December 8, 2000

Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias Selected for International Film Festival in Cuba

The Binational Assocation of Schools of Communication has been selected to present student films and videos at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The 22nd Annual Festival will take place in Havana, Cuba December 5-15th, 2000 and will feature films and videos from all over the world, particularly Latin America and Spain.

BINACOM institutions include student works from Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, and San Diego State University. The BINACOM program will be presented on December 12th in the Hall of the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema in downtown Havana. The program will also be presented at the International School of Cinema and Television, an important academic project of the Foundation, located in San Antonio de los Banos, 35 kilometers outside of Havana.

The purpose of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema is to "promote and award those works whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity." The Festival will include meetings and various aspects of cultural interest and a representative selection from the international film community.

The BINACOM program includes:

Southwestern College

"Disneylandia Pa Mi" Giancarlo Ruiz, 15:00

"Doomsday" Giancarlo Ruiz, 9:00

Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste

"Desafio" Gabriel Coronado and Francisco Hernandez, 3:35

San Diego City College

"Balboa" Bob Broms, 10:00

San Diego State University

"The Music Box" Michael E. Smith, 4:30

"Woderwall" Min Jin Woo, 8:30

"Soledad" Shlomo Buchler, 24:47

The Binational Association brings together Communication educators and students from across the San Diego County/Baja California Norte region. Founded in 1990, the Binational Association was motivated by the belief that communicating across borders will be increasingly important both in our region and in the world as a whole.

The primary activity of the Binational Association is to organize an annual Encounter or Encuentro, at which communication students and educators from across the region present and discuss their work. Encuentro 2000—the eleventh—took place at San Diego State University, Mar 31, April 1, 2000. The theme was "Acceso a Las Nuevas Tecnologías: Narrowing the Digital Divide."

The Binational Association has also been involved in organizing a variety of other regional communication conferences, educational exchanges, and media production projects. In a variety of ways, BINACOM works to encourage cooperation among students and faculty in communication and media arts at colleges and universities in the border region.

The Binational Association today has eight member institutions: The Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexicali; the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana; the Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste, Tijuana; Southwestern College; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of San Diego.

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