Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2011 (overview)

Year after year, it looks like my involvement with the communities I’m part of is growing, and I am very proud to announce that is a media sponsor for the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2011. I have been covering the VLAFF for years, but this is my first year as a media sponsor. We will be providing A LOT of coverage on my site and reviewing films.

LAFF is a registered non-profit charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema. This annual festival promotes dialogue between cultures and explores historical and social issues through the eyes of filmmakers. Since 2003, VLAFF has continued to provide audiences with the unique opportunity of experiencing Latin American cinema in Vancouver.

VLAFF Mission
+ To conduct a Film Festival for the purpose of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of Latin American cinema.
+ To conduct educational workshops and seminars.
+ To provide independent filmmakers with the opportunity to display their artistic efforts.
+ To provide Canadian audiences with an opportunity to observe a variety of films, which closely reflect the society and people of Latin American countries.
+ To generate a network between the Canadian and Latin American film industries and forge an artistic alliance between the two.

I am doubly proud because next Spring 2012 I will be teaching Latin American Environmental Politics and I will be able to share some Latin-American films that have showcased problems of resource scarcity, water and solid waste management issues, etc.

This year, as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, September 1-11, 2011, VLAFF 9 will once again feature the section Canada Looks South. This special program is dedicated to Canadian and Latin-Canadian filmmakers who explore Latin American subjects and whose work has been gaining international recognition. The 2011 edition of Canada Looks South includes four feature-length films as well as two special programs.

Beyond the Miracle (Detrás del milagro)
Friday Sept. 2, 4:45 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (Free admission, $2 VLAFF Membership required)
Sunday Sept. 4, 3 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque

Directed by Montreal-based Chilean filmmaker, Orlando Arriagada. This documentary features interviews with four of the thirty-three miners who survived over two months trapped in the San José mine in northern Chile in 2010. Los 33, as they are known, became popular heroes after their ordeal. They were assailed by the media, recognized in the street, and always in demand. But beyond their miraculous rescue, who are these men that everyone has been fighting over?

Orlando Arrigada will participate in Q&A sessions following both screenings.

Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliat)
Friday Sept. 2, 3 p.m. |SFU Harbour Centre (Free admission, $2 VLAFF Membership required)
Friday Sept. 9, 3 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque

Directed by Toronto-based Mexican filmmaker, Nicolás Pereda. Blending fiction and documentary, Verano de Goliat is a journey through the characters and landscape of a small town in Mexico. The film drifts with the main character, Teresa, through spaces and people suffering the effects of lost loved ones, broken promises, disconnection and eternal longing.

(Competing for the Youth Choice Award)

To Flower From Skin, A Bouquet from Colombia (A Flor de piel, un ramo de Colombia)
Friday Sept. 2, 6:15 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (Free admission, $2 VLAFF Membership required)

Directed by Vancouver-based Québécois filmmakers, Sarah and Simon Charland-Faucher.

The VLAFF opening night party is at the Waldorf Hotel. You should totally check it out! Also, the lineup of films looks amazing. Your membership costs only $2 and each film’s ticket price is $10 (which is really inexpensive if you think this is a world-class, first-rate film festival). You can get tickets here.

There is a number of great films I’m looking forward to catching, but one of them is the feature in the Mexican gala night (Sunday September 11th): Las Buenas Hierbas (from Maria Novaro). Check out the trailer below. Hopefully you’ll be as excited with the VLAFF as I am. is a proud media sponsor for the 2011 edition of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Follow all our coverage here on the VLAF2011 tag or on the Facebook page


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Comments (1)

PaulaAugust 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

This year’s festival seems to be featuring really interesting and eclectic films. I am particularly curious about El Verano de Goliat!

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