The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival returns to Vancouver

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      (Community announcement by the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival)

      As part of the 16th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, VLAFF is thrilled to highlight the Andean Region as its guest this year, with a special focus on films from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. A highlight of this section is the Opening Night Film, RETABLO (which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival), which is spoken in Quechua and filmed in the Andes of Peru. Director Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio will be in attendance.

      Another highlight is the Bolivian Centrepiece Film + Reception at the VIFF Vancity Theatre featuring the screening of the impressive and ground-breaking film COCAINE PRISON (Los Burritos), filmed inside one of the most notorious prisons in Bolivia.

      In addition, Colombian artist Juliana Silva will be installing her site-specific work Ropa Blanca, which honours the textile traditions of the Guane people from the Andean region of Colombia, in the courtyard of The Cinematheque for the duration of the festival.

      This year, in addition to the signature sections of New Directors, International Hits, and ¡Activismo!, VLAFF has included several new series that make the 2018 edition one of the most dynamic and diverse programs ever: There is a section dedicated to Black Filmmakers from Latin America (featuring films from Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba), and a program of queer Latinx films, including Queer Pix, which features LGBTQ shorts from Latin America. A highlight of the Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond section is the shorts program Agua-Water Stories, inspired by Indigenous peoples connection to water, which showcases visual proposals not only from filmmakers in Latin America but also from Indigenous filmmakers in Canada.

      The Closing Night Film will be LOS PERROS (Chile), a powerful and contemporary film directed by Marcela Said, who is part of the excellent new wave of Chilean filmmaking.



      Tickets, festival passes, and 6-ticket packs are on sale online at

      Festival films are screened at the following venues:

      The Cinematheque - 1131 Howe Street (between Helmcken and Davie)

      SFU Woodward’s | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre and World Art Centre - 149 West Hastings Street** (between Cambie and Abbott)  **Please note: The theatre is currently accessible only via the Cordova Street courtyard entrance.

      VIFF Vancity Theatre - 1181 Seymour Street (between Helmcken and Davie)


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