Miami, Sept. 13, 2022 – From film presentations to poetry, lectures, dance, and the flavors of Hispanic cuisine, Miami Dade College (MDC) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with various in-person and online events in September and October. Most events are free and open to the public.
With the theme “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” this year’s celebration encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.
Below is a list of some of MDC’s Hispanic Heritage Month events:
Sept. 15, 2022 – March 1, 2023
Viewpoints: Photographs from the EFE Archives
MDC Padron Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave., Room 3113
Presented by the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at MDC in collaboration with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the exhibition features images chosen from EFE, the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency.
“Te leo un cuento” con Legna Rodríguez Iglesias y Kelly Martínez-Grandal
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 pm
MDC’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street
A Miami Book Fair event in collaboration with MDC’s Koubek Center, “Te Leo un Cuento” is an encounter with award-winning Cuban authors Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Kelly Martínez-Grandal. They will read their stories and discuss characteristics of the genre and their creative relationship with it.
Hispanic Heritage Health Fair
Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
MDC Padron Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave.
In this event, open to the community, attendees will receive free screenings and information about common health problems in the Hispanic community.
Poesías Latinoamericanas Poetry Reading
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.
MDC West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1109
Cuban poet Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, winner of the 2016 Paz Prize for Poetry, will read poems from Latin American authors to highlight Hispanic culture through literature. Event attendees will be gifted her book, Miami Century Fox.
Hispanic Film Festival
Monday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct.23
Available all day virtually
An invitation to view four award-winning Hispanic films. Screenings will feature discussions about the movies and their themes. Selections include:
- Illiterate (Las analfabetas): a Chilean film, winner of the Audience Award for Best Film at the Santiago International Film Festival. Plot: Ximena is an illiterate woman in her fifties who has learned to live independently to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline is a young unemployed elementary school teacher who tries to convince Ximena to take reading classes. One day, Jackeline finds Ximena’s secret treasure: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before. View the film at: https://pragda.com/film/illiterate/.
- Chinese Take Away (Un Cuento Chino): Argentine film winner of Best Ibero American Film at the Goya Awards. Plot: Roberto, a gruff, anti-social loner lords over his tiny hardware shop in Buenos Aires, barely allowing for the slightest customer foibles. After a chance encounter with Jun, a Chinese man who has arrived in Argentina looking for his only living relative, Roberto takes him in. This film was Argentina’s biggest homegrown box-office success in 2011 and featured Argentina’s top actor Ricardo Darín. View the film at: https://pragda.com/film/chinese-take-away/?sfc=1
- Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben): A coproduction from France, Spain and Italy, this film was the official Selection Competition Opening Film and Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Ricardo DarÍn star in this psychological thriller from Academy Award winning director Asghar Farhadi. Plot: Laura (Penélope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns with her children to her hometown outside Madrid for a wedding. The mood is festive, and many faces from the past are present, including Paco (Javier Bardem), a longtime friend of the family. When Laura’s daughter goes missing, and text messages arrive asking for ransom, the happy reunion turns into a nightmarish territory, bringing secrets into the open. View the film at: https://pragda.com/film/everybody-knows/?sfc=1
- My Name Is Gennet (Mi Nombre es Gennet): This Spanish film was the Official Selection of the Panama International Film Festival and the Zaragoza Film Festival. Plot: Based on a true story, this poignant and inspirational film follows the life of Gennet Corcuera, from her childhood in extreme poverty in Ethiopia to her achievement as the first Deaf-Blind woman to obtain a university degree in Europe. The film gathers her memories, marked by her difficult process of integration and learning in a world where there was no place for people like her. View the film at: https://pragda.com/film/my-name-is-gennet/?sfc=1
For a complete list of events, visit https://calendar.mdc.edu/hispanic_heritage.