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And We’re Hooked To The Silver Screen: David Bowie’s High Line Film Festival

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Some of you may have heard about the upcoming David Bowie-curated High Line Festival that kicks off this Wednesday, May 9th, with a concert by Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall (see you there!) here in New York. The festival runs until May 19th and features concerts by Air, Daniel Johnston, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, among others, as well as comedy by Ricky Gervais.
What may have been overlooked, however is a mini-festival of Spanish and Latin American films, chosen by Bowie. His original goal was to have one film from each of the last 10 decades, but that clearly didn’t work out. However, I am sure you’ll all agree that The former Thin White Duke has done a pretty good job. Almost all of these are rated 8 or higher by IMDB users and we all know that those who watch foriegn-language films take these things more seriously than those who don’t!
The film lineup is as follows:
El Automovil Gris – Dir. Enrique Rosas Priego, Mexico, 1919
Limite – Dir. Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931 (Bonus film)
El Prisionero 13 – Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, Mexico, 1933
Dos Monjes – Dir. Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico, 1934
Aventurera – Dir. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1949
Robinson Crusoe – Dir. Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1954
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment) – Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968
El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) – Dir. Victor Erice, Spain, 1973
Oriana – Dir. Fina Torres, Venezuela/Francia, 1985
Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar Lovers of the Arctic Circle -Dir. Julio Medem, Spain, 1998
Machuca – Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain, 2004
All screenings will be at the Quad Cinemas and tickets can be bought here.

That’s It. I’m Moving To Spain…

666.jpgToday I am adding a new category to The Rabbi Report. Named in memory of martyred former Chilean president Salvador Allende, the award will honor men and women of political and social vision the world over in the hopes that their courage as well as a sense of freedom and fair play might inspire even the few folks who read my scribblings. Inspired by the death of the man who led the coup that overthrew president Allende and plunged Chile into almost two decades of darkness, repression and murder, I hope to use this category to, in my own little way, spread the word about people doing good around the world.
So the first Allende Award goes to Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

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Pinochet Dead At 91

Pinochet Dies After Heart Attack
This is one death I will certainly not mourn. He was one of the truly evil men of the 20th century and my only regret over his death is that he was never formally convicted for his crimes again the people of Chile. Ironically, he died on Human Rights Day.
According to the above-linked Washington Post story, the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher was “greatly saddened” by his death. May she and fellow war criminal Henry Kissinger be next to go the way of the Dodo.
The current president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, was imprisoned and mistreated during pinochet’s dictatorship and recently said it would be “a violation of my conscience” to attend a state funeral for him, according to the Post. He will apparently receive military honors, but no state funeral.
By way of a little bit of history, my father was the attorney for Chile’s socialist president Salvador Allende who was overthrown by Pinochet in a military coup on September 11th, 1973, taking his own life, rather than be captured and most assuredly, tortured. As a result of that and other personal connections, Chile and the suffering of its people has been in my heart and soul for as long as I can remember. I can only hope Pinochet’s death can help finally heal the wounds caused by his horrific regime.