Why Spanish Film Club?

Outside of a few well-known exceptions, there is very little distribution of contemporary Ibero American cinema throughout universities. One of Pragda’s goals is to provide professors and educators from every department access to materials rarely or never seen within North America and other territories. In addition, Pragda is interested in opening markets for films that would normally have a difficult time reaching general audiences. Knowledge and cultural exchange are keys in a country where Hispanics are the largest minority.

Spanish Film Club was created to answer the following questions by students and professors:

1. Why can’t professors teach about Human Rights, for instance, with new, exciting, and up-to-date documentaries?

2. One of the best ways of learning a language is through films and TV, why can’t we use these tools in class?

3. I don’t have the resources to travel, but I love learning about the many cultures addressed in class. I wish professors could explain the different customs of the regions they teach with more illustrative tools than books.

4. Wouldn’t it be terrific to watch never-before-seen films in Spanish, right on my university campus?

5. How could I meet students from other university departments who share the same love for Spanish culture?

6. I am tired of watching always the same Hollywood stories, but there are no art-house theaters in my university town. Can’t the university organize alternative screenings of national and independent cinemas?