Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018            7:00  P.M.            MSU Wells Hall B122

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Genre: Satire, Environment, Health, Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights


Julia Vargas/Bolivia/2015/107 min

Spanish with English subtitles

With a promotion in the offing and his beautiful wife Nena at his side, things couldn’t be better for ambitious policeman Hector Mariscal. Before he can enjoy the good life, though, a final, top-secret assignment must be carried out: to transport-by rail-a highly toxic cargo across Bolivia’s high desert backcountry and “dispose” of it in a remote indigenous village. With kindly engineer Klinger guiding his beloved steam locomotive Federica, and presented with a crew of hapless cops and an unexpected young stowaway, Mariscal finds that there’s much more on the line than he imagined in this sharp, energetic satire.


Julia Vargas is a photographer, media educator, and screenwriter, with international awards and a Life Achievement Award (2005). As the first woman photographer in Bolivia, Vargas has photographed everyday life and personalities for 50 years. She has shown her work in 30 exhibits in Europe, USA, and South America. She created and directed an educational/communicational NGO that benefits working children. She started working as a filmmaker in 1991.
A 30 minute discussion of the film will follow the screening hosted by Osvaldo Sandoval with Laurie Medina (Anthropology) and Stephen Gasteyer (Sociology).