June 16, 2024

Film Festival Continues With Award Nominee

Posted for The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
Leading EdgeMi Mejor Enemigo

Don’t miss the second week of SMHEC’s Bridges to the World International Film Series. On February 12, SMHEC will present a screening of Mi Mejor Enemigo, nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Argentina Film Critics Association.

The film series is a statewide, month-long initiative in recognition of  Maryland’s global reach and a reflection of those connections here. Each film is sponsored by its respective country. Countries include Ukraine, Chile, Israel, China and Slovenia. See here for the complete film schedule.

Mi Mejor Enemigo is a darkly comic film about the absurdity of war, cultural xenophobia, and national borders. Following the thematic tradition of Kameradschaft (1931), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), A Midnight Clear (1992), and Joyeux Noel (2005), Mi Mejor Enemigo emphasizes the shared humanity of men who find themselves on opposite sides of a randomly imposed boundary.

The film is based on the geopolitical argument between Chile and Argentina that lead to military action in 1978, referred to as the Beagle Conflict. Mi Mejor Enemigo is a subtle film featuring soft-spoken humor, characters with a charming innocence, and for a war film, surprising tenderness and humility. As the soldiers comment, this was a war without medals, honor, money, or recognition. It was a war without history, a war that never was.

Each film will be screened at 6:30, with a small reception to follow. Admission is free, with seating on a first-come first-serve basis. All films are presented with English subtitles.

More information on past Bridges to the World festivals, and on Southern Maryland Higher Education Center programs and events is available.

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