Off-Site Film: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Friday, February 7, 2014 | 7 pm
2005, 121 minutes, Rated R
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Dir: Tommy Lee Jones; screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga; with Tommy Lee Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Barry Pepper, and Julio César Cedillo

In conjunction with the Monterey Park Art+Film Lab presented by LACMA, watch a diverse selection of films—shorts, independents, and international films that are sure to capture your imagination. All screenings take place in the recital hall of the Performing and Fine Arts Center.

Inspired by true events, Tommy Lee Jones’s directorial debut weaves a fractured tale of murder, injustice, and redemption at the Texas-Mexico border. When innocent ranch hand (and illegal immigrant) Melquiades Estrada is gunned down by border patrol, Estrada’s best friend Pete Perkins turns to vigilantism. Seeking a proper burial, Perkins kidnaps the patrolman and, with corpse in tow, journeys to Estrada’s hometown of Jiménez, Mexico. A deft story of honor, loyalty, and forgiveness, Three Burials touches on contemporary issues felt on both sides of the border.

The Horse
1973, 14 minutes, rated PG-13
Directed by Charles Burnett
A lyrical coming-of-age tale about a boy tending to a hemorrhaging horse. By dusk, the horse will be euthanized by gunshot.

East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park
Free and open to the public
Note: East Los Angeles College is located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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