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Event: Film Screening Divine Dilemmas: Cantinflas, Humor and Tradition in El Padrecito

John Jota Leaños, Prayers and Testimony, 2022, Three-channel installation. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of Trey Broomfield


March 14, 2024


5:00–7:30 pm


Gallery 400 Lecture Room


400 S. Peoria
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Film director Miguel M. Delgado’s 1964 comedy El Padrecito follows Father Sebastián, a young priest played by the celebrated Mexican actor and comedian Cantinflas, as he arrives in his new parish. The parish receives Father Sebastián coldly at first before slowly warming up to his charming and unusual ways.

For this screening, Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas of Borderless Cultures introduces this film’s exploration of tradition, religion, and humor. Borderless Cultures is an ongoing collaboration with filmmakers and scholars to create opportunities for entertainment, education, and the critical dissection of the racialization of Latinx peoples in film.


Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas (he/him) is a doctoral student whose research delves into the impact of evolving imaging technologies and film conventions on portrayals of history on screen. His investigations focus specifically on 19th-century exploration narratives and 20th-century action-adventure films and travelogues, shedding light on how these visual mediums shape our understanding of the past. Beyond his specific research areas, his academic pursuits span a spectrum of themes including environmental media, critical theory, and visual culture studies. Moreover, his creative endeavors bridge the realms of academia, remix culture, and the digital humanities. As a research-based image maker, he navigates the intricate connections between cultural production and landscape representation, underlining the pivotal role of images in shaping collective perceptions of nature and history. Ramos-Barajas earned his BA from The School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago.

ACCESS INFORMATION: This program is free and open to the public. For questions and access accommodations, email