Recently, the New York Film Academy worked with the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles to present the Itinerant Mexican Film Program – screenings that celebrate the cinematic and artistic history of Mexico. Thursday featured a pre-screening reception with Andres Webster Henestrosa (cultural attache from the Mexican Consulate), and a few honor students from Mexico, invited by the diversity department.
In his remarks before the screening of “El principio” (The Beginning) Thursday evening, Consul Webster spoke to the importance of showing films by Mexican filmmakers. “I think now that Mexican filmmakers are more recognized…[we want to] show people that Mexican creators are very strong in history.”
He also spoke to the importance of changing the current perception of people from Mexico, saying that they want to show people from Mexico “a different way than is commonly known — movies are important for this.”
Consul Webster concluded his introduction by saying, “with this project we want to show that Mexico is a very rich culture…cinema is powerful.”
The screenings continued on Saturday July 23rd, with “La Pasión según Berenice” (The Passion of Berenice) at noon, and “El lugar sin Límites” (Hell Without Limits) at 2pm.