Latin American Week (LAW) comes to Limerick once again this year, followed by the 15th Irish Latin American Film Festival. Cuba is the Country Focus for this years Film Festival, and It will take place in Dublin, Belfast, Galway and for 2014, Limerick, to celebrate its status as City of Culture for 2014. Both LAW and the Film Festival consist of a series of film screenings, courses, presentations with guests speakers and even a Salsa Party! With events across the Univeristy of Limerick campus and the city centre, these events are FREE and open to everyone, both students and to the general public. For more information please visit: www.lasc.ie.
FULL DETAILS BELOW:
Saturday April 5th: Course on Development Issues in Latin America
Venue & Time: Teach Failte, University of Limerick Campus – 9am to 5pm
Description: An overview of history, indigenous struggle, volunteering, Colombia peace process and a documentary.
Thursday April 10th
Presentations & Speakers – Priceless land: Resisting Displacement in Colombia.
At 1pm – Posgraduate Student Centre (near the Stables), University of Limerick Campus
And at 7 p.m. Dr. John’s (Upstairs, The Blind Pig) 31 Thomas St. Limerick
“After 65 years of armed and social conflict, peace negotiations that actually address many of the core issues at stake – and above all, the problem of land – are finally taking place. Colombia is a fertile country, with all of the necessary natural conditions for food sovereignty. Nevertheless it has one of the world’s highest concentrations of land ownership (67% of the land in the hands of 0.64% of the owners), and instead of producing food, vast tracts are used for mega-mining and agribusiness. In the midst of the ongoing conflict, land is being expropriated from small peasants at a massive scale (over 6 million hectares in two decades). Today, Colombia is the country with the most forcefully displaced people in the world: 6 million.”
Guest Speakers: Viany García & Nelly Cuadros – Representing small farming communities in Southern Tolima and Cesar, Colombia – which are fighting against displacement.
Thursday April 10th
Salsa Party – The Stables, University of Limerick Campus
Music, Food & Dance
April 14th, 15th & 16th
15th Irish Latin American Film Festival – Film Screenings
Drumroe Village Hall, University of Limerick Campus
FULL SCHEDULE AND LIST OF FILM FESTIVAL CONTENT LISTED BELOW:
Day 1 – Mon April 14th
6.00 pm – LATIN SHORTS [105’]
8.00 pm – Food not Fuel [9’]
Cuando Sea Grande [14’]
Kenbe La Ayiti [77’]
Day 2 – Tues April 15th
6.00 pm – LATIN [EU] SHORTS [94’]
8.00 pm – Pablo’s Villa [7’]
Una cuidad en una ciudad [18’]
Day 3 – Wed April 16th
6.00 pm – LATIN [HAVANA] SHORTS [82’]
8.00 pm – La Boda [13’]
Should the sun go down on Galway Che? [9’]
Here was Cuba [77’]
O Pai de Gol [ Brazil/2013/17’] Luiz Ferraz
The Father of Goal features a game between São Paulo and Flamengo at Morumbi stadium is narrated by José Silvério, the ‘Father of Goal’.
The World Cup takes place in Rio de Janiero and 11 other cities this Summer.
No Hay Pan [Chile/2012/20’] Macarena Monrós
For years Luis has sold products from local producers, including baker Carlos. When Carlos dies unexpectedly, Luis is forced to find a new bread supplier. Accompanied by compelling guitar music, we follow lovable Luis on his quest for bread.
Cartas a la memoria [Colombia/2012/15’] Jonhatan Acevedo Escobar
Through a letter, Amparo Cano from Medellín, tells her grandson his family’s history and being victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.
Elena [Mexico/2012/14’] Jorge G Camarena & Pablo León Olea
Lucas, the coffeemaker, creates a unique type of coffee that contains magical elements.
Matar a un perro [Argentina/2013/13’] Alejos Santos
Ramires drives in silence to the Buenos Aires docks. The mole is going to test him. It features Germán De Silva (Las Acacias) and Alberto Ajaka. This short film is an adaptation of an Argentine short story by Samanta Schweblin.
Aida [Venezuela/2012/17’] Evans Briceño
A short film that takes up the drama of two people bound together by fate and offers us a unique psychological perspective of an old woman and her son.
Seeds of Resilience [Bolivia/2013/9’] Anders Van Nielsen & Sian Cowman
In the Highlands of Potosí, Bolivia, resilience in the biodiversity of seeds and crops is now even more urgent with the dire prospects of climate change, impacting on this area [www.democracyctr.org] [www.pusisuyu.com]
The Director, Sian Cowman will attend the Dublin screening and lead a Q&A post-screening. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Food not Fuel [Ireland/2013/9’] Alan Whelan & Eoghan Rice
The EUs biofuel policy is having devastating consequences. [www.trocaire.org/getinvolved]
Actor Aidan Gillen reports from Guatemala. Fertile farmland is being stolen from communities to produce biofuels for export to Europe. The community of Rio Frio resist a sugarcane and African palm oil industry for biofuels.
Cuando Sea Grande [France/Guatemala/2011/14’] Jayro Bustamante
Cecilia and Alicia are two young Guatemalans and best friends. But one day, Cecilia discovers that Alicia is leaving to work in the city.
Kenbe La Ayiti [France/2011/77’] Muriel Brener
After the devastating earthquake on 12 January 2010, 1000’s of NGOs descended on Haiti creating a new dependency. Kenbe La Ayiti means Don’t Give Up in Creole and this documentary features RODAGA, an agricultural Co-op, community education centres, small indigenous industrial units (solar panels exported to Africa) and other projects of hope within.
