Haskell Wexler’s “Latino” screening and Q&A Wednesday night

Ron Rokhy

One of the most respected and decorated cinematographers in the film industry will present the director’s cut version of his film, “Latino: America’s Secret War in Nicaragua,” Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Alan Armer Theater.

The 86-year-old Haskell Wexler, a two time Academy Award winner and three time Oscar nominee, will hold a brief Q&A from 8:30-9:00 p.m.

The fictional story is centered around Eddie Guerrero, a Vietnam War veteran who’s sent to Honduras to train Contra rebels against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government.

Along the way, he falls in love with a woman named Marlena, but when her father is murdered by the rebels, everything changes.

The movie was shot in 1984 during the actual U.S.-backed rebellion and released the following year, but Wexler waited 26 years to release the director’s cut.

Christine Snyder, a CSUN student and an intern at Cinema Libre Studios — the studio that’s promoting the screening — said they aim to reach out to CSUN’s Latino community.

“We’re promoting this film to reach out to Latino students and film majors who would relate to the movie,” Snyder said. “CSUN has a large Latino community, and it’s important they know what happened in Nicaragua.”