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Nuestras Filiales: Bolivia







Almuerzo de fin de año filial Bolivia






Como es nuestra tradición el 15 de diciembre/16 realizamos el almuerzo de Navidad. Título: Memoria Institucional del Banco en el chalet "la siusse" de La Paz
Asistentes: Carlos Laguna, Martha Rountree, Rolando Buitrón, Raúl Boada, Elsa de Zapata, Lidia de Calle, Gloria Cordero, Pablo Sanchez, José Navia, Jorge Jaime Fernandez, Waldo Vergara, María Elena Lopez, Javier García Agreda, Jorge Rodriguez, Daniel Enrique Sossa, Armando Godinez y Gregorio Callisaya.
A pesar que no tenemos la foto del festejo de los colegas que viven en la ciudad de Cochabamba, igual los recordamos con afecto.
La filial Bolivia se reúne cada 45 días en sus tradicionales almuerzos



Nuevo Representante del Banco en Bolivia





El 15 de noviembre/16 asumió oficialmente sus funciones de nuevo Representante en Bolivia el Sr. Alejandro Melandri.
En dicho acto la Memoria Institucional del Banco(jubilados) estuvimos presentes


Copa Airlines Leisure Program


Spanish Through Cinema




“Che Guevara was very different from Fidel”, commented Rod in a rudimentary

He continued “Che wanted to spread the revolution in all Latin America at once.
On the contrary, Fidel aimed to succeed in Cuba before expanding the revolution
throughout the region

In a more advanced Spanish, Elaine added that the comparison reminded her
about Stalin and Trotsky, being the first like Fidel and the second like Che.
This actual dialogue, with fictitious names, took place after watching the movie
Motorcycle Diaries, which represented Brazil to the 2004 Oscar ceremony, although it
was spoken in Spanish. It boasts a high degree of Latin American diversity: Walter
Salles, the director (City of God, Central Station, is Brazilian; its main actors are Gael
García Bernal, Mexican and Rodrigo de la Cerna, Argentinean. Jorge Drexler,
Uruguayan won an Oscar for the tune Al Otro Lado del Rio (The Other Side of the
River). Besides, there are Argentineans, Chileans and Peruvians in secondary roles. As
a curiosity, Robert Redford was one of the producers.

In another session, after watching the laureated Mexican film “Like Water for
Chocolate” (“Como Agua para el Chocolate”,1992), an anthropologist student asked
whether it would be a Mexican tradition, that the eldest daughter should be the first to
get married, and the youngest the one to remain single, to take care of the mother.
Other participant was curious about who the Mexican president of the epoch was, and
his relation to the United States. Another one, a medical doctor, explained to us about
that period prevailing typical illnesses and sanitary conditions.
Those films and several others spoken in Spanish, including from Spain and
Latin American are the backbone of the Spanish Through Cinema Summer course,
offered by Montgomery College

Up to now, most of the participants have been retirees, from North American and
other nationalities, including, among others, from India, Austrian, Lebanese, German,
Chinese, Ukrainians. Regarding professions, the diversity has been greater. We have
noticed psychiatrists, engineers, medical doctors, scientific researchers, social
anthropologists, teachers, musicians, historians, journalists. We also add racial and
religious heterogeneity. This rich mixture, by watching the same motion picture with
different lenses, has produced quality deliberations.
With Vicky, my wife, this is the second time that we facilitate the classes, and
according to the students’ comments, the product has been quite successful. Since
there are several returning students, we haven’t been able to use the same movies in
both years.

Each course includes six films in twelve two hours sessions. Choosing the
movies is difficult and time consuming. We consider two categories: Desirable and
undesirable traits.


-Entertain and well directed. A basic principle is that students learn when they have a
good time.
-Well pronounced. One of the main objectives is to provide models of Spanish
pronunciation to the students. That is only achieved when actors and actresses
-Contribute to the knowledge of region. Understanding the socioeconomic and cultural
characteristics of the Hispanoamerican countries is an important factor for using


-If they contain too much violence and/or explicit sex.
-If they are biased, i.e. politically, religiously, racially or otherwise, and may offend part
of our students.
-If actors do not enunciate properly. Films have been discarded when actors speak very
fast, use too much jargon or mumble. Also, when regional languages, like Guarani,
Quechua or Mapudungun prevail.

Thanks to the kinetic visual stimuli, an active conversation about multiple topics
has developed. As an example: the Spanish civil war, the coca ceremony, Latin
American dances, the importance of mate, the North American mining companies.
On top, the students have been able to grasp different Spanish words and
expressions. As we have emphasized, the grammar structure is almost always the
same in the Spanish language. However, not all the words and sayings have universal
meaning. Frequently, there are significant variations, depending on the country and
even in a country region. We believe it is important to expose the student to language

“Spanish through Cinema” is advertised in Montgomery College bulletins and is
recommended for Spanish advanced students. It may be an additional learning
opportunity and I would be particularly satisfied if some of my retiree colleagues register
for the course.


