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Latin American Film Festival 2017

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Co-sponsors: The Art Theatre, The Lemann Institute, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, LAS Global Studies, Linguistics Department, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.
The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St, Champaign, IL 61820
Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017   All Day
Art Theater tickets prices:
Kasia Szremski
Originating Calendar
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Latin American Film Festival 2017

2017 Movies and Showing Times


The Clan / El Clan

(Argentina, 2015 - 108 min. - R, Biography/Crime/Drama)
Fri 22, 5:15pm / Sun 24, 6:00pm / Wed 27, 3:45pm

The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80's.

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The Second Mother / Que Horas Ela volta?

(Brazil, 2015 - 112 min. - R, Comedy/Drama)
Sat 23, 3:45pm / Sun 24, 8:30pm / Tue 26, 8:15pm

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

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The Club / El Club

(Chile, 2015 - 98 min. - R, Drama)
Sat 23, 8:15 / Mon 25, 7:00 / Wed 27, 6:15pm

A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

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Rosa Chumbe

(Peru, 2015, released 2017 - 75 min. - NR, Drama)
Sat 23, 6:15pm / Tue 26, 4:00pm / Thu 28, 5:00pm

Rosa is a mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem. She lives with her daughter Sheila, who has a little baby. One day, after a big fight between them, Sheila steals her mother's savings and storms out of the house leaving her baby behind. Rosa is forced to spend some time with her grandson. Something changes inside her heart of stone. However, everything takes a wrong turn one night. Only a miracle can save her.

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Made in Cuba

(USA/Cuba, 2016 - 47 min. - NR, 3 short documentaries)
Sat 23, 1:45pm / Sun 24, 1:45pm / Mon 25, 5:15pm

(From the Sundance Institute:) We are proud to present three cinematic and affecting Cuban short documentaries, reflecting our longstanding commitment to international artists. Last year, Sundance Institute's Feature Film, Documentary Film, and Film Music Programs initiated a multifaceted program in Havana to support artists working across several disciplines. These films were guided by Sundance Institute's Docmentary Film Program in collaboration with La Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) and The Guardian multimedia program.

* House for Sale (Casa en Venta)
After more than 50 years, the ban on individuals in Cuba selling their houses was lifted in 2011. Three Cubans invite us into their homes-full of memories, souvenirs, and family members-to hear their "sales pitch." LaNaveFilmes: Cubans show off their homes and contents as valuable treasures, something they were not able to do during the 50-year ban on property transaction.

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* Connection (Conectifai)
ETECSA-Cuba's only telephone company-installed Wi-Fi routers in 18 public parks in 2016. For many Cubans, this meant being able to go online for the first time. This film shows us how Cubans of all ages initially explore social media, online dating, and more. LaNaveFilmes: A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

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* Great Muy Bien
The United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015, making it no longer unrealistic for Cubans to dream of one day living and working abroad. Cubans of all ages and diverse aspirations enroll at the makeshift Big Ben English school in Havana. LaNaveFilmes: During the English lessons, at a private language school in Cuba, we hear about the students's dreams about the future and the new Cuba that is starting to appear on the horizon.

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(USA, 2017 - 90 min. - NR, Documentary/Biography)
Fri 22, 7:45pm

Known as a raucous, entertaining raconteur, Chavela chose the stories she liked best, breathed life into them and made them manifest. In her amazing journey from a 14-year-old rejected runaway from Costa Rica to world renowned, Grammy winning Mexican icon, this dream weaver took bits and pieces of who she was and who she wanted to be and wove them into reality. Although she didn't officially "come out" until she was 81 years old, Chavela carefully crafted a public persona as a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider, a sexy sexual outlaw who blazed her own unique trail until she left the physical plane at the tender age of 93.

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(USA, 2017 - 95 min. - NR, Documentary/Biography)
Sun 24, 3:45pm / Tue 26, 6:00pm / Thu 28, 7:00pm (+ Q&A session)

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.

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Santa Sangre

(Mexico/Italy, 1989 - 125 min. - R, Late Night/Cult)
Fri 22, 10:00pm / Wed 27, 8:30pm / Thu 28, 10:00pm

Fifteen years after Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and The Holy Mountain unlocked our collective third eye, the legendary provocateur made his '80s comeback with this staggering odyssey of ecstasy, anguish, belief, blasphemy, beauty and madness. Santa Sangre continues to enrapture both Jodorowsky newbies and dedicated fans like with its tale of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and a macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother.

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Book of Life

(USA, 2014 - 95 min - PG, Animation, Free Kids Screening)
Sat 23, 11:30pm / Sun 24, 11:30pm

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

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