The 17th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival offers an outstanding lineup of films and events

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      (Community announcement by the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival)

      This year we welcome a new venue – the Rio Theatre! We will screen Buy Me a Gun (Mexico) there with actor-composer Rogelio Sosa in attendance, who will perform a sound art piece to present the Canadian premiere of The Awakening of the Ants (Best Ibero-American Film, SIFF, 2019) with director Antonella Sudasassi in attendance, as well as Cold Water of the Sea by Costa Rica’s most renowned filmmaker Paz Fábrega.

      In addition to our signature sections of New Directors, International Hits, and ¡Activismo!, VLAFF features a program of queer Latinx films that includes Yo, imposible (Venezuela/Colombia) about an intersex woman, with producer Jhonny Hendrix in attendance. We also will screen Movimientos, films that explore movement through the lens of dance and music, accompanied by a pop-up performance by Danza Descalza. And, as part of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we present Languages of Sovereignty, a series of films from First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous filmmakers from across Turtle Island and Abya Yala.

      The Closing Night Film is the Canadian premiere of Asfixia (Mexico), one of the first films to feature an albino woman as the lead, with actor Johana Fragoso and director Kenya Márquez in attendance.

      All films have subtitles in English and everyone is welcome.


      August 22 - September 1, 2019, at The Cinematheque, SFU Woodward's, and other venues.

      Tickets and Passes on sale now at

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