13th Gainesville Latino Film Festival

13th Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Sep 13, 2017|NewsCultural| by Savanna Kearney

Celebrate Latin American stories and culture at the 13th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, presented by the Latina Women’s League. From September 14 to September 30, all throughout Gainesville, the festival will show a variety of highly acclaimed films from many different Latin American countries, including Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala and the U.S.

 Get especially excited for Migas de Pan or Breadcrumbs, sponsored by Holbrook Travel. This Uruguayan  and Spanish film, starring Cecilia Roth and Justina Bustos, follows the story of Liliana who, along with many other women, is preparing a lawsuit after being kidnapped and tortured between 1973 and 1985 for having dissenting political views. Although the plot is fictional, the movie is set during an actual period of military rule in Uruguay’s history. Director Manane Rodriguez shifts between dealing with pain of the past and seeking justice in the present, while highlighting the endurance and strength of women.

Migas de Pan will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Historic Thomas Center. There will also be an introduction to the film and follow-up Q&A with Dr. Martha Kohen, a Uruguayan architecture professor at the University of Florida.  Migas de Pan is just one of 14 unique and thought-provoking Latin American films that will be shown.

Other festival events include a salsa concert, an art walk, a bilingual story time family event, musical and dance performances and more. Admission for movies and events is free and first-come, first-served, although guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to screenings to ensure admission. Visit http://gainesvillelatinofilmfestival.com/ for more information, including dates, times, locations and sponsors.