2019 NC Latin American Film Festival

October 20 – November 2, 2019





Festival Week — October 20 – November 2
All events free and open to the public

(exception for films at NC Museum of Art)

The 2019 NCLAFF – dedicated to the concept of Time Machines – examines the Latin American experience through 33 films from Latin America and the United States. The films will explore past and present stories from the region through memory, re-enactment, historical revisions, fiction, science fiction, animation, among others. This year the NCLAFF presents a selection of short films from or about indigenous nations exploring the transformative nature of their stories of origins, experiences of displacement, and violence.  In addition, a number of contemporary films review the past and the formation of modern nations from individual and collective experiences.  Issues such as autocracy, the drug trade, corruption, race, gender, and mobility are present as expressions of the multiplicity of ways of being in Latin America. NCLAFF 2019 offers a glimpse of the vast selection of Latin American film production. Come to enjoy, reflect, and share.

Special guests (in alphabetical order):

Charles Bicalho. Filmmaker, Professor Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil).

Pablo Celis-Castillo. Film Critic, Elon University World Languages and Culture.

Gustavo Furtado. Author, Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil. Cinematic Archives of the Present. Duke Romance Studies.

Sarah Garrahan. Filmmaker, Co-producer The Infiltrators, editor Building the American Dream.

Chelsea Hernández. Filmmaker, Director Building the American Dream.

Miguel La Serna. Coauthor, The Shining Path: Love, madness and revolution in the Andes. UNC-CH History.

María López. Director of programming, Chicago International Latino Film Festival.

Sharon Mújica. Founding Director, NC Latin American Film Festival.

Cecilio Ortiz García. Professor of Political Science. Co-Founder National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez.

Alex Rivera. Filmmaker and Co-director, The Infiltrators. (CANCELLED)

Roque Nonini. Filmmaker, Director of Dis.em.POWER.ed.

Sandy Smith-Nonini. Filmmaker, Co-director and writer Dis.em.POWER.ed. UNC-CH Anthropology.

Orin Starn. Coauthor, The Shining Path: Love, madness and revolution in the Andes. Duke Cultural Anthropology.

Pepe Vargas. Director and founder Chicago International Latino Film Festival (Chicago).

UNC-CH and Duke Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Special Events

Three decades of Latin American Film Festivals in the U.S.

As the NC Latin American Film Festival (NCLAFF) celebrates its 34th anniversary we join forces with the longest-running Latin American Film Festival in the country, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which in May 2019 celebrated its 35th anniversary. Created by Pepe Vargas, the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) has grown to be one of the premier venues presenting films of cultural and social significance from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

The NCLAFF will organize special forums with the creator and director of the CLFF, Mr. Vargas, and the founder of the NCLAFF, Sharon Mújica, to reflect on the work of these visionary cultural leaders A special program of short films, animation, fiction, and documentaries from Latin America, curated by María López ( director of programming of the CLFF), will share visions on the most recent explorations of a new generation of audiovisual producers coming for the 35th CLFF. Another group of short films, celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, will be programmed to precede screenings of the featured films throughout the main festival week. A special exhibit ENCANTADA | ENCHANTED will share the process of creation of an indigenous story by members of the Maxakali people of Brazil.

Also during the main festival week:  Professor Gustavo Furtado (Duke Romance Studies) will give a talk about his latest book Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil. Cinematic Archives of the Present, and introduce his new research on indigenous documentaries in Brazil with participation of Professor Charles Bicalho (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais). Bicalho will visit classes and libraries to donate a set of collaborative art books created alongside the Maxakali communities in the Brazilian Amazon.

Professors Orin Starn (Duke Cultural Anthropology) and Miguel La Serna (UNC-CH History) will present their most recent book The Shining Path: Love, madness and revolution in the Andes (2019). Professor Pablo CelisCastillo (Elon University World Languages & Cultures) will discuss the film Caiga quien caiga (2018).

A special panel on Puerto Rico’s energy system and Puerto Rican reconstruction after Hurricane María will take place with the screening of the film Dis.Em.POWER.ed (Roque Nonini, 2019). With participation of the director, script writer and producer Sandy Smith-Nonini (Anthropology, UNC-CH), and scientists, such as Cecilio Ortíz García (University or Puerto Rico Mayaguez) and Dalia Patiño-Echeverrí (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke) among others looking at the issues of energy and sustainability in the island. They will be joined as well by student groups from UNC-CH and Duke working on Puerto Rico.

The festival will also feature two of the most important documentary films on the current situation of Latino migration. They explore issues of the broken migration system, detention centers, and the participation of migrant communities in the reconstruction of communities after major natural disasters. A lunch talk on Monday, Oct. 28 at 12pm at the Forum for Scholars and Publics (011 Old Chem, Duke University) with director and Latina filmmaker Chelsea Hernández will discuss her work making Building the American Dream along with editor Sarah Garrahan (Duke Alum 2014). For the screening of The Infiltrators, co-director Alex Rivera and co-producer Sarah Garrahan will be present.

A conversation on The Infiltrators and Building the American Dream will take place at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University on November 1st, with the presence of Sarah Garrahan, as part of DEMAN weekend.

Special programming  on the current situation in Venezuela will be introduced by former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and Duke Professor Patrick Duddy at the ERC Auditorium at Durham Tech Community College, along with the screening of the film I Am the People: Venezuela Under Populism.

Finally, the NCLAFF is proud to partner with the North Carolina Museum of Art on a film series (four titles) parallel to the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection (October 2019 to January 2020).

Some titles of the PRAGDA series will take place on dates in and around the main Festival week. Selected films are part of the NCLAFF Environmental Series.

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