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Memories of the Present Past Film Series – THE FINGER


When

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where

Bates College Olin Arts Center - Room 104
75 Russell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

The Finger

After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy—and soon turns up dead.  His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomero’s severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way. Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.

Director: Sergio Teubal
Argentina
Spanish, with subtitles in English
OrgMemories of the Present Past/Memorias del Pasado Presente co-presented with Latin American Studies and Bates Ladd Library.

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