S.Gustavo Levy
June 21, 2017

Travel programs for 2018 with George Mason University



Julius Caesar

Atlas Performing Arts Center




Presented by: SCENA Theatre
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Thru Sun, September 24
$10-$45 · buy tickets
Call 202-399-7993 to order

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Our modern interpretation of Julius Caesar features an all-star cast from the DC region and Dublin. Come revel in this timeless tale, and discover the parallels of modern Washington to ancient Rome. PLOT: Senators Cassius and Brutus are suspicious of Caesar’s growing power in the Republic. They fear he will accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius is jealous, and with his allies, he convinces Brutus to assassinate Caesar. All conspirators stab Caesar to death on the Ides of March. Yet, their troubles have just begun. Citizens unite and rebel. Unrest sweeps Rome. And the rebels flee to Greece, form an army, and wage battle against Caesar-loyalist Mark Antony and his troops in a vain attempt to reclaim power. Political aspirations and the fate of all Rome hang in the balance during this climactic battle.


Investigation: Detective McDevitt

Ford's Theatre




Presented by: Ford's Theatre
Thru Sat, October 28
$17 · buy tickets
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A walking tour that brings history to life! On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Part of “History on Foot.” This walking tour of downtown Washington, D.C., makes eight stops. It does not include entrance into Ford’s Theatre.


In The Heights

Olney Theatre Center




Presented by: Olney Theatre Center
Thru Sun, October 8
$45-$80 · buy tickets
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Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, In The Heights, heralded the arrival of a major talent and captured four Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Now, Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre unite to transport Miranda's beloved Washington Heights from the top of Manhattan to the Olney Mainstage. Usnavi, the proprietor of the corner bodega, guides us through his neighborhood of striving immigrants and young lovers, where hip-hop meets salsa and soul. Meanwhile Nina returns to the barrio after flunking out of Stanford, ashamed to tell her immigrant parents that she lost the American Dream sweepstakes. But, with "Paciencia y Fe" ("Patience and Faith") fortunes can shift, romance can bloom and a sense of home can be preserved in a shifting world. Starring two-time Tony Award® nominee and Original Broadway cast member Robin de Jesús as Usnavi.



Workhouse Arts Center




Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center
Thru Sun, October 8
$20-$40 · buy tickets

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In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.” Contains mature content and not recommended for children.



Rapture, Blister, Burn

Theatre on the Run




Presented by: Peter's Alley Theatre Productions
Venue: Theatre on the Run
Thru Sun, October 22
$25-$30 · buy tickets

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After Grad school, roommates Catherine and Gwen took divergent paths in life. Catherine became a rock star academic. Gwen opted for marriage and stay at home motherhood. Reunited in their 40’s both face a kind of “buyer’s remorse” about their life choices and wonder if it’s possible to start anew. Figuring it’s now or never, the pair engage in a reckless game of romantic “musical chairs” the consequences of which are both tantalizing and deeply poignant. With scorching insight and Gionfriddo’s distinctive wit, Rapture, Blister, Burn weaves an intimate tale of contemporary gender politics that illuminates our common struggle to achieve that ever-elusive goal called Happiness.



Latin American Film Festival, Artistic Performance, Music and more

Mexican Cultural Institute 




September 14 - October 4 at the AFI Silver Theater

The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 14 - October 4) showcases the best film-making from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema. This year the Mexican Cultural Institute will co-present a special screening of I Dream in Another Language [Sueño en otro idioma] on Friday, September 22, at 7:30 pm featuring a Q&A with director Ernesto Contreras and post-screening reception.


Other Mexican films being shown include: You're Killing me Susana (Me estás matando Susana), Tamara and the Ladybug (Tamara y la catarina), The Untamed (La región salvaje), Chavela, and The Night Guard (El vigilante).

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September 19 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

As part of the Middleburg Concert Series, the Mexican Cultural Institute will host Viva México.


A journey through the history of Mexico and its music, from the Virreinato until the golden times of the bolero, this concert will feature a roster of Mexican artists of great international stature including Dolores Martinez Rangel (Voice), Cynthia Saucedo (Violin), José Alfonso Valadez (Accordion/Piano), and Dr. Alan Saucedo E. (Cello). The group will interpret a number favorites including México Lindo y Querido, La Adelita, Bésame Mucho, A Media Luz, and Sabor a Mi, among many others.

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September 28 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

As part of the Artistic Residencies program, the Mexican Cultural Institute and FD13 are proud to present the work of Mexican artist Chantal Peñalosa.


Current FD13 artist-in-residence Chantal Peñalosa will present an audio-visual performance building upon research into the painted murals in the Mexican Cultural Institute's historic 16th Street MacVeagh Mansion.

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