2013 NC LAFF

NC Latin American Film Festival | DIASPORAS & INDIGENEITY

Sepember 16 to October 15, 2013

This year the festival features a series focused on the life of diasporic communities,using films, documentaries, panel discussions, lectures, class visits and open forums, with a special attention to hemispheric Native and Indigenous audiovisual production.

This year the festival features 27 films, from eleven countries, with the presence of fifteen filmmakers. The festival includes feature length films, short films, and documentary films, grouped in three series:

1. Spanish and Latin/o American Film Series (LFS): Curated by Samuel Amago and Cristina Carrasco, Romance Languages and Literatures UNC-CH. Thanks to PRAGDA, an independent cultural initiative to promote Spanish and Latin American cinema and a film distribution company, through the Spanish Film Club, which offers to help universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to campuses to introduce students to the language and cultures of these territories.

Location: Bingham 103, UNC. Chapel Hill | Dates: September  24 – October 1.

Location: Nelson Mandela Auditorium (GEC) | Dates: October  8 & 15

Film Screenings: 7.00 pm.

Sponsored by: PRAGDA, Romance Languages UNC-CH, Center for Global Initiatives UNC-CH

2. Native & Indigenous Film Series | October 4, 5,6,7 & 9

Location: RICHARD WHITE AUDITORIUM. Duke East Campus; NELSON MANDELA AUDITORIUM. GEC, UNC-CH; GRIFFITH FILM THEATER. Bryan Center, Duke.  See especial program and related events

Sponsored by: Hemispheric Indigeneity in the Global Age, Mellon Foundation -Partnership in a Global Age grant; American Indian Center, UNC-CH; Native and Indigenous Studies, UNC-CH, Duke Center for Canadian Studies.

Thanks to Native Networks, American Experience, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU

3.  Jews and Muslims in Latin/o America and the Caribbean Series (JMS)  | October, 1 & 2. 2013

Location: Bingham 103, UNC; John Hope Franklin Center at Duke; and the Griffith Film Theatre at Duke | Dates: October 1 & 2

Academic Event: W@TC, October 2, noon-1pm.

|  Film Screenings: 7.00 pm.

“This events are part of the Center for European Studies’ initiative, “Jews & Muslims: Histories, Diasporas, and the Meaning of the European,” funded through a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the Duke University Office of the Provost, and co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, and Duke Islamic Studies Center.”


Monday Sep. 16

Community Screening and Workshop (by invitation). INOCENTE (2012)
10.30 am. Holton Center
Noon-3.00 pm. Workshop (by invitation)

Monday Sep. 16 | Richard White. Duke. 7.00 pm.


Inocente, Andrea Nix Fine & Sean Fine (US-Latino.  2012).

A personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist’s determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in her story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do. 40 min.

Followed by Q&A with Inocente. Reception and Print Sale. Fredric Jameson Gallery. Duke East Campus

Presented by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South and co-sponsored by Duke
Libraries, Mi Gente, Screen/Society, Two-Way Bridges/Puentes de Doble Via (Humanities Writ
Large), and the the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Tuesday Sep. 17 | Bingham 103, UNC. Chapel Hill

7.00 pm.

Here and There (Aquí y Allá). Antonio Méndez Esparza (Mexico. 2012) LFS

Winner of the top prize in the Critics’ Week section of Cannes, Antonio Méndez Esparza’s directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. After many years in New York, Pedro returns home to Guerrero, Mexico, to an overwhelmed wife and daughters he barely knows. Pedro struggles to secure a job in town and establish his place as the head of the household. Just as the family begins to regain their balance, Pedro and his wife Teresa are thrown into turmoil, facing a difficult pregnancy and the prospect of a new child. A rare and authentic look into the realities of Mexican life and bureaucracy, the untrained cast offer moving performances that capture the love, traditions and customs many must leave behind. Garnering universal relevance, Here and There explores the rebirth of a family’s relationship and a father’s sacrifice to give his family an opportunity to succeed in a society destined to fail. 110 min.

