Texas State hosts 3rd Puntos de Vista international Spanish film festival

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 11, 2012

The Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets (El Centro) at the Texas State University-San Marcos School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the 3rd International Spanish-language Documentary Festival, “Puntos de Vista,” Friday, April 27 in the LBJ Student Center.

“Puntos de Vista” promotes the creativity and originality of documentaries written and produced by Hispanic students in communications and film studies. The topics explored in the 15-20-minute documentaries cover relevant social issues on a global scale and depict how different groups experience their own reality under their own perspective.

“Our goal is to promote cultural and academic ties among students and to develop the students’ interests in significant social issues in their own countries thus increasing awareness and education,” said Sindy Chapa, organizing committee president and associate director of the Center for Latino Media and Markets (CSLMM).

Violence in Colombia, effects of drug trafficking in Florida and the blending of cultures along border regions in South America are some of the themes featured in the documentaries.

“This event provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding in the differences and uniqueness’s among Latino cultures thus working as a platform to develop new ideas for storytelling and cultural interaction,” Chapa said.

Students from eight different universities will travel to San Marcos from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the U.S. to display their work and compete for a 1st place prize of $2,000, a 2nd place prize of $1,000 and a 3rd place prize of $500, respectively.

Puntos de Vista 2012 will conclude with El Centro’s annual Lazos celebration honoring the participants and encouraging the integration of students who share similar cultures, ideas and goals.

For additional information about El Centro, “Puntos de Vista 2012,” Lazos, or to view and vote for your favorite documentary, please visit the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets (El Centro) website at www.masscomm.txstate.edu/cslmm.html.

About El Centro

The center, as part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was developed as a response to the University’s recognition of the increase in the Latino population and its annual purchasing power (currently estimated to have surpassed $1 trillion), and the growth of Latino-oriented media in the United States. The center also emerged from the recognition of the expansion of the number of media corporations venturing into Latin America, and in the linkages between Latin American and U.S. Latino-oriented communication industries. The university understands the importance and need to educate future professionals who can best comprehend, analyze and work in or with industries and markets that cater to Latinos and Latin Americans in the U.S. and abroad.