Bringing Acapulco back to life.


Diego del Pozo host’s the Ninth Annual International Film Festival at Towson University.  Bridges to the World film festival has showcased movies from 5 different countries: Colombia, South Korea, Hungary, Egypt, and Mexico. (Photo by: Kalia Green/TU Student)

A staff member of the Foreign languages Department at Towson University spoke on Friday about the once known tourist city in Mexico (Acapulco), whose reputation has been destroyed.

The speaker introduced the screening of the film Vuelve a la vida. The goal of bringing light and positivity to Acapulco through the life of Don Hilario Martinez Valdivia (Long Dog) was successful and left a powerful effect on the audience.

Dr. Diego del Pozo hosts the screening of Vuelve a la vida in Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium for the ninth annual International Film Festival at Towson University. Pozo clears the air and shares the importance of Acapulco, the old beach resort in Mexico. Because of the homicide statistics and violent battles due to drug wars, tourism in Acapulco has drasticly collapsed.

Although Acapulco is said to be a dangerous city, Vuelve a la vida gives hope to the people that the friendly city still exist and can be restored.

“By watching this film we are diving into the ocean, diving into the past and trying to bring back to life all the good experiences in Acapulco,” Pozo said “the format of the film is what impacts the audience.”

Acapulco has gained so much negative attention that many people are afraid to visit. By watching the film it gave the audience a chance to receive Acapulco in a more positive light. The people are very likeable in the film and makes those who watch want to experience this Acapulco.

The film was delivered in the Spanish language and was well received by the 35-40 older alums of Towson.  Bill Fallowfield, Towson University graduate class of 1960, enjoyed the program and wishes to experience life in Acapulco.

“I’ve never taken Spanish but it was really clear and easy to keep up with the subtitles,” said Fallowfield, “the picture was romantic and I would watch it again.”

Audience member Faye Houston visited Acapulco in the 1970’s and explains how the city was just how the movie portrayed and how she is not afraid to go back even with all the negative rumors.

“It’s no more dangerous than being here in Baltimore unless you get caught up in the wrong things,” said Houston. “I enjoyed looking at the footage, it looked like that in 1970, fairly fancy hotels and beautiful beaches.”

The audience was able to experience the good Acapulco through the life of Long Dog.

“My favorite part was listening to Hilario’s friends talk about their experiences with him. He really did come back to life when I listened to stories about him from his friends,” said Erin Welsh, a Towson University student. “I definitely want to see more foreign documentaries because I think that they will benefit my ability to speak Spanish and also deepen my cultural knowledge.”

The screening of the documentary Vuelve a la vida left audience members enlightened and some with a desire to visit Acapulco.


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