About América

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This nuanced adaptation of Esmeralda Santiago’s novel América’s Dream (1997) retraces the plight of a Puerto Rican mother named América, as she flees an abusive lover from her native Puerto Rico. Seeking refuge and a new life in New York, América befriends three domestic coworkers—a Mexican, a Colombian, and a Dominican. With their support, she sets out to find and reconnect with her runaway 14-year-old daughter, and in the process is forced to confront the cycle of violence that haunts her. (35mm presentation)

Director Sonia Fritz is scheduled to be present.

Event sponsors include Latino Studies Program, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA), College of Arts and Sciences’ Ostrom Grants Program, College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI), La Casa – IU Latino Cultural Center, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of American Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Communication & Culture, Department of History, and IU Cinema.

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