2012 NC LAFF

2012 NC Latin American Film Festival | Water and Revolution Series | October  4  to 12, 2012

For 2012 the NC Latin American Film Festival is moving to October, to celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month.” The Festival is also partnering with new institutions such as the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-CH and the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill in a series dedicated to the Hispanic Heritage Month. The Festival is also collaborating with the Haiti Lab at Duke University in developing a Duke Haitian Film Series for Fall 2012.



THU. 10|04. Chapel Hill. Varsity Theatre. 7pm


Nostalgia por la luz | Nostalgia for the Light. Patricio Guzmán (Chile. 2011). 90 min.

The Atacama is a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, from the foot of the mountains, women who are surviving relatives of the disappeared search, even after 25 years, for the remains of their loved ones to reclaim their families’ histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, “Nostalgia For The Light” is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.

Spanish with English Subtitles

    • Nostalgia for the Light

FRI. 10| 05. Duke. Richard White Auditorium. 7pm


Two Americans. Daniel DeVivo & Valeria Fernández (Latino/USA. 2012). 100 min.

The life of a 9-year old child is forever changed when “America’s Toughest Sheriff” arrests her Mexican parents for working at a local carwash. Fighting to rescue her parents from deportation, Katherine Figueroa becomes the poster child of a movement to oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office. Exposed by the media, Kathy’s family is challenged to overcome their fear of living in Arizona. But when Sheriff Joe uses his power to retaliate against the County Board, it’s the legality of his actions that is questioned. Now the Sheriff’s fate hangs in the balance of an FBI criminal probe. “Two Americans” will examine the very personal impact of U.S. immigration policies.

English and Spanish with Subtitles  | Reception to follow the screening

Presented with the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Duke

    • Two Americans

SAT. 10| 06. Duke. Richard White Auditorium. 4pm


To Stay or Go?  Voices From Oaxaca. Elva Bishop (USA-Mexico. 2012). 37min

“To Stay or Go?  Voices From Oaxaca” follows a delegation organized by Witness for Peace and CHICLE Language Institute to the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.  While in Oaxaca the group faced the forces driving emigration: economics, NAFTA, lack of resources due to international corporations, and resulting broken families. Strategies to cope with staying include creative farming methods in the dry Mixteca region, the preservation of native seeds, a women’s weaving co-operative, organizations to protect indigenous rights, and the empowerment of women and alternative education. The complexity of the dangers and possibilities affects families on both sides of the border.

Spanish and English with Subtitles.  Presented with Witness for Peace

    • To Stay or Go? Voices from Oaxaca

SAT. 10| 06. Duke. Richard White Auditorium. 7pm


Y también la lluvia| Even the Rain. Iciar Bollain (Mexico/Spain/France. 2010). 110 min.

The story intertwines Columbus’ arrival in the Americas with the making of a film; it mixes the Spanish crown’s exploitation of gold in the 16th century with the fight for water in Cochabamba in the year 2000.  The film takes us from the fiction of a period film to the reality of a film set in a small Bolivian city.  And from that reality to another which is deeper and more dramatic, that faced by people with practically no rights, prohibited by law from collecting even the rain. But “Even the Rain” does much more than compare historic events.  It transcends the detail and delves into something much deeper and more universal, the never ending processes of colonialism and neo-colonialism in the Americas.

Spanish & Aymara with English Subtitles  |  Some violence and partial nudity

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SUN. 10|07. UNC. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 4pm


Sembradores de Agua y Vida | Those who Sow Water and Life. Ojo de Agua Comunicaciones (Mexico. 2011) 30 min.

Peasants from the districts of Octolán and Ximantlán in the Central Valley of the State of Oaxaca have established the “Coordinating Committee of Communities United for the Defense and Conservation of Water.” They are searching for solutions to the problems. Their love for their Mother Earth and their respect for nature guide them as they gain a wealth of knowledge. They are successful in spite of the government’s indifference and denial that the right to water is a basic human right.

Spanish with English Subtitles

Owners of Water: Conflict and Collaboration over Rivers. Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar, Caimi Waiasse. (Brazil. 2009). 38 min.

A collaboration between indigenous filmmakers (a central Brazilian Xavante and a Wayuu from Venezuela) and an anthropologist explores a campaign headed by the Xavante to protect the Rio das Mortes River Basin from the uncontrolled soy cultivation that brings deforestation and pollution to the watershed. The Xavantes’ May 25, 2006 blockade of a national highway in Mato Grosso raises awareness of their concerns and builds support for their efforts.

Portuguese with English Subtitles

Mapocho. Cristobal Zapata (Chile. 2010). 25 min

The river Mopocho is born in the Andes and descends to the city of Santiago. A visual journey of the most important water resource in Chile.

Silent film

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SUN. 10|07. UNC. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 7pm

Special Introduction by John French, Department of History, Duke

Lula, Filho do Brasil |Lula, The Son of Brazil. Fabio Barreto (Brazil. 2010). 131 min.

