The opening nighttime scene captured brilliantly. Viewers are met first with an aerial view over L.A.'s tallest skyscraper, the U.S. Bank Tower. Gradually, the view levels out panoramic, still with no city lights -- an apocalypse.
"She's not sick. She's dead," says 19 year old Nick Clark as all watch the growling Mrs.Tran, formerly a friend of his family. "Why would you say that?" asks Travis Manawa, boyfriend of Nick's mother. "Because it's the truth," Nick replies softly.
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.
The second edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Panama wrapped last week and for seven days offered Panamanians a taste of what is available cinematically besides Cruise and Cameron, Pirates and Potter.