Latin American embassies showcase weeklong festival

Published: Thursday | November 22, 2012 Comments 0

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer

Several Latin American embassies in Kingston will once again, starting next week, showcase the diversity and depth of their Hispanic cultures through the art of cinematography to Jamaicans with the sixth staging of the annual Latin American Film Festival.

The staging of this festival, will showcase a total of nine quality films, and will include comedy, romance, fiction, fantasy and adult animation. All films will have English subtitles.

The festival takes place on the ground floor of the PCJ building, 36 Trafalgar Road in New Kingston. The festival will run from Monday to December 10 and will begin at 6:30 p.m. each evening. The films are rated PG 14.

Among the films to be displayed are: Cheating in Chains; Habana Station; Lokas; Sanky Panky; Fat, Bald and Short; Chico and Rita; Son of the Bride, Propiedad Ajena and Miranda Regresa.

A few of the films have been praised for their cinematography and have received several accolades.

Chico and Rita, for example, has been nominated for best animated feature in the Academy and Annie awards, and has won several other titles in other awards around the world.

Each film has several themes that not only run parallel to the realities of Latin American countries, but to Caribbean realities as well.

Poverty and the need for advancement, homophobia and love, to name a few, punctuate certain films.

Among the countries to be included in the festival are: Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Spain.

Spain participates as a special guest for this year's festival.

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