As Cinema 320 makes preparations to continue alternative film screenings at WCUW Radio, the torch of world cinema continues to burn in Worcester with Centro Las America’s 23rd Latino Film Festival! This year the Festival spotlights the films and culture of Ecuador.
Ecuador 2017; 60 min. NR. Whimsical comedy. Direction: Daniel Varela.
Baltasar is going through a dry spell. Harvest time is taking too long, and this delay is affecting his marijuana business. To make things worse, his ex-wife sends Catalina, their daughter, to spend some time with him. That day, Baltasar has to jump through hoops in order to please his clients and his daughter with the help of his sole partner, a white 1977 Volkswagen Beetle. Baltasar turns to Laura, an old woman who happens to be the best marijuana grower in Quito. She has a new type of weed, Ecuatorian Shetta. Shui, Alejandra, Martín, Alicia, and Ximena, Baltasar’s best clients, try it and enjoy it. Shortage and stress will bring Baltasar difficulties and emotional conflicts with Catalina. His main desire is to keep his daughter happy and to take her some day to the Galapagos Islands so she can meet her grandmother.
Friday April 26 – 7PM
Ecuador/Uraguay 2018; Family drama. 80 min. NR. Juan Sebastian Jacome.
As Cotopaxi spews ash, issuing an eerie penumbra over Quito, a young woman confronts dormant familial conflicts. Desperate for a place to store her things as volcanic disaster looms, Caridad turns to her long-estranged father Galo for help. Galo abandoned Caridad’s mother long ago and is eager to make amends, but questions concerning the nature of his transgressions linger, straining communication between father and daughter and casting grave doubts over the possibility of reconciliation.
“The kind of low-key family drama that never goes out of style….marked by the same intimate tone, keenly-observed emotions, and anticipatory tone of [producer Andrew Hevia’s] Moonlight“– Hollywood Reporter.
Saturday April 27 – 10AM
PANEL DISCUSSION – 2PM-3:30PM.
Ecuador 2017; 69 min. NR. Documentary. Direction: Joshi Espinoza
A young indigenous couple, Joshi and Citlalli, must decide whether to raise their baby in urban Quito or the rural Quichua community. At stake is the question of which cultural identity they will choose for their son or daughter.
Saturday April 27 – 3:30PM
ADMISSION TO ALL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS AND SCREENINGS IS FREE.
For more information, contact Stephanie Puente, Centro’s Marketing Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (508) 798-1900. The Festival thanks Clark University, Mega 106.1 Radio, Hispano Vocero, and Worcester Academy for their generous support.
CENTRO (Centro Las Americas) is a multi-service, non-profit Latino organization. Its purpose is to offer educational opportunities, economic development, social responsibility and raise a strong cultural identity through service, empowerment, and advocacy.
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