Pablo Veliz and actors
movie poster
Top: Director Pablo Veliz (left) with actors
Bottom: Poster for "La Tragedia de Macorio"

UTSA alumnus, director hosts S.A. premiere of film

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 26, 2006)--UTSA graduate and filmmaker Pablo Veliz will premiere his award-winning feature film, "La Tragedia de Macario," to San Antonio audiences at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 in the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Fountain Theatre, 801 S. Bowie St.

Featured at the Sundance Film Festival in February 2006, the film tells the story of Mexican worker Macario (Rogelio T. Ramos), who loses his job in Mexico and seeks a better life for his family by attempting to cross the border into the United States.

"La Tragedia de Macario" will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children, seniors and military.

The film is based on the May 2003 Victoria, Texas, tragedy in which 18 immigrants died from asphyxiation, dehydration and heat exposure after being locked inside a double-insulated trailer truck and abandoned.

"La Tragedia" has been accepted at film competitions across the country including Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah), WorldFest (Houston), South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin), Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was the winner in the Best Feature Film category at the 2005 Pan American Film Festival.

The film is presented as part of the "Seven-String Barbed Wire Fence" photography exhibit on view at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures through Jan. 14, 2007. The goal of the exhibit is to give immigration a human face and spur dialogue through the use of images, documentaries and historical content.

For tickets and information about "La Tragedia de Macario" and the "Seven-String Barbed Wire Fence" exhibit, call (210) 458-2300 or visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.

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