The 2014 NC Latin American Film Festival | SOUNDS & RHYTHMS From Latin America and the Caribbean
Save the dates, September 25 to November 6, 2014.
Festival Week October 4 – 11, 2014.
Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University
Attn: Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Festival Director
Address: 133 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705
From September 25 to November 6, Durham and Chapel Hill will enjoy sounds, rhythms, images, and stories from the Americas. This year the festival focuses on the way music/rhythm is intertwined within the social, cultural, and historical constructions of the region. Sound-scapes and rhythm-scapes that represent the joys and sorrows and the individual and collective voices of peoples across the hemisphere will encapsulate the fundamental relationship between life and music in the Americas. Audiences will enjoy the presence of filmmakers, musicians, and artists. The NC Latin American Film Festival (NC LAFF) is a signature event of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is also a key “Hispanic Heritage Month” event. Do not miss it!
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This year the festival features 17 feature length films, in addition to a number of short films, and video clips. Also the NC LAFF will feature “live music” by local musicians accompanying some of the films of the festival: Bradley Simmons, the accomplished Afro-Cuban drum player and director of the Duke Djembe Ensemble, together with other musicians, will perform a “live-score” of the film SEMPER FIDEL; Chilean composer and musician Carlos Salvo will feature his new composition honoring Violeta Parra, titled “Allegro con Brio;” finally L.E.T.A.L., a local Latin Rock Band will close the festival with a special “jam-session” for those followers of South American rock music. (See more details in the general program)
Festival highlights include: 10/4. SAT. Richard White Auditorium, Duke. Durham. 4:00pm CHICO & RITA. Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando / Cuba, Spain, UK, Argentina / 2012 / 94 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. A tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of both Cuba and jazz. The soundtrack features music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole, performed by Idania Valdés, Carlos Sarduy, Horacio Hernández, Rolando Luna, Germán Velazco and Jorge Reyes.
10/4. SAT. Richard White Auditorium, Duke. Durham. 7:00pm SEMPER FIDEL. Robert Pietri / Cuba, USA / 2014 / 90 min. English and Spanish with English subtitles. Spinning a classic, multifaceted story against an uncommon backdrop, Semper Fidel tells the tale of a U.S. Marine who investigates the life of his father, a Cuban sports star. Stunning scenes against the Cuban landscapes and the city of Havana propel this character-driven drama forward, highlighting the conflict of place and identity the protagonist feels, and allowing the viewer to take the journey alongside him. *Special Screening with live-score performance, featuring Bradley Simmons and participation of the Film Director. Q&A following the screening.
10/6. MON. Carolina Theatre. Durham. 7:00pm VIOLETA SE FUE A LOS CIELOS | VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN. Andrés Wood / Chile / 2011 / 110 min. Spanish with English subtitles. The film tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Her achievements are suspended in a passionate journey with the characters that made her dream, laugh and cry. *Special musical introduction by Chilean composer and interpreter Carlos Salvo.
10/7. TUE. Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Campus. Durham. 7:00pm BAÍA DE TODOS OS SANTOS | BAY OF ALL SAINTS. Annie Eastman / US-Brazil / 2012 / 74 min. Portuguese with English subtitles. In Salvador da Bahía, next to one of Brazil’s wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. Under a government program to reclaim and restore the bay, hundreds of families face forced relocation. Filmed over six years, this extraordinary documentary offers fresh insights into environmental justice and notions of home for citizens bypassed by Brazil’s economic boom.
10/9. THU. Carolina Theatre. Durham. 7:00pm MERCEDES SOSA. LA VOZ DE LATINOAMERICA | MERCEDES SOSA. THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA. Rodrigo Villa / Argentina / 2013 / 52 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Journey into the world of Argentina’s most famous musical artist. Over a career that spanned 50 years, Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left behind an incredible legacy as an artist who went beyond the borders of music to become one of the most influential – and loved – personalities of the 20th century.
10/10. FRI. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00pm PELO MALO | BAD HAIR Mariana Rondón / Venezuela / 2013 / 93 min. Spanish with English Subtitles. A nine-year-old boy, Junior, lives in a Caracas shanty-town; he is obsessed with becoming a singer and having straight long-hair, which elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. She loves her kids, would endure almost anything for them, but she cannot abide Junior’s preening and fussing over his appearance.
10/11. SAT. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 4.00pm TROPICÁLIA. Marcelo Machado / Brazil / 2012 / 87 min. English and Portuguese with English subtitles. This carefully researched film investigates the cultural movement dubbed Tropicália, which began in Brazil during the 1960s as a reaction to the popular music and nationalism of the period. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé and others mull over their experiences from that time, while magnificent archival footage brings to life the sheer inventiveness and political reach of “Tropicalism.”
GIMME THE POWER. Olallo Rubio / Mexico / 2012 / 90 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Gimme the Power presents a version of the history of Mexico by using popular culture, in particular the work of the rock band MOLOTOV. The members of the band become informants of such reality by sharing the stories of the lyrics of their songs while they were developed. Both history and story telling (from the perspective of the musicians) are intertwined. A country in constant crisis, a search for a real democracy after the hegemony of the PRI, and a band that gives the ‘soundtrack” of discontent. Additionally the NC LAFF presents a photo exhibit by local photographer and documentarian Charles D. Thompson titled
ROSTROS DEL TIEMPO | FACES OF TIME. September 30 to December 15, 2014, John Hope Franklin Center Hall Gallery. 2204 Erwin Road. Durham, NC. 27705. In conjunction with the exhibit we will host a panel discussion on the history of Braceros on October 8, 2014 as part of the Wednesdays at the Center series, noon-1pm. John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240. And a film screening:
10/8. WED. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00pm Rostros del Tiempo | Faces of Time. Charles D. Thompson / Mexico, USA / 2014 / 15 min. Spanish with English subtitles. These are the faces of ex-Braceros (or sometimes their widows who stand for them) who worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers between the years 1942-1964. They gather every Sundayin Ciudad Juárez to protest because they still have not received the retirement benefits they earned half a century ago.
Followed by: VIDA PROPIA. Sarah Garrahan / USA-Latino / 2014 / 52 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Vida Propia is an intimate portrait of Nora Méndez, a 43-year-old mother of three living in Durham, North Carolina. Nora works as a cook in a Latino-fusion restaurant; lately she has started her own food truck business. *Special event with presence of the director and participants of the films, Q&A to follow the screenings.
All Festival activities are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
As in previous years, the Festival will take place in several venues. Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, East Campus. Durham, NC. 27705. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC. 27514. Carolina Theatre. 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC. 27701. Educational Resource Center- ERC Auditorium, Durham Technical Community College, Main Campus. Durham, NC. 27701. Farrison-Newton Communications Building Theatre, North Carolina Central University. Durham, NC. 27707. Full Frame Theatre. American Tobacco Campus. 318. Blackwell St, Durham, NC. 27701.
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 and the US Department of Education.
Co-sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Screen/Society, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, UNC Romance Languages and Literatures, Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Duke-UNC Middle East Studies Center, the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke, PRAGDA, North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College, El Centro Hispano, and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.