Christine Oddy is off to the cinema today to see the highly-acclaimed film Carlas
Song, which is being screened in Birmingham as part of a month-long programme of events
focusing on Central America.
The film, by the Nuneaton-born director Ken Loach, looks at the successes and tragedies
of the Nicaraguan revolution through the eyes of a young Glaswegian man who visits the
troubled Central American state.
The film is being shown as part of the commemoration of the anniversary of the
assassination of Monsenor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, who was murdered during
the country's brutal civil war.
Ms Oddy has had a long-standing interest in Central America and the Caribbean and
earlier this year visited El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala to look at European
Union-funded programmes to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch.
"I have taken a close interest in Nicaragua and its revolution, having visited the
country several times. I am looking forward to seeing how this brilliant director has
interpreted the revolution which was one of the most important events in recent times in