Introduced by Oswaldo Estrada. Romance, UNC-CH

Tuesday Sep. 24 |  Bingham 103, UNC. Chapel Hill 

7.00 pm.

Clandestine Childhood (Infancia Clandestina). Benjamin Ávila (Argentina, Spain, Brazil. 2012) LFS

Upon return to Buenos Aires Juan and his family take refuge with Juan’s uncle, whose chocolatepeanut business provides a front for their anti-government action. Argentina under the brutal government of General Jorge Rafael Videla saw millions “disappear”, and Juan’s family struggles to escape unscathed. Mystified by his parents’ plight, Juan’s first budding romance sees him distracted by his dawning sexuality. As a heartbreaking series of events unfold, Juan observes life around himself – unsure of where he fits in or how to make his voice heard.

Blending vivid memories with imaginative recreations, stylised animation boldly intersects the film in its darkest moments. Natalia Oreiro (My First Wedding, 2012’s festival hit) delivers a nuanced, moving performance as Juan’s mother Cristina. Riveting and beautifully touching, the deeply personal Clandestine Childhood marks Ávila as an unmistakable talent to watch. 112 min

Wed. Sep. 25 | Franklin Center, 240. Durham

7.00 pm | Introduced by Andrea Woods, Dance Program. Duke

La Salsa Cubana. Joseph Johnson & Sarita Streng (Cuba. 2011)

A dance group from the outskirts of Havana strives to win the Cuban national dance competition. The group comes from the Guanabacoa neighborhood and their passion is Cuban salsa. Along with the group’s journey, we hear about the fabulous Cuban music, the ins and outs of the dancers’ personal lives, and the history of the dance as told by old school dancers who were there when it started. This is an authentic and rare view of Cuba today and the dancing that lifts the national spirit.  80min.

Sponsored by the Duke Dance Program.

Monday Sep. 30 | Carolina Theatre.  Durham

7.00 pm.

NO. Pablo Larraín (Chile) 2012

When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, René Saavedra (Gaél García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression. 118 min.

Introduced by Rodrigo Dorfman.

Tuesday Oct. 1 | Bingham 103, UNC. Chapel Hill

7.00 pm.

Papirosen, Pablo Chernov (Argentina. 2011) LFS/JMS

Fashioning nearly 200 hours of footage shot over a decade into a family portrait at once epic and intimate, the young Argentinian filmmaker Solnicki (whose previous film was süden) elevates the home movie to an art. Four generations of his Buenos Aires clan are captured on vacations and at family gatherings, as well as in small everyday moments. Digging into the family archives and incorporating the musings of his grandmother, Pola, a Holocaust survivor, Solnicki crafts a deeply affecting meditation on the meaning of family and the weight of history. 74 min.

As part of the Jews and Muslim Series and the Spanish and Latin/o Film Series.

Wednesday Oct. 2 | Franklin Center (240). Durham

 Noon – 1.00 pm

Round table on Visual Cultures of Jews and Muslims in the Americas.

On Living In-Between Worlds: Diasporas and cultural expression in todays Latino/a American Muslim and Jewish Culture

A panel discussion:  Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia; Rodrigo Dorfman, Independent filmmaker; and Jennifer Maytorena-Taylor, University of California Santa Cruz, Filmmaker and Scholar

The panel will introduce historically and in contemporary practices the presence of diasporas of Muslims and Jews in the Americas and their cultural expressions, which have been marginalized or silenced by hegemonic constructions of culture. In particular, traces and testimonies of the Jewish, Hispano-Muslim, black-African, and Amerindian communities and contemporary religious and cultural expressions of migrants and exile peoples.


Wednesday Oct. 2 | Griffith Film Theatre, Duke. 7.00 pm. 

New Muslim Cool, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor (USA. 2011) JMS

Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim.

Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M-Team. Raising his two kids as a single dad and longing for companionship, Hamza finds love on a Muslim networking website and seizes the chance for happiness in a second marriage. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from Christian and Jewish communities.

It takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through the streets, from Puerto Rico to the projects and jail cells of urban America, from Christianity to Islam, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places — where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing. 83 min.

