to COVID-19.  Dr. Pendry also has collaborated with Dr. Melesio Peter Espinoza on projects, including conducting workshops in 2014 in Nicaragua with Miskitu secondary teachers, community leaders and artists and translating his article, “Nicaraguan Miskitus and Changes in U.S. Politics” (2018).

Jana Morgan is professor of political science at the University of Tennessee as well as politics and international relations editor at the Latin American Research Review. She teaches courses on the politics of Latin America and the politics of marginalization and representation. In her research, Professor Morgan analyzes how democracies across the Americas have frequently failed to confront entrenched patterns of marginalization along the axes of class, race, ethnicity, and gender and considers how these weaknesses in the functioning of democracy have significant costs for the lived experiences of ordinary citizens and for the stability and survival of democratic regimes themselves. Professor Morgan is author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters as well as two books. Her award-winning book Bankrupt Representation and Party System Collapse, which is based on 18 months of field work in Venezuela, demonstrates how political parties’ failure to provide tangible linkages to voters causes party system disintegration and opens the door to anti-system outsiders. You can learn more about Professor Morgan at her website:

Her research interests are deeply rooted in her personal and intellectual concerns with political, economic, and socio-spatial processes of marginalization and contestation. Her current research projects center around these broad issues through an exploration of how the poor struggle to live and remain in the city despite government practices and policies and economic structures that exclude them from access to formal housing. Employing qualitative and ethnographic methods, she addresses social dimensions of urban development by examining how struggles for access to housing and to remain in the city are routinely lived and experienced by poor urban populations and the social organizations that represent them. These interests have most recently found intellectual purchase in Latin America and through engagements with Latino immigrant communities in the U.S.

Graciela Cabana is associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Her research expertise is in anthropological genetics and the socio-political interpretations of genetic testing in Argentina.

Jordi Torrent (Gerona , April 21, 1955) is a film director, screenwriter and producer. Author of “East on the Compass”, premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival in 2005, and selected in 2006 by the “Film Society of Lincoln Center” for a program celebrating the first 100 years of Catalan cinema, Torrent has years of experience in the audiovisual world, and as a teacher.

In 1989, in New York, he founded Duende Pictures, the production company through which he and his partners have provided production support services to films and film projects. Among them; “My life without me” by the director Isabel Coixet, “Things that I forgot to remember" by the director Enrique Oliver. Its production company has also supported the production of television programs for a variety of companies, including: Ficciones del Sur, La Zamfona, Imatco, Tacsa and OvideoTV. 

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