Official Blog of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reel Love Film Fest 2015

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, LACIS, Pol Sci, & Intl Stud ’15)


LACIS is excited to be teaming up with WUD Film for a screening of El Casamiento (The Marriage) for the 4th Annual Reel Love Film Festival taking place April 23rd – 26th!

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 1.49.17 PMEl Casamiento will be screening on Saturday, April 25th at 4:30. The screening will be introduced by the Uruguayan Deputy Consul, Gustavo Dibarboure (Info HERE)! The film will also be followed by a Skype Q&A with the director, Aldo Garay! LACIS Associate Director, Alberto Vargas will provide interpretation. A public reception will follow with appetizers and cash bar which will also be attended by Gustavo.


“The Marriage/El Casamiento”
A Story of Love and Friendship

This film tells the story of 65 year old Julia Brian, an Uruguayan transsexual, and 75 year old Ignacio González, a former construction worker. They met on Christmas Eve twenty years ago in a square, and have been inseparable ever since. Julia, who went by Oscar Alberto until her teenage years. She began to cross-dress, going by the name of Julia. In 1993, the Uruguayan government – after rigorous physical and psychological tests – approved and carried out the sex reassignment operation. Her operation was the second man-to-woman sex reassignment operation ever to take place in the country! Paradoxically, Julia had to wait till 2005 for the Uruguayan State to acknowledge her gender identity. As for Ignacio, one can see on his face how hard his life has been. Somehow he survived working casual jobs and drinking excessively and living in the streets. When he met Julia, he found hope and stability. He found a home. This is the story of “The Marriage.” It is a simple story of ordinary people who, through a stroke of luck, found each other in a public square.

Trailer HERE

WUD Film hosts Madison’s only LGBT film festival for the city’s thriving LGBT community, students, community members, and the general public. There will be a wonderful array of films from ground-breaking documentaries to foreign features, and our very own sing-along. We want to celebrate the LGBT community and also educate people on current issues – from racial differences to the spectrum of gender. WUD Film is out to prove that “reel love has no gender.”

Reel Love is curated by students on the WUD Film Committee, led by director Hari Jost and advisor, Tom Yoshikami. The screenings are sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate. Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins. Films are free and open to the public. Audiences are seated on a first come, first served basis (no saving seats). Check out the poster below for a full listing of all film screenings!

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Learn more about WUD’s Reel Love Film Fest HERE