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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 […]

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 […]

Film focus: The Pearl Button

Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s newest film The Pearl Button takes the viewer on a journey as turbulent as the waves the film so vividly describes. Scarlett Sullivan With his candid and visually attractive documentaries, internationally renowned Patricio Guzmán has firmly established himself in the industry as an innovative filmmaker. The celebrated Nostalgia for the Light, which explored revolution, repression […]

El Abrazo de la Serpiente is much more than its Oscar nomination

In El Abrazo de la Serpiente, Colombian director Ciro Guerra takes us on a journey into the Colombian Amazon, revealing the sublimity of nature and unearthing a part of the country’s history long forgotten. Isabel Rudgley Principally, the interest surrounding El Abrazo de la Serpiente has arisen from its being the first Colombian film to be nominated for […]