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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

August 24 - September 03, 2017

Guest of Honour 2017: Cuba

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF) is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking. VLAFF's mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education.

See the full lineup of films here.

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is pleased to be partnering with VLAFF bringing Latin American cinema to SFU Vancouver for the seventh year in a row. This year, SFU Woodward's is sponsoring the free series, Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond.

Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond

September 2, 2017 | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

5:30 PM | Ritmos, Rhythms of Resilience 

Ritmos centres on the rhythms of resilience, traditions and practices of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Latin America. From the beat of the drum and the movement of bodies, to the raising of voices and the sharing in celebration, these short films highlight diverse and beautiful ways of engaging all relations, human and other. The rhythms of the land, ancestors, and survival are calling us to listen and feel. Ritmos is curated by Sonia Medel.

Feast of the Enchanted (A Festa dos Encantados) by Masanori Ohashy
The Grandfather Drum by Michelle Deroiser
Hila by Adam Bentley and Tiffany Ayalik
Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits by Love Intersections
Way of Giants (Caminho dos Gigantes) by Alois Di Leo

7:15 PM | Mara'Akame's Dream (El Sueño del Mara'akame)

México, 2016 | 90 mins
Wixárika and Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Federico Cecchetti

Nieri, a Wixárika youth, dreams of travelling to Mexico City in order to play a concert with his friends in their rock band. However his father, who is a Mara’akame (a shaman), has other desires for him. He is instructing him in the traditions of the Wixárika people, of the sacred nature of peyote and of how to find the Blue Deer, so that Nieri can learn to heal and become a Mara’akame like himself. Nieri must struggle between respect for his father’s wishes and his own desire to be on stage and hear the roar of the audience. He must find a way to decipher the troubling images within his dreams as they guide him down a path of self-awakening.


Tickets: $10-$13


When: August 24 - September 3, 2017

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is a gold sponsor of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

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