UTSA co-hosts screening of 'Gran Torino' Friday, Feb. 12

Gran Torino movie

"Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood

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(Feb. 11, 2010)--The UTSA student group Social Workers Advocating for Change Together (SWACT) and Guadalupe Street Coffee will host a free screening of "Gran Torino" starring Clint Eastwood at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at Guadalupe Street Coffee, 1320 Guadalupe St., one mile west of the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The screening is part of SWACT's new monthly movie series, which is free to the UTSA and San Antonio communities. Guadalupe Street Coffee House is a community development project where local students can use free public computers to do homework and have a safe place to visit and study.

Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Polish Korean War veteran, who is alienated from his family and angry at the world. His neighborhood in Highland Park, Mich., formerly populated by working-class white families, is now dominated by gang violence and poor Asian immigrants.

After Kowalski's Korean neighbor's teenage son, Thao, tries to steal Kowalski's prized 1972 Gran Torino for initiation into a gang, Kowalski apprehensively attempts to adhere to the family's request for his guidance for the young troublemaker. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet discovers that the only way to find peace is to finally face his long-held, blinding prejudices head-on.

Following the screening, Mary Kay Houston-Vega, UTSA associate professor of social work, and Rosalie Ambrosino, professor and interim chair of the UTSA Department of Social Work, will facilitate a short discussion on the social issues relevant to the movie.

"Gran Torino" is rated "R," and childen must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Albert Garcia at 210-573-3913 or Amanda Rodriguez at 210-379-3103.