“This screening is part of the Center for European Studies’ initiative, “Jews & Muslims: Histories, Diasporas, and the Meaning of the European,” funded through a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the Duke University Office of the Provost, and co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, and Duke Islamic Studies Center.”

Q&A with the Director

Thursday Oct. 3 |  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, GEC. UNC-CH. Chapel Hill – Reception preceding (6.30pm)


Neighbouring Sounds | O Som ao Redor, Kleber Mendoça Filho (Brazil. 2012)

Life in a middle-class neighborhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbor’s dog. A slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise.

Introduced by Gustavo Furtado. Romance, Duke

Native & Indigenous Film Series | October 4, 5,6,7 & 9

As part of the “Hemispheric Indigeneity in the Global Age” project, the series explores in comparative/contextual fashion Native and Indigenous worldviews, in particular the ones related to self-representation and governability, health and environment, and the ontology of being Native/Indigenous in today’s global age. The series intends to bring together cultural producers, shoolars, Native and Indigenous filmmakers, artists, and general public to explore, share, and act upon some of the most pressing issues first nations and pueblos originarios faced today. 


Tuesday. October 8 | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, GEC. UNC-CH. Chapel Hill 

7.00 pm.

After Lucía (Después de Lucía). Michel Franco (Mexico, 2012) LFS

Roberto and his daughter, Alejandra, travel to Mexico City to begin a new life after the death of his wife, Lucía. Unable to cope with their grief and the pace of the unfamiliar city, the two proceed with their new lives at work and school, communicating less and turning inward. When Alejandra becomes the center of repulsive taunting and bullying, she remains silent to protect her father from further pain. This sparks continuous cruel abuse and humiliation from her classmates. Roberto is pushed to his limit when Alejandra disappears and the truth of her mistreatment is revealed. Probing the causes of malice and violence, Michel Franco’s second feature brilliantly juxtaposes a steady reflexive camera with his protagonist’s passivity in the face of brutal torture. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Category at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, this exquisitely original story details the sorrow and distress that ultimately leads a heartbroken father to the edge. 102. MIN

Tuesday. October 15 | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, GEC. UNC-CH. Chapel Hill 

7.00 pm.

Wilaya. Pedro Rosado (Spain, 2012) LFS

Fatimetu is born to a Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp in Algeria and later sent to live with foster parents in Spain. After the death of her mother she returns to the camp. She has been absent for sixteen years. Her brother now expects her to stay and look after her sister Hayat, who has difficulty walking. Fatimetu, who unlike the other women can drive a car, finds work transporting animals, meat and bread from one administrative district to another. In time, the Sahrawi people become accustomed to the woman who tears about the desert without a hijab in her beaten up jeep. But Fatimetu is torn between life in the desert and her memories of her family and friends in Spain.
The Sahrawi are a Moorish ethnic group in Algeria that is still waiting for the referendum that will define their status under international law. Told in concentrated, poetic images, Pedro Pérez Rosado’s film does not only give us the story of two reunited sisters or the clash of two different cultures; he also allows his Saharan protagonists to describe in their own words their political and social predicament.

Introduced by Cristina Carrasco, Romance. UNC-CH


NOTE. Films in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Native and Indigenous languages with English Subtitles
2013 NC Latin American Film Festival Venues:

In Durham: Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street; The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Cinema 1, 309 W Morgan St, Durham; at Duke University’s the Richard White Auditorium, East Campus; the Griffith Film Theater at the Bryan Center; and the John Hope Franklin Center, room 240. In Chapel Hill: at the University of North Carolina Binham Hall, 103; and the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill.

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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 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, US Department of Education, and the Duke University Provost Office. Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-CH, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Duke Dance Program, Duke Center for Canadian Studies, Duke Center for European Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke Screen/Society, UNC-CH Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC-CH Center for Global Initiatives, The Ackland Art Museum at UNC-CH, PRAGDA, and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Thanks to Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies NYU.

Festival Director and Programer, Miguel Rojas-Sotelo

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