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Special Event—$8 General Public, $6 WGBH members
Introduced by Red Sox Great Luis Tiant and Director Patricia Alvarado
January 31 (Friday) 7 pm

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

Directed by Patricia Alvarado
US 2003, video, color, 27 min.

In the autumn of 1975 the streets of Boston simmered with racial tension. But on the mound at Fenway Park, Luis Tiant, a black Cuban exile whose flamboyant style and canny arsenal of unorthodox pitches had endeared him to local fans, was pitching his first game in the World Series against Cincinnati’s Red Machine. More than sixty years of shattered hopes for the Sox rested on the shoulders of El Tiante, who had battled back from a devastating injury to lead his team to the Series. The moment was equally emotional for the pitcher’s mother and father (the latter, a former Negro League star from the 1930s and 40s), who until this time had never been allowed to leave Cuba to see their son pitch. This compelling portrait of one of the all-time great Red Sox pitchers marks the 25th year of WGBH’s acclaimed series La Plaza, which has reflected the culture and concerns of Latinos to audiences nationwide.

This special program is a joint presentation by WGBH, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and the Harvard Film Archive.

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Free Admission
Introduced by Director Danis Tanovic
February 26 (Wednesday) 7 pm

No Man's Land

Directed by Danis Tanovic
Slovenia/Belgium/Italy/France 2001, 35mm, color, 98 min.
With Rene Bitorajac, Branko Djuric
Bosnian and French with English subtitles

Set in the midst of the recent Balkan wars, this debut film by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic is a mordant account of the relationship that develops between two enemy soldiers—a Serb and a Bosnian—who are trapped together in the same trench. When the U.N. begrudgingly decides to come to their rescue, the soldiers’ predicament is blown up into a ridiculous international news spectacle, and the dark humor of the film becomes bitterly evident. One of the most widely acclaimed films of 2001, No Man’s Land was awarded Best Screenplay and the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This program is co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

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