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FILM FOCUS: BACURAU

Brazilian auteur Kleber Mendonça, alongside co-director Juliano Dornelles, returns with a kaleidoscopic feature that stands as one big middle finger up to president Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government. Bristolatino’s Rupert Comer recently saw the film at the BFI London Film Festival.   Set “several years from now” in the arid and desolate sertão of the Northeast of Brazil, Bacurau […]

Raindance Film Festival Holds 27th Edition in London

Bristolatino’s editor-in-chief Isaac Norris gives a quick overview of Raindance, an upcoming film festival taking place in London.   London’s largest independent film festival, Raindance, kicks off this week for what is set to be a smashing year, showcasing a carefully-curated selection of trailblazing cinematic ventures. Conveniently situated in the centre of the bustling city, ardent cinephiles […]

Diego Maradona: Embodying a Collective Myth

BristoLatino‘s Pete Keenlyside comments on ‘Diego Maradona’, a film which captures the extraordinary life of the Argentinean footballing icon. The latest documentary by award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia tells the story of the Argentinian football icon, Diego Maradona. Combining voiceover interviews, a pulsating soundtrack, and candid footage of Maradona both on and off the pitch, Kapadia delivers […]

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 […]

FLAWA: A Brand New Arts Festival Celebrating Latin American Women comes to London

This May, London will host its first ever festival celebrating the talents of Latin American women in film, music, literature and art. Running from the 15th-19th of May, FLAWA will be a jam-packed weekend of carefully-curated events held in unique venues across London, such as the 18thcentury renovated cinema Rich Mix and the live music venue […]

Niña Errante (Wandering Girl) to open Cartagena’s FICCI film festival

After winning the Golden Wolf for Best Film at its world premiere in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Rubén Mendoza’s 2018 feature, Niña Errante (Wandering Girl) will open FICCI, Colombia’s international film festival in historic Cartagena de Indias tomorrow. Here’s what to expect from the Colombian director and what other treats to keep an eye […]

THE ROAD TO PEACE: LESSONS FROM COLOMBIA

BristoLatino politics editor Alfred Davies reports from The Road to Peace: Lessons from Colombia, a two-part interdisciplinary event hosted by the University of Bristol’s Global Insecurities Centre on 31 January 2019. Host Laura Hankin was joined by panellists Dr Andrei Gómez-Suarez and Gwen Burnyeat of UCL, who carefully unpicked the complexities of ending war and building […]

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 […]