Latino Film Fest at Court Square Theater

Court Square Theater will host the Latino Film Festival of Shenandoah Valley as it returns for its seventh year of entertainment.  The festival will run from October 1st through October 4th, 2009 and feature films from Mexico, Uruguay, and Honduras.  All films run in Spanish with English subtitles.  Tickets are available at the door for $6 or $4 with a student ID.  For more information call (540) 433-9189 x 2 or visit

The Arts Council of the Valley sponsors the annual festival, a brain child of JMU foreign language professor Karina Kline-Gabel, in downtown’s Court Square Theater.

“My mission, as the festival’s creator…is to continue to bring films that celebrate the Latino culture as well as educate on issues that impact directly or indirectly all of us,” said Kline-Gabel. Holding the Latino Film Festival annually brings a sense of unity to the large Latino population in the Harrisonburg area, said the Arts Council in a release.

Each film has received international acclaim. Kline-Gabel chose them to represent a variety of Spanish-speaking countries and themes and the Arts Council brings them to Harrisonburg with hopes of increasing cultural events in the local community. In addition to providing an opportunity for Latino families to enjoy native language programming, the festival is popular with college communities in the area; provoking great discussions in and out of the classroom.

Court Square Theater opened in 1998 and has since been dedicated to bringing the best of theatre, film, live music and dance to downtown Harrisonburg. Court Square Theater has deepened the downtown cultural environment by bringing in a diverse mix of acts and films from around the world.

A complete listing of the film times, titles and ratings is below. More information is available at

10/1  7:00pm and 10/2 9:00pm Rudo y Cursi (Mexico) [R]
10/2 7:00pm and 10/4 2:00pm Gigante (Uruguay) [NR]
10/3 7:00pm and 9:00pm Lake Tahoe (Mexico) [NR]
10/1 9:00pm and 10/4 7:00pm Sin Nombre (Honduras/Mexico) [R]

Court Square Theater received generous in-kind support donations from Servpro of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County as well as event support from Rosetta Stone, LLC.  The JMU Latin American Studies Committee continues their sponsorship; underwriting the film Sin Nombre.


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