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Run, Tecato, Run (1979);
Gamperaliya (aka Changing Village) (1964)

Run, Tecato, Run (1979)
April 15, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Preservation funded by The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UCMEXUS)

Run, Tecato, Run (1979)

Directed by Efraín Gutiérrez

Run, Tecato, Run is the last of three low-budget social problem films by Efraín Gutiérrez—all restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Gutiérrez—the first Chicano feature director—not only starred in these films, but developed a grass-roots distribution strategy that allowed him to outperform Hollywood releases in several cities. Based on true incidents, Run, Tecato, Run depicts a junkie's efforts to get off heroin in order to reclaim and raise his daughter. Produced for $60,000, the film explores the connections between the Vietnam War, drug addiction and crime—juxtaposing these against Mexican American family, culture and spirituality.

Chicano Film Enterprises. Producer: Josephine Faz. Screenplay: Efraín Gutiérrez. Cinematographer: Josephine Faz, Efraín Gutiérrez. Editor: Efraín Gutiérrez. Cast: Efraín Gutiérrez, Arturo Castillo, Josie Gutierrez. 35mm, 86 min.

Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute and The Stanford Theatre

Gamperaliya (aka Changing Village) (1964)

Directed by Lester James Peries

A seminal work in Sri Lankan cinema, Gamperaliya launched "a revolution, not only in the way films were made, but also in the content," according to producer Anton Wickramasinghe. Based on the novel by Martin Wickramasinghe, the film focuses on Piyal, a teacher and member of the new rising middle class, who falls in love with the daughter of his village's leading aristocratic clan. Defensive positions are assumed and the girl's parents insist upon a marriage to a stuffed shirt of her own class. For its elegant style, Gamperaliya has been compared to Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy."

Cinelanka Ltd. Based on a novel by Martin Wickremasinghe. Producer: Anton Wickremasinghe. Screenplay: Regie Siriwardena. Cinematographer: William Blake. Camera: Gamini Fonseka. Editor: Sumitra Gunawardana. Cast: Punya Heeendeniya, Henry Jayasena, Wickrema Bogoda, Trelicia Gunawardena.

Presented in Sinhala dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 120 min.