Languages of SoCal Film Series | Miriam Lies (Dominican Republic, 2019)

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Miriam Lies  centers on the titular character, whose mother makes her feel ashamed of her dark skin and unruly hair, something she has inherited from her father. With divorced parents, Miriam grows up among her mother's light-skinned side of the family. Given the unending pejoratives that are flung about daily among them regarding anyone darker than themselves, Miriam is driven to lie about the boy she likes online. Originally planning to introduce him at her quinceañera, once she discovers he too is dark-skinned, she not only doesn’t introduce herself to him, she invents lies about the boy who no one has yet met. Her struggle highlights the racist micro-aggressions that underpin the larger and more insidious ways that many in the Dominican Republic–and all over Latin America–perpetuate a race-based hierarchy.


Register now to join our free film screening and discussion.


Join us for the fourth movie in our Languages of SoCal Mini-Series for Foreign Language Film Night, Spring 2021. Movie lovers can look forward to six international films free to the public, screened synchronously and followed by a discussion with guest speakers and SDSU faculty about cultural aspects of the film and their immigrant experiences. The discussion will last about 30 minutes and includes a Q&A open to all participants.


Event speakers:

Cristian Aquino-Sterling (Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity & International Affairs College of Education)
Patricia McGregor (theater director, producer and actor)


The Languages of SoCal Film Series is brought to you by the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University. They're partnering up with SDSU’s Spanish program for the film. For any questions relating to this series and/or registering, please email Stacy Nyikos.

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