Thursday, October 2, 2003

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 16: Leche and Mala Leche with shorts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Co-presented with MadCat Women’s International Film Festival

Leche, Naomi Uman’s lyrical black-and-white hand-processed portrait of life on a dairy ranch in Central Mexico, returns to Cinematheque, this time accompanied by the premiere of its sequel, Mala Leche. Following members of the same family who have emigrated to California’s Central Valley, Mala Leche takes a different formal and emotional approach. The sensual romanticism of the earlier film shifts to a cooler, more analytical depiction of immigrant working life, and together the two films create a haunting portrait of the meaning of labor, place and family as these cross borders, cultures and generations. Uman’s removed, in which she literally deconstructs a piece of ’70s porn, and Hand Eye Coordination, a reflection of and on her own filmmaking processes, also will be screened. (Irina Leimbacher)