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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-02-09

Writer and director Pedro González-Rubio’s 2009 film Alamar (To the Sea) tells the story of five-year-old Natan, who, before moving to Rome to live with his mother Roberta, gets a crash course in his father Jorge’s Mayan lineage and adventurous way of life. Against an idyllic backdrop, Natan learns how to spear barracuda, dive for lobsters, and not tempt the crocodiles of Banco Chinchorro, Mexico. A semi-documentary that’s reminded critics of Robinson Crusoe and The Old Man and the Sea, Alamar draws from fact and fiction (the actors are playing themselves, and the circumstances are mostly real) to capture bonding moments between father and son. With thoughtful, uncomplicated cinematography — including underwater HD footage of Mexico’s largest coral reef — Alamar might make certain viewers wonder what childhood fishing trips would’ve been like if Pops had been a little more like Tarzan. Free, 7pm, Northrup Hall 040, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, (210) 999-8126, Screened as part of Trinity’s Coates Library Cinema Series; in Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.

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