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  • La Casa Ausente at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival.

    La Casa Ausente opened the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival in May 27 at the Caribe Hilton Auditorium. It is an honor for the film and a great platform for exposure. I recently found out about this very important screening and it points to the fact that the film has its own life, thanks in part to the great work of the distributor, Icarus Films. The film has now been selected in over 13 Film Festivals around the world, and more are in the pipeline.

    The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 9,500 members, 45 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.

    A minor note of interest: the Caribe Hilton (1949) is Hilton's first hotel outside the continental United States and made Hilton the first international hotel company. I grew up going to it for their beach, high school dances and one of the best bars in the world. The hotel claims to be the birthplace of the Piña Colada.