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A Canisius College film festival is doing double duty as a celebration of National Hispanic American Month and a way to create a stronger bond with the Hispanic community in Buffalo. Movies from Spain and Latin America will be screened during the Ibero-American Film Festival continuing at 5 p.m. Thursdays through October.

Today’s film, “Aquí y Allá” (“Here and There”), won the International Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza, it’s about a Mexican immigrant who, after working in the U.S., returns to his small mountain village to make a better life for his family.

The event is sponsored by the college’s Spanish Honor Society and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Admission is free. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles and will be shown in the college’s Regis Room-North, unless noted.

Coming up:

Next Thursday: “Un Cuento Chino” (“Chinese Take-Away”), directed by Sebastián Borensztein (Argentina, Spain).

Oct. 24: “El Regreso” (“The Return”), directed by Hernán Jiménez (Costa Rica) at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room (SC 205).

Oct. 31: “Contracorriente” (“Undertow”), directed by Javier Fuentes León (Peru, Colombia, France, Germany), in the Regis Room-North.

Toni Ruberto