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‘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 […]

Beatriz Gonzalez: the Colombian Pop Art history painter

Beatriz González is a painter, sculptor and art historian who is lauded as one of the first modern Colombian artists. Her work undeniably has the same energy as Pop Art, questioning the divides between high and low art by taking inspiration from tabloid articles, recreating European classical paintings with an eccentric colour palette, and using […]

Election tremors, but Colombia’s peace rolls on

  BristoLatino political editor, Hermione Greenhalgh, spoke to the Colombian Ambassador to the UK about the presidential elections.   Today (Sunday 27 May) Colombia will pick its new President. With the peace process between the state and the FARC underway, these elections will be the first in living memory that have not occurred against a […]

Remembering the Peace Festival

  What does it mean to share stories of the terrible things you have seen and felt? Does remembering keep the pain alive? Should we share our stories or put them behind us? What if other people want you to forget?   These were the first four questions posed to the group of 100 or […]

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. […]

How to end the war on drugs: stories from the front-line in Mexico

Callum Smith talks us through the Anyone’s Child event this Wednesday 11th April at The Arts House on Stokes Croft: ‘How to End Mexico’s Drug War’.   ‘The conflict for control of the drugs trade in Mexico has become increasingly violent in recent years. Anyone’s Child Mexico provides the opportunity to listen to the stories from […]

Will 2018 be Latin America’s Year of Transformation?

Bristolatino’s political editor, Hermione Greenhalgh, gives a breakdown of the region’s busy electoral schedule. By November, Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela will all have a new president (or will have re-elected the same one). Though Chile and Honduras have both just re-elected a former and incumbent president, (the latter on legally dubious grounds) the other countries […]

Elephant and Castle ‘regeneration’— London’s Latin hub under threat

Later today, Tuesday 16th of January, the redevelopment plan for Elephant and Castle shopping centre is going to the Southwark Planning Committee. Local people will be protesting, along with others who don’t agree with the plans as they stand—but why?   I grew up not far from Elephant and Castle (EC), an area of South […]

From the field: anti-mining efforts in Colombia

Tiffany Ip, who currently works for an anti-mining NGO in Colombia, visited landmine victims in La Granja, where she learnt about their long road to receiving reparations. Situated 8 hours north of Bogotá in the Santander department is a small town called Bucaramanga. It was here that I got to spend 5 days with a […]