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Raindance Film Festival’s Damn Kids tells the story of Chile’s desaparecidos

Raindance Film Festival’s Damn Kids (Cabros de mierda) tells the story of Gladys, a secret member of a group of revolutionary dissidents, and her family in a working class neighbourhood in Santiago, Chile, during Augusto Pinochet’s right-wing dictatorship. A North-American missionary, Samuel, comes to live with Gladys, and soon discovers the brutality of Pinochet’s military dictatorship […]

‘This is Peru’ screening of six short films shows the many facets of Peruvian life

Rebecca wilson reports on This is Peru, Bush House’s screening of six award-winning Peruvian short films. Patricio Guzmán, one of Latin America’s most famous documentalists once said, “un país sin cine documental es como una familia sin álbum de fotografías” — “A country without documentary film is like a family with no photo albums”. This […]

Linn da Quebrada celebrates Brazil’s queer community

Linn da Quebrada is a black trans singer and rapper from the favelas of São Paulo making a rare kind of political dance music in which fundamental messages are not sacrificed for catchy hooks. Quebrada describes herself as a ‘gender terrorist’ who condemns the machista values of her culture, whilst creating a space for the […]

Film Focus: Una Mujer Fantástica

Following Una Mujer Fantástica‘s win at the Oscars this March, Manon Kidney takes a closer look at what makes the film a powerful and memorable experience. Una Mujer Fantástica is a fantastic projection of female strength and resilience in the face of adversity. From the first frame – an epic aerial view of the Iguazu Falls […]

Film Focus: the ‘Neruda’ wild hunt, subverting the Biopic

Following Wednesday’s film screening, BristoLatino’s Film Edior, Joel Dwek, analyses Larraín’s techniques of subverting the biopic to present Chile’s most illustrious figure, Pablo Neruda There are, broadly speaking, two types of biopic (some, of course, don’t fit neatly into either of the following categories, like the offbeat Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There). The first, more […]

Lizbeth Román’s ‘Bolero Saltarín’

El bolero saltarín (the Jumping Bolero) is the new single from Lizbeth Román and the Duendes Invisibles. The track features on the first album, La otra ruta live at New York, which was recorded over a series of concerts in NY in 2016 and restored and mastered by Néstor Salomón. BristoLatino Editor-in-Chief, Rebecca Wilson, caught […]

Fairy Tales and Social Critique in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

Hailed as a return to his Gothic cinematic roots, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has already started to garner acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Bristolatino’s Helen Brown takes us through a closer look at the allegorical meanings hidden in the film. Guillermo del Toro’s new film The Shape of Water features an amphibian humanoid […]

Bristolatino’s best Latin American films of 2017

Bristolatino’s Film Editor Joel Dwek chooses his favourite offerings from this year’s Latin American film releases, as well as some of those to look out for in 2018.   2017 has been a year of many great films, from both Hollywood and around the globe, with many strong efforts from seasoned directors like Christopher Nolan and […]

Film Focus: Latin Shorts presented by Alborada

Libby Scott attended the The Alibi Film Sessions, hosted by Alborada, to see what stories about Latin American life these documentaries would reveal. Alborada were back last night at The Alibi in Dalston, for their monthly Latin Shorts residency, with a variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Kicking off the evening, we saw some of the key […]