Panama Canal Stories

November 14, 7:00 pm

Floyd Theater

Thursday, November 14
Floyd Theater
Panama Canal Stories (Historias del Canal)
Abner Benaim, Carolina Borrero, Luis Franco Brantley, Pinky Mon, Pituka Ortega-Heilbron.

Panama, 2014, 112 minutes

In Spanish with English Subtitles


Floyd Theater

This impressive, sweeping historical drama chronicles five incredible stories of people who helped build the famous canal and Panama itself. Spanning a century, from 1913 to 2013, the film weaves together the tales of 

  • Clarice, a young Jamaican laborer forced to choose between love and survival at the hands her American and British bosses during the Canal’s construction
  • Jake, the son of an engineer who grows up in the ‘American zone’ in 1950s Panama but who really wants to be with his Panamanian friends 
  • José, a student caught up in the 1960s political unrest and his love for a pretty American girl, Lucy
  • Silverio, a chauffeur for visiting U.S. politicians who is hired to spy on them by local political activists in 1977
  • Clarice Jones, a jazz singer in New York City who discovers that her great-grandmother worked on the canal and decides to go to Panama to explore her roots.
Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain- USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. Thanks to the support of the Film Committee, Student Activity Board, University of Louisville.
Sponsors and/or supporters: Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Al Día en América Spanish Newspaper. Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Richard B. & Constance L. Lewis Spanish Education Fund. Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society. Modern Languages Fund,. Ekstrom Library. Film Committee, Student Activity Board. Speed Art Museum's Speed Cinema. LGBT Program.