LATIN [EU] SHORTS
50 Pesos Argentinos [Portugal/2012/12’] Bernardo Cabral [www.avanca.com]
José Custódio and Idalina receive 50 pesos from his brother in Argentina. It spurs simple dreams for simple people, but the exchange rate can be a cruel thing!
Buenos Aires [Spain/2013/12’] Daniel Gil Suarez
An Argentine immigrant must steal a car’s spare wheel from a Spanish seaport.
Paps’s Tango [Netherlands/2011/15’] Michiel Van Jaarsveld
Hannah’s parents are divorced. Her father is from Argentina and has the tango in his blood. She loves to dance with him. One day he moves to Argentina and they can’t meet every day. But there is a way to stay close.
Reality 2.0 [Germany/Mexico/2012/11’] Victor Orozco Ramirez
Reality 2.0 is a multi-award winning animated documentary about drug related violence in Mexico. [www.orozcovictor.com]
Los Tachados [Sweden/Mexico/2011/27’] Robert Duarte
Crossed Out begins with the Director and his daughter travelling from Sweden to Mexico. They meet all the family, but also to investigate why Randy and Yolanda are crossed out by his grandmother in family photos. Why?
Vieux Tango Español [Spain/Chile/France/2012/17’] Pablo Rivas
Benjamin is forced to stay with his mother while looking for work. Old Spanish Tango, is propelled by a tango rhythm,
Pablo’s Villa [Australia/2013/7’] Matthew Salleh
In 1985, Pablo Novak watched the holiday town of Villa Epecuén, in rural Argentina, being submerged. Everybody abandoned the town except Pablo.
Una Cuidad En Una Ciudad [Germany/2013/18’] cylixe
When over 20 years ago the construction was interrupted for a skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, no one could have guessed, that this building would once become the tallest squat on earth.
Adelante [US/2013/51’] Noam A. Osband
Mexican newcomers are revitalizing a dying Irish-Catholic church in Norristown, PA. Now, the sounds of children giggling have returned to the church, and mariachis join bagpipers in celebrating community events. Focused on an American priest (Father Murphy) and a young Mexican couple, we learn how this shift has brought new challenges and energy to this old parish located outside of Philadelphia
LATIN [HAVANA] SHORTS
El Candidato [Argentina/2012/3’] Pablo Polledri
Political consultants are in search of the perfect image.
Lara [Brazil/2013/14’] Leandro Afonso Guimarães
After leaving his girlfriend, a man looks for other women.
Po poc [Ecuador/2011/5’] Daniel Esteban & Jácome Muñoz
In the deep jungle of Nunkai, Po poc, a young kilik (a kind of primative chicken) must escape from his two predators, Unup and his pert, Urhu!
Medio Minuto [Puerto Rico/2012/15’] David Norris Agosto
Rafaela finds out that Angel, her husband, has recently visited his ex-lover. It awakes old emotions, but at the same time brings a big surprise.
De Agua Dulce [Cuba/2011/92/EU/14’] Damián Sainz
At sunset, Kinkin prepares himself to go fishing at the river that passes through his town.
El Barrio [Nicaragua/2011/18’] Róger Mántica
Celia is angry at everyone and everything, which upsets her son, Beto.
A group of young artists from Havana decides to make a provocative action in a public space. From the first brainstorming till the final discussion on the consequences of such artistic gesture experienced in daily life, we are invited through this documentary to participate in the process of a contemporary art work. At the genesis of such art interventions in the “real” city, obstacles and contradictions emerge under Cuba’s political and social context A group of young artists from Havana decides to make a provocative action in a public space. From the first brainstorming till the final discussion on the consequences of such artistic gesture experienced in daily life, we are invited through this documentary to participate in the process of a contemporary art work. At the genesis of such art interventions in the “real” city, obstacles and contradictions emerge under Cuba’s political and social context A group of young artists from Havana decides to make a provocative action in a public space. From the first brainstorming till the final discussion on the consequences of such artistic gesture experienced in daily life, we are invited through this documentary to participate in the process of a contemporary art work. At the genesis of such art interventions in the “real” city, obstacles and contradictions emerge under Cuba’s political and social context A group of young artists from Havana decides to make a provocative action in a public space. From the first brainstorming till the final discussion on the consequences of such artistic gesture experienced in daily life, we are invited through this documentary to participate in the process of a contemporary art work. At the genesis of such art interventions in the “real” city, obstacles and contradictions emerge under Cuba’s political and social context
Kendo Monogatari [Guatemala/2012/13’] Fabian Suárez
A woman sells her beauty salon to help her friend leaving Cuba. As soon as she gets his first news from abroad, she starts practicing a strange martial art.
La Boda [Spain/2012/13’] Marina Seresesky
Mirta is Cuban and works as a cleaner in Madrid. Today, at 6.00 pm, her daughter is going to get married but nothing goes right!
Should the sun go down on Galway Che? [Ireland/2013/9’] Ger Considine
Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara’s connections to the West-of-Ireland, his stop-over in Clare in 1961 and the annual Kilkee festival that remembers him are explored. The 2012 proposal by Galway City Council to erect a monument in his honour in the city has caused some controversy. [www.gerconsidine/bannerboyproductions.com]
Here was Cuba [Ireland/2013/77’] Emer Reynolds & Johnny Murray
In October 1962, the world was teetering on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Here was Cuba features recordings of Kennedy’s tense advisory sessions and personal recollections with Khrushchev’s son.
They can only take away our sovereignty by wiping us off the face of the Earth [Fidel Castro]