‘Neruda’ to screen in Los Angeles in Marxist Movie Series

LOS ANGELES—Santiago-born Pablo Larraín’s 2016 biopic about Chile’s Communist poet and senator Pablo Neruda co-stars Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal. Larraín also helmed 2012’s No with Bernal about Chile’s plebiscite that ousted General Pinochet and 2016’s Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy following JFK’s assassination. Commemorate the 45th anniversary of the CIA-backed Gen. Pinochet’s bloody overthrow of a democratically elected President, Salvador Allende, in September, 1973.

Neruda, running 107 minutes, will be introduced by film historian/critic Ed Rampell, followed by Q&A, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm.

The evening will also feature a live poetry reading by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo, who will read poems by Neruda and themselves. Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar. Her poetry/writing/work has been featured widely in multiple fora and media. The poetry of Matt Sedillo has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, CSPAN and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. It is at times a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits.

The screening of Neruda is part of Marx @ 200: The Marxist Movie Series, commemorating the bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth with films by and/or about Marxists. See here for the full schedule.

The program starts at 7:00 pm, and the screening at 7:30, on Thurs., Sept. 27, at the L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Pl., Los Angeles 90019. The Center is located a  couple of blocks west of Western and is accessible only from Pico Blvd. Light refreshments are served. A donation is requested.

For a clip of the film please see here.

Remember poet Pablo Neruda and President Salvador Allende!


Special to People’s World
Special to People’s World

People’s World is a voice for progressive change and socialism in the United States. It provides news and analysis of, by, and for the labor and democratic movements to our readers across the country and around the world. People’s World traces its lineage to the Daily Worker newspaper, founded by communists, socialists, union members, and other activists in Chicago in 1924.