October 26, 2023, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Dawn to Despair – “The Dilemma” (2023)

IU Cinema

Costa Rica, 1931. Fausto Porras founds the Bakery Workers’ Union and joins the Communist Party, much to the growing resentment of his wife Margarita, whose cousin Abelardo is also a member of the Party. When Abelardo is expelled for allegedly embezzling funds, he joins the police and persecutes his former comrades. Ordered by the Party to set a trap for Abelardo, Fausto faces a fraught choice. [52 min; drama; Spanish with English subtitles]

Free but Ticketed

Directed by Ernesto Jara Vargas

Not Rated

A fictionalized portrait of the labor movement and Communist Party in 1930s Costa Rica that is told through the intimate dynamics of a working-class family. Q&A with producer/writer Jeffrey L. Gould and Joshua Malitsky (Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Director of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice) will follow the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Research and Practice and Lape Cera Producciones.

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