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ICFRC: The Universal Appeal of Foreign Film: A Journey through Latin American Cinema & Beyond

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Film is a universal language. This talk explores the ways in which foreign films are perceived and presented with a primary focus on Latin American and refugee/immigrant cinema. Based on his experience as a programmer for one of the longest running and largest Latin American film festivals in the country, Mr. Delgado discusses how borders heavily factor into the film's presentation as well as preview FilmScene's own festival plans.

Ben Delgado is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City's premiere art house theater. He holds a Masters degree from The Ohio State University in Arts Policy and a BA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University. Ben began his programming career at Coral Gables Art Cinema in 2013 where he helped to develop artists' services programs to aid local filmmakers and curated a diverse film selection featuring award-winning filmmakers in person for Q&As and workshops. In 2017 he joined the programming team of the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center playing an integral role in presenting over 800 annual offerings with film festivals, repertory, and first-run films. While at the AFI Silver, he also co-founded and co-hosted the Silver Streams podcast. In his current role at FilmScene, Ben has overseen the return of several beloved programs alongside special events, repertory offerings, new films, filmmaker guests, and more. This year will see a ramping up of programming including the launch of a new film festival.

For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.

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