The NC Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America’s film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North Carolina for Latin American images, sounds, and stories to reach a wider audience. The Festival provides filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work in a stimulating and community friendly context.The Festival was founded in 1986, by Sharon Mujica, since has shared both classics and new releases from different genres of a rich and prolific Latin American cinema tradition. Since 2008 the festival is directed by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Audiences have been exposed to a wide range of critical and responsible narratives from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Festival invites filmmakers from many of the 26 countries of the region, it has shown films in 13 languages (not only Spanish), and has become a bridge between universities and cultural centers in the region. In response to the demographic changes in North Carolina, the Festival has also screened multiple films and invited speakers on issues such as migration, globalization, and new political landscapes in the Americas.
BASEBALL – DREAMS – VANISHED REBELLIONS | FOCUS: VENEZUELA
September 15 – October 13, 2015 | Festival Week. September 25 – October 4, 2015
This year the festival focuses on how film represents the dreams of many in the region, by the experience of baseball as one of the most important sports played and followed in the Americas; it also explores how art plays a role in the lives of young undocumented migrants; the current challenges regarding water in the Americas; and the victories and struggles of citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Cuba during the past decades. The film festival will encompass the fundamental relationship between life, sports, music, history, and politics in the Americas. Audiences will enjoy the presence of filmmakers, scholars, musicians, and artists.
2015 PROGRAM | DIRECTIONS TO VENUES | VENEZUELAN SERIES
Festival Director Miguel Rojas-Sotelo | Tel. (919) 681 3883
Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. This event is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the US Department of Education. Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Screen/Society, Duke Art of the Moving Image, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Romance Studies, Duke Women’s Studies, Duke Literature Program, FHI Humanities Writ Large, the Duke Brazil Initiative and the Global Brazil Lab, the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-CH, the Latino Migration Project at UNC-CH, UNC-CH Romance Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-CH, PRAGDA, North Carolina Central University, the Carolina Theatre of Durham, and the Durham Arts Council.
The Venezuelan series is possible thanks to the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC) in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Curated by Haydeé Chavero and Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Thanks to El Quixote Festival.
The NC Latin American Film Festival
Every fall the Latin American Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the region to North Carolina for multiple screenings of:
* Feature length films, Short Films, Documentaries, Animations, Video Art Films, art exhibits
* Panel discussions
* Q&A sessions
* Cultural events (music and dance)
The Festival is produced and organized by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at UNC-CH and Duke University.
The festival also promotes other film related activities throughout the year, including film series, documentary work, film discussions, and film screenings. Partnering with educational and cultural organizations helps to bring exciting material to the area.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE NC LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Festival is produced and organized by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at UNC-CH and Duke University and directed by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo.