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Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

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Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

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Into the Beautiful North
Luis Alberto Urrea

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Events

Franklin County Fair

Visit our booth next to the Dole Building--learn about upcoming activities during our three-season NEA Big Read and how you can participate!

Event Location: Fairgrounds, Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA 01301

Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2016 – Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"Everybody Leaves," Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Film

Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, "Everybody Leaves" is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country. Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.

Event Location: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"I Am From Chile," Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Film

A coming of age story, "I Am From Chile" draws from the director’s personal experiences to tell a different kind of immigration story. I Am from Chile is the story of Salvador, who moves to London from Chile to study English and travel around Europe at his parents’ expense. He stays with his aunt María (acclaimed Chilean actress Paulina García of Gloria, Illiterate), who makes a rather decent living renting the rooms of her house to other immigrants. But when a financial crisis back home leaves Salvador with no resources of his own, he has no other choice but to make ends meet with the help of María and his roommates (including a Russian drug dealer and his Japanese girlfriend), taking on a series of short-term, and at times, dangerous jobs. Difficult and challenging situations will force Salvador out of his protected bourgeois reality and into the real world.

Event Location: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"The Return," Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Film

"The Return" is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda-whose husband recently abandoned her-and their young son Inti-who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated. Add in the comedy of Antonio finding out that his best friend is the lead singer of a death metal rock band and sprinkle in the rekindling of a childhood romance and you have the ingredients of a superb film. Actor and director Hernán Jiménez not only wrote, directed, and stared in this, his second full-length film, but also financed it with the proceeds from his first feature, his stand up comedy act, and the most successful Kickstarter campaign in Latin America to date. Far from the image of Costa Rica promoted by the country’s Department of Tourism, The Return became the highest grossing Costa Rican film ever and the first to earn international recognition.

Event Location: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"Spirit of Place" Community Event

Kick-off Event! A multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary day exploring our sense of place through the lens of immigration and migration--from the presence of native groups centuries ago, to waves of newcomers in the 17th through 20th century, to issues of migration and immigration in the valley this century. A day of placemaking, it will kick-off with two-time Grammy award-winning artist--singer, storyteller, and educator--Bill Harley performing to an inter-generational audience and will feature a morning "marketplace" with engaging free activities for families provided by a myriad of cultural partners, along with a pop-up artmaking exhibit; followed by a community meal of ethnic fare; and culminating with an afternoon conference for the general public and older students--kicked off with a keynote by community-based education specialist, Sienna Wildfield. More details coming soon! Co-sponsored by Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and the Pioneer Valley History Network; funded in part by MassHumanities and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Event Location: Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301

Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"The Second Mother," Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Film

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, "The Second Mother" dissects with both impeccable precision and humor such matters as class differences and family. The film centers around Val, a hard- working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val (stunning performed by Regina Casé) is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

Event Location: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"The Magnificent Seven"

Screening of the original film that had such a powerful influence on Luis Urrea's characters in "Into the Beautiful North." Discussion afterward facilitated by Priscilla Page, UMass Department of Theater. Start time to be confirmed.

Event Location: Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Time: 6:45pm – 9:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"Who is Dayani Crystal?"

Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated forensic anthropologists from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

Event Location: Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Luis Urrea Author Talk

Keynote event, with author Luis Urrea--all are welcome! Followed by book-signing.

Event Location: Holyoke Community College, , Holyoke, MA 01040

Date: Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Luis Urrea Author Talk

Author Luis Urrea--all are welcome!

Event Location: Greenfield Community College, , Greenfield, MA 01301

Date: Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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