University of Rochester

EVENT: Film screening of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada as part of "Law and the 'War on Terror'" series

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in 203 Meliora Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 26, 2006

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), written by Mexican writer, producer, and director Guillermo Arriaga, is a personal modern-day border narrative framed by opposing cultural perspectives. The film, which marks the directorial debut of popular Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones, combines the story of friendship between two men in Texas with the larger tale of irrational fear and "homeland security."

The Three Burials serves as a metaphor of the 21st century's border battles and a contemporary version of the epic quest with a Utopian twist. Arriaga also wrote the films 21 Grams with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn and the soon-to-be-released Babel with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. The Three Burials will be introduced by Raul Rodriquez-Hernandez, associate professor of Spanish and author of the forthcoming book "Mexico's Ruins: Juan Garcia Ponce and the Writing of Modernity."

The "Law and the 'War on Terror'" is one of 10 projects funded by the Humanities Project, a year-long initiative at the University of Rochester emphasizing the influence and contributions of the humanities to academic and civic life.

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