SJC to Host N.Y. Premiere of Simon: Hijo del Pueblo

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – April 29, 2014 – The Department of Modern Languages at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will host the New York premiere of the internationally acclaimed film Simon: Hijo del Pueblo on Friday, May 2 at 5 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Student Lounge located on the College’s Brooklyn Campus. One of the directors, Julián Troksberg, will be present to discuss the filmmaking process and his interpretation of the history that inspired the film.

Written by Troksberg and Rolando Goldman, in collaboration with Argentine historian Osvaldo Bayer, Simon: Hijo Del Pueblo tracks the life of a young Ukrainian immigrant, Simon Radowitzky, and his role in the aftermath of the historical working class strike known as “Red Week” in May 1909. The film was released last year to great acclaim in Argentina and Europe, and the Buenos Aires city legislature voted unanimously to declare the film of cultural interest. Recently, the film was screened in Paris and on several university campuses in the U.S.

“I invited Julián to showcase his film as part of my course, ‘The City of Borges,’” said Dr. Antoinette Hertel, associate professor of modern languages at SJC. “In this course, we study what Borges tells us about his ‘political’ cities: Buenos Aires, Latin America and the world. Simón could be read as a Borgean story, in which a man goes out to meet his (tragic) destiny, and in which the characters that seem to embody hero and traitor trade places.”

This screening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Banach, director of public affairs, at 718.940.5584 or mbanach@sjcny.edu. The Brooklyn Campus of SJC is located at 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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