July 20, 2001

Opening Night for Award-Winning Documentary Film "Blossoms of Fire (Ramo de Fuego)"

The Media Arts Center San Diego, in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute of San Diego, Landmark Theatres and AIVF San Diego, is pleased to present an Opening Night Reception for the award-winning feature documentary Blossoms of Fire (Ramo de Fuego). Filmmaker Maureen Gosling will be present for the reception and film screening. The Opening Night reception will take place on Monday, July 23rd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Blossoms of Fire (Ramo de Fuego) will be screened at 7:15PM. The reception will take place at the Kensington Grill (next door to The Kensington Movie Theater, 4051 Adams Avenue).

Screened at the 2001 San Diego Latino Film Festival, Bloossoms of Fire (Ramo de Fuego) is a dazzling, whirlwind dance of a film, celebrating the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, whose strong work ethic and fierce independent streak-rooted in their culture-has resulted not only in powerful women but also in the region's progressive politics.

The film has been universally praised, since its world premiere at the 2000 San Francisco International Film Festival. It was honored at the 2000 Havana Film Festival with the Premio Coral, known as the "Latin American Oscar," for Best Foreign Documentary about Latin America. The film's director, Maureen Gosling, is best known for her work with independent film/video director, Les Blank.

Cost to attend the Opening Night Reception and film screening is $20 MACSD & AIVF members / $25 non-members. Price includes ticket to 7:15 PM screening of Blossoms of Fire, hors d oeuvres from one of San Diego's finest restaurants, one free drink (beer or wine only), and the rare opportunity to meet guest filmmaker Maureen Gosling.

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