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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

August 24 - September 07, 2017


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

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is pleased to be partner with The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF) for the seventh year in a row to bring Latin American cinema to SFU Vancouver. Below you will find the full list of films that will be presented art the Goldcorp centre for Arts, including the free series: Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond.

VLAFF is a registered not-for-profit 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.

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VLAFF Films at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema:


The Distinguish Citizen
7:00 pm | Thur, Aug 24 | SOLD OUT
Added screening: 3:00 pm| Sat, Sept 2


Santa & Andrés
6:30 PM | Sun, Sept 3, 2017


Ceiba & The Strawberry Tree
6:30 PM | Tue, Aug 29 
Followed by a discussion with the directors.

Films by Simone Rapisarda Casanova and Noé Rodríguez two Film faculty members at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.


Ritmos, Rhythms of Resilience
5:30 PM | Sat, Sept 2, 2017

Mara'Akame's Dream 
7:15 PM | Sat, Sept 2, 2017

* Free for SFU Students

The Cambridge Squatter
2:00 PM | Wed, Sept 6, 2017

2:00 PM | Thur, Sept 7, 2017

* Please see the section below for the films' synopsis and other details.


7:00 pm |Thurs, Aug 24, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Added screening: 3:00 pm| Sat, Sept 2 

El ciudadano ilustre
Argentina, 2016 | 118 mins
Spanish with English subtitles
Directors: Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn

Daniel Mantovani, a Nobel Prize-winning author living in Barcelona, reluctantly accepts an invitation to receive a prize in his hometown of Salas in rural Argentina, after an absence of forty years. The town and its citizens turn out to have been the inspiration for many of the characters in his novels, which is a source of both pride and resentment for its citizens, who have never received any acknowledgement. Art, fame and the vagaries of literary inspiration all magnificently collide in this sly, satirical comedy by the talented filmmaking trio of Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn and Andrés Duprat (The Man Next Door). 


6:30 PM | Sun, Sept 3, 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema followed by the Closing Night Party at The World Art Centre with live music by Vancouver-based, Colombian band Breaking Boundaries.

Cuba, 2016 | 105 mins
Spanish with English subtitles | Director: Carlos Lechuga

Santa, a peasant woman loyal to the Revolution, is sent to guard Andrés, a gay writer who is under house arrest, considered “untrustworthy” for his ideas and sexuality by the Cuban authorities. Set in a small village in eastern Cuba during the early 1980s, this poignant political drama depicts an encounter between two deeply thoughtful souls on opposite sides of a profound cultural divide. Both have experienced deep loss, and both know the damaging effects of isolation and oppression. Even so, the cavernous ideological divide separating them — the same one that has separated Cuban friends and kin for over 50 years — has until now seemed insurmountable.


Ritmos, Rhythms of Resilience
5:30 PM | September 2, 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

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

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.

Mara'Akame's Dream (El Sueño del Mara'akame)
7:15 PM | September 2, 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

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.


6:30 PM | Tue, Aug 29, 2017 | Followed by a discussion with the directors.
Featuring films by Simone Rapisarda Casanova and Noé Rodríguez two Film faculty members at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. 

Canada/Cuba, 2011
Spanish with English subtitles | 70 min
Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba just weeks before a hurricane swept the site off the face of the earth, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary, and reverie. The villagers’ ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, transform a sensitive portrait of the unique Taíno-Spanish culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking itself and on humanity at the edge of time.

Canada/Cuba/Spain, 2016
Spanish with English subtitles | 28 min
Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Noé Rodríguez

Lightning respects the ceiba tree... and no one else. Caribbean proverb


2:00 PM | Wed, Sept 6, 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Brazil, 2016  | 100  min | Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Lingala with English subtitles | Director: Eliane Caffé

A diverse group of refugees and low-income Brazilian workers occupy the Hotel Cambridge, a formerly abandoned concrete high-rise in downtown São Paulo. The authorities have given its residents 15 days to move out or be thrown out. Led by Dona Carmen and the FLM (Front in the Struggle for Housing), the residents band together to defend their rights. Blending documentary and fiction, the film brings the viewer into the intimate lives of several of the residents including Ngandu from the Congo, and Hassam and his nephew Kalil from Palestine. Daily dramas, comical situations and different views on the world commingle in this fascinating and inspiring glimpse into Brazil’s housing and anti-gentrification movement.

2:00 PM | Thursday, Sept 7, 2017
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
USA, 2017 | English | 95 min | Director: Peter Bratt

History tells us that César Chávez transformed the U.S. labour movement by creating the United Farm Workers Union in the early 1960s. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chávez for racial and labour justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were—and still are—sidelined and diminished. Peter Bratt’s illuminating and engaging documentary is a powerful portrait of one of the most important social justice activists in U.S. history and a long-overdue tribute to a pioneering woman.


Tickets: $10-$13


When: August 24 - September 7, 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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