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Latin American Women in the music industry at London’s FLAWA festival

FLAWA festival seeks to promote the visibility of Latin American women in the UK arts scene and beyond. Last week at FLAWA’s panel discussion, the spotlight was on women in the music industry. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Female Latin American musicians are underrepresented in the UK. This was the first statement made at FLAWA‘s Women in Music […]

Truth and Memory in Peru: A Conversation with Jesús Cossio

Alexander Hill speaks to Peruvian comic book artist Jesús Cossio. The artist sheds light on his work which documents Peru’s bloody recent history.  17 May 1980 marked the start of the bloodiest war in Peruvian history. It was an internal conflict in which 69,280 Peruvians lost their lives as victims of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture, massacres, and […]

Birds of Passage: an engagingly educational gangster affair

Maximilian Gibson comments on Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage on the day of its release in UK cinemas and online. A film very different from their Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, will it receive the same praise and how will Brits interpret this recognisable tale?   Birds of Passage offers at points an engaging exploration […]

A Soulful Evening with Carla Morrison

Elias Ephron reviews the Mexican alternative indie artist and Latin Grammy winning musician Carla Morrison’s recent intimate Bristol Show. The Mexican singer Carla Morrison’s May 3rd Concert at The Station was – in a word – angelic. With that I refer not just to the singer’s vocals, which enveloped the small space in a cloud […]

This month we’re reading… Short Walks from Bogotá

Every month, we tell you which Latin American writings we are reading. Taking many different forms and featuring writers stretching the whole of the South, Central and North America, we bring to you a wide selection of the works that are stirring literary interests. This month, Tilly Compton delves into Tom Feiling’s enthralling journey through Colombia’s […]

HOW ONE FESTIVAL IS REVOLUTIONISING THE PERIPHERIES OF SÃO PAULO

Bristolatino’s Literature Editor Isaac Norris writes about an exciting new comic event in São Paulo which he went to on Sunday and what it means for the people.   Brazil’s cultural capital, São Paulo, inaugurated its first-ever comic festival in the peripheries on Sunday. Located in Capão Redondo, one of the most notoriously violent areas of […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup)

 Eleonore Hughes reviews The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a 2003 documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d’état attempt, which saw late President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days. When Kevin Thomas from the Los Angeles Times reviewed this documentary as an “extraordinary opportunity to record history”, he […]

Anyone’s Child Mexico launches in Bristol

  The team behind the Anyone’s Child i-documentary invited the public to learn about their campaign at its Bristol launch last Wednesday 11th April at the Art’s House, Stokes Croft. Rebecca Wilson reports.   The concept Every one of the 150,000 people who have died due to the drug war since 2006 is somebody’s child. […]

Corrupt-Beyond-Imagination: Elite Squad

Bristolatino’s Film and Theatre editor, Charlotte Custot, takes us down the bloody streets of Rio from a range of viewpoints in the 2007 José Padhila film, Tropa de Elite. I was filled with an overwhelming and unavoidable sensation of unease at the end of the screening of Elite Squad, recognising that nothing could have prepared me emotionally for what […]

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