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Festival to Present Latin American Films

“Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe” will be shown on Nov. 11.

The 2010 Latin American Film Festival will take place Nov. 1-20 at venues in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Carrboro, Greensboro and Durham, including North Carolina Central University. Thirty-nine feature films, shorts, documentaries, video art and animation from 16 countries will be shown. Six filmmakers will introduce their films and talk about their experiences working in the region.

Screenings at NCCU will be on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Alfonso Elder Student Union.

Other venues will be at Duke University, Durham Parks and Recreation, Durham Technical Community College, El Centro Hispano de Durham, The Carolina Theatre of Durham, UNC – Chapel Hill, Centro Hispano de Carrboro, N.C. State University, Guilford College, UNC – Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University.

The Nov. 3 screening at NCCU will be for “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy,” by Tet Ansanm Productions. The film explores the effects of globalization and neo-liberal policies in Haiti in the daily struggles of five Haitian women living in Port-Au-Prince. Narrated by award-winning Haitian American author Edwige Danticat, the film is in English and Haitian Creole with English subtitles. Dr. Joshua Nadel, director of Global Studies at NCCU, will introduce the film.

On Nov. 11, “Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe” by Sebastián Bednarik will be shown at NCCU. Candombe is the most popular manifestation of Afro-Uruguayan music, and has its origins in ancient African healing and/or religious ceremonies. The story follows Waldemar Silva, nicknamed Cachila, the son of Juan Angel Silva, one of the patriarchs of Candombe, and founder of the troupe Morenada. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Dr. Horacio Xaubet, associate professor of Modern Foreign Languages, will introduce the film.

Additional festival highlights include: “The Two Escobars,” by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist; “South of the Border,” by Oliver Stone; “Crude: the real price of oil,” by Joe Berlinger and a showing of the histories 1960 “Harvest of Shame” documentary by Edward R. Murrow. All festival activities are open to the public free of charge. For more information on the festival and a complete schedule, visit http://latinfilmfestivalnc.com or call (919) 681-3883.

For information on the screenings at NCCU, contact Kent Williams in the Alfonso Elder Student Union at 530-6494.

The N.C. Latin American Film Festival is organized and sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC – Chapel Hill and Duke University, in collaboration with NCCU, Durham Tech, Guilford College, N.C. State University, NC A&T and UNC – Greensboro. Additional partners include the City of Durham Parks and Recreation, El Centro Hispano de Durham and Carrboro and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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