Brazil’s most expensively produced film and its submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011 is an emotional story of the early years of that country’s most beloved president, Lula da Silva, a man who came from nowhere to rise impossibly to the heights of success. Lula grew up in extreme poverty, guided by a strong mother who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her son with the drive and courage to live life without fear and to remember where he came from. “Lula, Son of Brazil” follows Lula from childhood along his path to politics and union organizing during the years when Brazil was a military dictatorship. His mother, the emotional pillar of the film, is played by Gloria Pires, one of Brazil’s leading actresses.

Portuguese with English Subtitles

    • Lula Son of Brazil

MON. 10|08. Durham. Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1. 7pm

La Teta Asustada | The Milk of Sorrow. Claudia Llosa (Peru. 2010). 100 min.

Fausta suffers from “the milk of sorrow”, an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who have been violated or mistreated during the war of terrorism in Peru. The war has ended, but Fausta cannot forget it because “the illness of fear” stole her soul. Now, her mother’s sudden death forces her to confront her fears and the secret that is hidden inside of her: she has inserted a potato into her vagina to serve as a protective shield that repels disgusting intruders. “The Milk of Sorrow” is the story of a search for re-awakening, a journey from fear to freedom.

Spanish and Quechua with English Subtitles  |  Some violence and partial nudity

    • Milk of Sorrow

TUE. 10|09. UNC. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 7pm


El regreso de Lencho | The Return of Lencho. Mario Rosales  (Guatemala. 2011). 96 min.

Lorenzo (aka Lencho), is a 30-year-old artist and graffiti artist who returns to Guatemala after living for a decade in New York. Eager to bring artistic expression to his home country silenced by over 30 years of civil war, Lencho assembles a collective of artists to produce public art projects with social impact. As their first activity, the group organizes a mural, hip hop, poetry and graffiti art festival in Rabinal, a small indigenous town in the Guatemalan highlands. The group’s work draws the interest of the chief of a secret “social cleansing” squad of the national police designed to squash dissension and organizing among the youth. As Lencho labors to coordinate the components of the festival, he finds himself increasingly haunted by memories of his father’s death, a journalist killed during the army dictatorship.

Spanish and Maya Quiché with English Subtitles

    • The Return of Lencho

WED. 10|10. Duke. Griffith Film Theatre. 7pm

When the Drum is Beating. Whitney Dow  (USA/Haiti. 2011). 84 min.

In Haiti, there is one band that’s seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades, this 20-piece band has been making beautiful music – a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats. The passion, commitment, dreams, and joy of Septentrional’s musicians reveal the indomitable Haitian spirit. With a sweeping narrative and infectious music, this is the story of not just one band’s survival, but also Haiti’s survival. The band embodies a particular Haitian trait: the ability to find beauty in places of darkness. “When the Drum is Beating” interweaves the extraordinary story of Septentrional’s six decades of creativity with the history of Haiti.

French, Haitian Creole and English with Subtitles

THU. 10|11. Chapel Hill. Varsity Theatre. 7pm

Revolución |Revolution. (Mexico. 2010). 140 min.

Mariana Chenillo (“La tienda de raya”). Fernando Eimbcke (“La bienvenida”). Amat Escalante (“El cura Nicolás colgado”). Gael García Bernal (“Lucio”). Rodrigo García (“La Séptima y Alvarado”). Diego Luna (“Pacífico”). Gerardo Naranjo (“R-100”). Rodrigo Plá (“30/30”). Carlos Reygadas (“Este es mi reino”). Patricia Riggen (“Lindo y querido”).

A series of 10 shorts  made to mark the centenary of the Mexican revolution. “Revolución” analyzes through the eyes of the directors what is the revolution today and what it means to the young minds of Mexico. What did the Mexican revolution achieve and what is its legacy today?

Spanish with English Subtitles  |  Some violence and partial nudity

    • Revolution

FRI. 10|12. UNC. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 7pm


José Martí: el ojo del canario |Martí: the Eye of the Canary. Fernando Pérez (Cuba. 2010).

120 min.

The film portrays, fictionally, the story of young José Martí, between 9 and 17 years of age. These were the only years in which he got to know his country up close, years in which he learned to love and understand it and prepared for his life’s work. This is not a biography. It is a spiritual journey.

Spanish with English Subtitles

Preceded by reception and a live music concert by Charanga Carolina. 5.30 – 7.00 pm. FedEx Global Education Center, Atrium. UNC-Chapel Hill
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(Parking is limited at all sites.)
Carolina Theatre. 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC.

For more information, contact (919) 560-3030.
Griffith Film Theater,Bryan Center. 125 Science Drive, Duke West Campus. Durham, NC.

For more information call (919) 681-3980.
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University

East Campus. Durham,NC.

For more information call (919) 681-3980.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.

For more information, call (919) 966-1484.
Varsity Theatre. 123 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill,Chapel Hill, NC.

For more information call  (919) 967-8665.

This event is made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke, the Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, the Haiti Lab at Duke, and the Duke Screen/Society,

In collaboration with the Carolina Theatre of Durham, The Ackland Art Museum at UNC-CH, and the Varsity Theatre of Chapel Hill

More Information: Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Festival Director (919) 681 3883 / mlr34@duke.edu

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