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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 […]

Tawai: Bruce Parry’s voice from the forest

Rebecca Wilson attended the opening night of Bruce Parry’s environmental documentary at the Watershed to find out what we can learn from the both the groups Parry stayed with, and from his own conclusions. Bruce Parry’s new feature-length documentary, ‘Tawai’ takes the Western viewer to the jungles of Borneo, to a tranquil Saddhu community in India […]

Film focus: ‘To the Amazon’, a life story

  ‘To the Amazon’, is an investigative journey in search of happiness, or perhaps truth. Co-director, writer and producer Clare Weiskopf, who has twice won the Simon Bolívar journalism prize, now turns her gaze to her nomadic mother in the Colombian Amazon (a country she has been exploring for over 50 years), taking us on […]

Film focus: Aquarius

Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Palme d’Or nominated film Aquarius was showing at the Watershed in March. BristoLatino’s Ned Wainwright shares his thoughts. At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, heated political controversy on the red carpet shadowed Aquarius, as the director and cast held signs declaring that Brazil was no longer a democracy and that a golpe de estado had […]

Revolution through hip hop in Venezuela

This year’s Semana Cultural saw BristoLatino and UoB’s HiPLA department team up with Pablo Navarrete of Alborada Films in a screening of his documentary Hip Hop Revolución. Latin America in Bristol editor Zara Huband reviews the documentary’s message. In a country like Venezuela it is almost impossible to separate music and politics. Pablo Navarrete’s documentary explores the […]

Amazon Voices

Alborada screened ‘Amazon Voices’, a documentary about oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon and its effect upon indigenous communities, at Goldsmiths, University of London. BristoLatino’s Editor-in-Chief Sophie Foggin was there. Sumak Kawsay, the Kichwa expression for ‘good living’, involves living in harmony within one’s community and taking care of the madre tierra. It is this principle that the indigenous peoples […]

Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días

Phoebe Hopson reviews the Colombian film Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días. Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días intimately portrays the lives of eight women in the colourful village of Jericó, Antioquia. On the threshold between fiction and documentary film, director Catalina Mesa explores what she describes as “the authentic Colombian female spirit.” When […]