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 Date: April 24, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler 361-570-4350

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Movie night to feature Academy Award-winning film


 

University of Houston-Victoria students, faculty and staff can find out more about one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century during a movie night scheduled May 1.

 

Frida Movie Poster
The Mexican American Student Organization/Rosebud Film Society Movie Night will feature a showing of “Frida,” a film about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a severe injury and her stormy marriage to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera into her art. The film won two Academy Awards in 2002 and was nominated for several others, including a Best Actress nomination for Salma Hayek.

 

Salome Chavarria
“A lot of people may not know who Frida is, and those who do may misunderstand her. We hope the film will promote awareness of Mexican culture. This is what MASO is all about,” said Rosa Muzquiz, a UHV computer science major and one of the organizers of the event.

 

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with drinks and appetizers in the banquet room of Las Palmas Mexican Café, 6007 N. Main St. Salome Chavarria, a visiting professor from Mexico who is teaching Spanish at UHV this semester, chose the movie and will give a speech about Kahlo from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

 

“I think it’s a really interesting movie,” Chavarria said. “I admire Frida. She was hurt physically, yet she still had the courage to enjoy life through her painting.”

 

The movie will be shown following Chavarria’s speech. The event is open only to UHV faculty, staff and students.

 

Organizers of the movie night hope to increase awareness about both MASO and the Rosebud Film Society and recruit new members to the organizations. The purpose of MASO is to promote the advancement of Hispanic students at UHV and in the community. For more information about MASO, e-mail maso@uhv.edu.

 

The Rosebud Film Society is open to all UHV faculty, staff, alumni and students. The group meets once a month during the semester to view and talk about a film. For more information about the film society, e-mail President Marcus Taylor at mdt9981@yahoo.com.

 

 

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