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Cafecito with the Instituto Cervantes in L.A.: The Power of Film & TV in the Evolution of Language

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Join us for a bilingual conversation about the way in which film and TV influence how we relate to language and its evolution. Although there are theories on the audiovisual form having an homogenizing effect on language, the increase in productions in the USA written, directed and performed by Latine storytellers has given visibility to the multilingual character of our communities. Spanish has become increasingly integrated into the English language, and Spanglish has emerged as a unique form of communication. Our panelists will talk about their personal relationship to language and how it's reflected on the work they create.


Luis García Martín

Luis García Martín, known as Luisgé Martín, has a degree in Hispanic Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. As a writer, he has published more than a dozen books and has won numerous awards. His novel La muerte de Tadzio was awarded with the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Prize and his most recent novel Cien noches won the Herralde Novel Prize in 2020. He has also won the Llanes de Viajes literary prize and the Antonio Machado and Mario Vargas Llosa short story prizes.

In 2019, Luisgé Martín was the director of the Eñe Festival and he was the head of the literary magazine Eñe for several years. He has also been a professor at the Escuela de Escritores in Madrid, and collaborates in several newspapers as a columnist. Furthermore, he has professional experience working in the cabinets of Minister of Culture Ángeles González-Sinde (2010-2011) and Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (2019-2022). Appointed director of the Cervantes Institute in Los Angeles,


Dani Adaliz

Dani Adaliz is a bi-racial Afro-Latina actress, comedian, writer, and director and Moth story slam winner. Dani’s credits include "Chuchi and Adaliz", Broadway Video, VO for "Michelle Rojas Is Not Okay", Buzzfeed, Mitu and The Moth Radio hour.

Rudy Valdez

Rudy Valdez is a two time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker committed to creating social, cultural, and political stories through a cinematic and meaningful lens. He got his start in film as a Camera Operator on the Peabody Award-winning, Sundance series Brick City and went onto direct a true passion project, The Sentence (HBO). Shot and directed by Valdez over the course of a decade, this feature documentary tells the very personal story of his sister's plight in the criminal justice system while tackling subjects like mandatory minimums and sentencing reform.

Clara Cullen

Clara Cullen studied film at Universidad del Cine in BA and Documentary Filmmaking at Parson’s University in NYC. Clara’s work was shown in the Biennial of Moving Image in BA at the Faena Art Center in 2017. Clara presented her latest short doc "Lost and Found" in Visions de Réel, Indielisboa and SEMINCI in 2021. Manuela, an official selection of LALIFF 2023, is her feature directorial debut.

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