Viva Cinema: El vuelco del cangrejo

Online Program

Streams Daily December 14 – 18, 2020
Q&A December 17, 2020 at 7:30pm

Enjoy access to a virtual film screening of Óscar Ruiz Navia's 2009 film, El vuelco del cangrejo and connect with the Bullock Museum and Cine Las Americas for a LIVE conversation about the film on Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.


A drama set in the black communities of Colombia's Pacific Coast, where a man looking to flee the country by boat encounters a local fisherman. A virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 24 hours between December 14 - 18, and an advance purchase on or before Thursday, December 17 will grant you exclusive access to the LIVE conversation.

Event Details

At La Barra, an isolated and humid village on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Cerebro, leader of the native Afro Colombian Community, is at odds with the White Man, a landowner who wants to build a resort on the beach. Daniel, a strange man with city looks and manners, arrives in the place, looking for a boat to leave the country. Daniel, forced to leave, has to be part of the struggle of this village to survive the looming advent of modernity.

This ticketed virtual screening is part of the Viva Cinema Film Series. Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language and Hispanic-heritage movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in the original language, with English subtitles if the film is not in English. This screening will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

This season, selections are focused on highlighting the richness of the African Diaspora experience in Latin America. As we have experienced in the U.S., conversations about race are necessarily complex, affecting individuals, families, neighborhoods, and ultimately the nation. Through this series, we invite exploration of the intersections of Latinx and African-origin identities within and across the borders of the Americas.

On Thursday, December 17, Dr. Jean Ann Lauer, Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas, will guest moderate a conversation with Óscar Ruiz Navia, director of El vuelco del cangrejo.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Director: Óscar Ruiz Navia
Runtime: 95 min
Genre: Drama
Release Year: 2009

About the Director

Oscar Ruiz Navia graduated in Social Communications from Valle University. From 2005 to 2008 he was coordinator of the Cine Club CALIGARI from the Contemporary Art Foundation Lugar a Dudas in Cali, his native city. During these years he was also co-director and producer of the short films: Tres Libras: Mùsica para Enfermos (Documentary with Luis Henao, 2002), Sunrise (Fiction, with William Vega, 2003), Los Hijos de la Bestia (Documentary with Sofía Oggioni, 2005), Al VacÍo 1, 2, 3 (Experimental, 2006), En la Barra hay un Cerebro (Documentary, 2006), Licuefacción (Experimental, 2008).

In 2006 he founded the independent production company Contravía Films. After 13 years of uninterrupted work, Contravía Films is recognized as one of the most prominent production companies from Colombia, nowadays.

With his debut as a director, writer, and producer, El Vuelco del Cangrejo / Crab Trap, Oscar won the International Critics Award FIPRESCI at Berlinale (Forum) 2010. The film was selected in more than 80 festivals around the world such as TIFF in Toronto, Jeonju, BAFICI, Karlovy Var, and Sarajevo. In 2013 his short film Solecito premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes Festival. Solecito was made in collaboration with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and the Tate Modern from London (Abrazo best short film at Biarritz Festival). His second film Los Hongos, premiered at Locarno Film Festival, 2014 where Oscar won the Special Award from the Jury of Cinéastes du Présent, and the Audience Award Dioraphte HBF/Rotterdam Film Festival. His third film Epifanía was co-directed with Swedish film director Anna Eborn. The film premiered at the International Busan Film Festival, South Korea, 2016.

About the Moderator

Dr. Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas; Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 23rd edition in 2021, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. For more info visit

Please note: Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 24 hours between December 14 – 18.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required.

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Images courtesy Contravia Films

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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