Santiago-born Pablo Larraín’s 2016 biopic about Chile’s Communist poet and senator co-stars Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín also helmed 2012’s No with Bernal about Chile’s plebiscite that ousted General Pinochet and 2016’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy following JFK’s assassination. Commemorate the 45th anniversary of that other CIA-backed coup, Pinochet’s bloody overthrow of a democratically-elected President, Salvador Allende, in September, 1973.
WHAT: Screening of Neruda; 1 hour and 47 minutes. Film historian/critic Ed Rampell intros the film, followed by Q&A.
LIVE POETRY READING - Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo read poems by Neruda and themselves. Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar. Her poetry/writing/work has been featured by KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio, Left Coast Forum, Southwestern American Literature, Latino Rebels, Inside Higher Education, Telesur English, American Federation of Teachers, The Huffington Post and more. (See: www.irenesanchezphd.com.) The poetry of El Sereno-born Matt Sedillo has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, CSPAN and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. It is at times a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. (See: www.mattsedillo.com.)
WHEN: Program starts 7:00 p.m., screening by 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 27.
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Where: The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, L.A., CA 90019. (A couple of blocks west of Pico & Western intersection just north off Pico.) Refreshments served. Donations requested.
Marx @ 200: The Marxist Movie Series commemorates the bi-centennial of Karl Marx’s birth by screening films by and/or about Marxists. For full schedule see: https://www.gofundme.com/marx-200-the-marxist-movie-serie. For info: 200MarxMMS@gmail.com.
REMEMBER Poet Pablo Neruda and President Salvador Allende, REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER!