• Welcome to the
    London Latino Film Festival!

    Bienvenidos to the 3rd London Latino Film Festival. This year the festival will commemorate 3 political events that convulsed the people of Latin America and the rest of the world. The forty anniversary next year, of the military coup d'Etat in Chile in 1973. The 30th anniversary of the Malvinas/Falkland war in 1982. The 10th anniversary of the failed coup d'Etat against President Chavez in Venezuela in 2002.

    The festival will screen a selection of films and documentaries with a special selection of screenings from independent film makers showing the political and social problems confronted by the people and governments in Latin America. The films and documentaries will be from a young generation of talented film makers and already well known film directors. The festival will also have two special screening of documentaries produced by the Villa del Cine in Venezuela.

    Los esperamos!!!
    Sergio Leon, Director

  • Korpu-Nater

    5.00pm  /  Running Time: 6 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Video Dance

    Korpu Nater

    Director: Carlos Dittborn Callejas
    Country: Chile

    The Korpu Nater shows humans, their activities and freedom on the environment, as opposed to a dynamic set of sinuous nature, questioning the man and the effect of belonging to the natural environment, the state of impropriety of the human species before it. Human beings, as the latest product of the evolution of life, breaking and being greeted by several places where the human condition is revealed as a configuration that is in constant flux, never fixed, never static, never finished.

  • Aseo General

    5.00pm  /  Running Time: 23 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Short Documentary

    Aseo General

    Director: Paulina Costa
    Country: Chile

    Screening to commemorate the 40th anniversary, next year, of the military coup d'Etat in Chile.

    In 1973 in Chile, at the height of the internal tension during Salvador Allende's three years in office, Carmen, a university employee, maintains her faith in the Socialist Government despite the constant questioning by her colleague Juan and her partner Víctor, who, confronted with the imminent coup, opts for a more radical response than she does. Carmen maintains her hope with the support of Carvajal, an exemplary proletarian in charge of cleaning up the university.

  • Dawson: Isla 10

    6.00pm  /  Running Time: 117 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Dawson: Isla 10

    Director: Miguel Littin
    Country: Chile

    Screening to commemorate the 40th anniversary, next year, of the military coup d'Etat in Chile.

    After the coup d'Etat in Chile in September 1973, a group of former Allende's ministers and authorities are held prisoner and taken to Dawson Island, a concentration camp located in the Magellan Strait. Sergio Bitar, a former minister wrote the book Isla 10 after he was liberated with the help of the UN and Red Cross among others. Director Miguel Littin (two nominations at the Oscars for Best Foreign Motion Picture) based his story on this bestseller, following the path of these men who lived months of seclusion, sadness, and uncertainty at the most southern concentration camp in the world. Here their bonds grew, as did their memories and testimonies of history.

  • Post Mortem

    9.00pm  /  Running Time: 90 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Post Mortem

    Director: Pablo Larrain
    Country: Chile

    Screening to commemorate the 40th anniversary, next year, of the military coup d'Etat in Chile.

    Mario works in a morgue typing autopsy reports. In the midst of the 1973 Chilean coup d'Etat, he fantasises about his neighbour, a cabaret dancer, Nancy, who mysteriously disappears on September the 11th. After a violent army raid on her family's home, he hears about the arrest of her brother and father, a prominent Communist and Salvador Allende supporter. Troubled and spurred on by the thought of losing his would-be lover, Mario begins his frantic search for Nancy. Allende's government has been overthrown and people are dying in the streets. The Chilean Army seizes the morgue and numerous corpses pile up, but Mario can't get his mind off of Nancy...

  • Sons of Cuba

    4.00pm  /  Running Time: 88 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Documentary

    Sons of Cuba

    Director: Andrew Lang
    Country: UK

    Under Fidel Castro's leadership, Cuba built and maintained one of the most successful international boxing programs in the world. By identifying and nurturing pugilistic talent in kids as young as 8 or 9, the country became a perennial favorite to win medals at the next Olympic Games in London. Sons of Cuba follows some of these kinds on their amazing journey towards the national under 12 tournament, traces how Castro's health issues affect them, and explains how some of the kids dream of defecting while others remain fiercely loyal to their homeland.

  • Iluminados Por El Fuego

    6.00pm  /  Running Time: 105 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Iluminados Por El Fuego

    Director: Tristan Bauer
    Country: Argentina

    Screening to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Malvinas War.

    The film narrates the memories of Esteban, a man of 40 years who in 1982, when he was only 18 years old, was recruited like soldier to fight in the Malvinas Islands. From the attempt of suicide of an ex- companion, Esteban submerges in the memories of that war that shared with other two young recruits, Vargas, the suicidal one, and Juan, killed in action. In the film not also appear the pain of the war and suffering by the cold and the hunger but histories of friendship and solidarity.

  • Locos De La Bandera

    9.00pm  /  Running Time: 95 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Documentary

    Locos De La Bandera

    Director: Julio Cardoso
    Country: Argentina

    Screening to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Malvinas War.

    Documents the history of the families of the 649 fallen Argentineans in the Malvinas War who at the end of the military conflict, were alone with their pain and unable to approach the graves of their loved ones, either because their bodies were in the Darwin cemetery, in the Malvinas Islands, or they disappeared without being identified.

  • Bananas

    2.00pm  /  Running Time: 80 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Documentary

    Bananas

    Director: Fredrik Gertten
    Country: Sweden/Denmark/Nicaragua

    A campaigning documentary from Swedish film-maker Fredrik Gertten. A new wave of class-action lawsuits is being taken out against the Dole Food Company, which for decades used controversial chemicals on their banana plantations in Nicaragua causing sterility among male workers. A documentary that allows the viewer to ponder the possibility that this is a lawyers' gold rush, but the employers' complacency and defensiveness tell their own story. It seems that US corporations may be reaping a whirlwind of litigation from developing-world communities in Latin America for years to come, and like the cigarette companies, they will fight it every step of the way.

  • Innocent Voices

    4.00pm  /  Running Time: 106 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Innocent Voices

    Director: Luis Mandoki
    Country: El Salvador

    Eleven-year-old Chava lives a hand-to-mouth existence with his destitute family in a shanty town caught in the middle of the Salvadorian civil war and he is old enough to be turned into a child soldier by the army. Powerful, touching, charming and tragic 'Innocent Voices' is based on the experiences of co-screenwriter Oscar Torres and provides an emotional reminder of the terrible fates that the rich can force on the poor.

  • Llaguno Bridge

    6.00pm  /  Running Time: 105 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Llaguno Bridge

    Director: Angel Palacios
    Country: Venezuela

    Screening to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the failed coup d'Etat against President Chavez in Venezuela in 2002.

    A documentary offering an alternative point of view on some of the violent events that took place in Venezuela during the coup in 2002. Some local private television are accused of deliberately picking some facts in an attempt to support the ongoing coup; different videos taken from different angles show how some people were wrongly accused of shooting at unarmed masses of demonstrators. Regardless of political preferences and actual events, it is an interesting documentary on how easily facts can be misrepresented.

  • Quien Dijo Miedo

    9.00pm  /  Running Time: 90 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Quien Dijo Miedo

    Director: Katia Lara
    Country: Honduras/Argentina

    Screening to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the failed coup d'Etat against President Chavez in Venezuela in 2002.

    On June 28th 2009 there was a brutal coup d'Etat in Honduras: the army abducted president Zelaya. René, actor and syndicalist, joined the National Resistance Front against the Coup d'Etat. An unprecedented Honduras arises: a people who resist despite media bias, violence and death, take the streets to stand up for their rights. This is their story.

  • Escape to Silence

    4.00pm  /  Running Time: 90 Minutes  /  English Subtitles

    Escape to Silence

    Director: Diego Pequeño
    Country: Chile

    (Life of Alfredo Espinoza)

    During the '70s, a quirky Chilean jazz saxophonist called Alfredo Espinoza came to Paris. His talent takes him to play in major European circuits of traditional jazz, and even to visit Africa. He makes friends, admirers and lives a happy time of music and bohemian. Without a clear motive, Alfredo returns to Chile to live with his mother. Promptly joins the Chilean jazz scene, but a long mental illness leaves him lost in a hill of Valparaiso, for more than ten years away from music and the beautiful melodies that enchanted people from many different countries. Two friends who live in Europe, tried to find him and help him trough this time, dark and silent. Now, ten years later, they travel to Paris to meet with the musical myth, around the figure of Alfredo Espinoza.

  • Cuando La Brujula Marco El Sur

    6.00pm  /  Running Time: 85 Minutes  /  English Subtitles  /  Documentary

    Cuando La Brujula Marco El Sur

    Director: Maria Laura Vázquez
    Country: Venezuela

    The history of Latin America tells us that Venezuela and the rest of the continent have fought against the different types of domination. First the European invasion afterwards the USA Empire. Within that context the documentary shows through the analysis of diverse elements the rise and consolidation of the popular movements in Venezuela from the so called Conquista to the Bolivarian Revolution that has the objective of a free and sovereign country.

Venue & Tickets

Bolivar Hall
56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL

Where? See the map...
Nearest tube station: Warren Street

Tickets from £2 - £5 (sold at the door).

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Wednesday 18.04.12

Korpu-Nater
5.00pm
Aseo General
5.00pm
Dawson: Isla 10
6.00pm
Post Mortem
9.00pm

Thursday 19.04.12

Sons of Cuba
4.00pm
Iluminados Por El Fuego
6.00pm
Locos De La Bandera
9.00pm

Friday 20.04.12

Bananas
2.00pm
Innocent Voices
4.00pm
Llaguno Bridge
6.00pm
Quien Dijo Miedo
9.00pm

Saturday 21.04.12

Escape to Silence
4.00pm
Cuando La Brujula Marco El Sur
6.00pm