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International Film Festival at Ohio Theatre on tap

By Kevin Milliken, La Prensa Correspondent


A series of foreign films will grace the movie screen at the historic Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St., through January and February as a wintertime way to promote and celebrate cultural diversity in Toledo.


At least two of the movies to be shown during the Toledo International Film Festival should particularly appeal to the Latino community. “Juan of the Dead” (Cuba) will be shown at 7 p.m. the opening night of the festival on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. “Sin Nombre” (Mexico) will hit the screen on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. as part of a double feature.


“Juan of the Dead” features a group of kids who face an army of zombies. “Sin Nombre” is considered a thriller that weaves together several stories from across Central America. Light refreshments will be provided by local restaurants and delis and the theatre’s concession stand will be open and operating.


Film festival organizers stated they tried to select movies that most people had never seen, yet carried a positive message. Other films in the series include “Shaolin Soccer” (Hong Kong) at 5 p.m. on Jan. 17; “Amrika” (Palestine) at 5 p.m. on Jan. 24; “English Vinglish” (India) and “The Visitor” (United States) at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 31; and “Akira Kurosawa's Dreams” (Japan) at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7.


Seven foreign films in all will be shown across four consecutive Saturdays between Jan. 17 and Feb. 7. Tickets are available in advance for $5 per screening at ohiotheatre.org or $7 at the door on a cash-only basis. A pass for all seven films can be purchased online for $25, a $10 savings.


The film festival is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Theatre, United North, and the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County initiative (Welcome TLC). The initiative is an effort among local elected officials, business and community leaders to make the region more welcoming and immigrant-friendly.




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