7th Annual Latino and Native American Film Festival

Monday, April 10, 2017

Adanti Student Center - Theater

Currently in its 7th year, the Latino & Native American Film Festival (LANAFF) is ground-breaking in its dedication to the recruitment and retention of Latino and Native American students toward furthering their education at the university level. It is, further, innovative in its promotion of these two cultures through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts, and animations, as well as through other artistic manifestations, by or about Latinos and Native Americans. The Festival has helped familiarize the university's, public schools', and Greater New Haven's diverse communities with excellent artistic, social, political, and entertainment film projects being created by contemporary filmmakers. With so many negative stereotypes inhibiting the progress of Latinos and Native Americans in this country, it is important for all communities to meet and interact toward a better understanding of perceptions and realities.

Screenings will take place:

  • Monday, April 10 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

All screenings are in the Adanti Student Center Theater. This festival is free and open to the public.

Download the full festival program.

Today's schedule of films:

Monday, April 10

8:15 – 9:45 AM
El Malquerido. Diego Rísquez (Venezuela, 2015) 1hr. 34min. Trailer is
in Spanish but film with have English subtitles. Felipe Pirela, "the
Bolerista of América", reviews his life and his career. Ever since
inspiration and a life of music presented themselves to him in a radio
station of his native Maracaibo, until he conquered international markets
and plazas. During it all, he met the love of his life, a little girl, a dream
of impossible happiness. A bolero (love song) that will pursue him until
the end of his life. https://vimeo.com/144909953

10:15 – 10:45 AM
Persona. Eliécer Jiménez Almeida (Cuba, 2012-2014) 27 min A normal
day in Cuba focusing on the everyday lives of 5 marginal people. An
elderly man who can't get out of bed...A son that is absent... A Catholic
gravedigger and ex-convict that is not granted social pardon... A mother
that suffers the loss of her son, who disappeared at sea trying to reach
the U.S.A....A writer determined to self-imposed exile in his own home
as cultural resistance feeling his uniqueness being asphyxiated... Five
individuals, five intimate stories...United and indivisible solely due to
the human condition. Everything occurs on a normal day when five
people with no official social voice speak and expose their lives.

11:10 – 11:45 AM
El camino de la vida. Isabel Santos (Cuba, 2016) 35 min Isabel Álvarez
Morán's life takes place trapped between occurrences that marked the
history of a large part of humanity in the 20th century. The Spanish Civil
War, the siege of Leningrad, the post-war period in the USSR, and the
Cuban Revolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnU3U23QQdI

12:15 -12:35 PM
Hasta mañana. Pedro Bermúdez (USA/Puerto Rico, 2015) 18:30 min.
(Filmed in Hartford, Connecticut) Victor, a man struggling to care for
his grandson, Javier, gets pulled back into a cycle of substance abuse as
Javier unwittingly enters the underground world of cockfighting in
Hartford, Connecticut. https://vimeo.com/161643133

1:20 – 1:45 PM
Trifecta. Rob Cervantes (USA, 2017) 25 min Julius, Hector and Muriel
are just regular everyday people trying to make it in this world, all under
pressure, all near their breaking point, when their unlikely paths cross in
the heat of a grocery store robbery. Drama/Comedy

2:00 – 3:25 PM
Perla. Sergio Castilla (Chile, 2015) 85 min Pearl, a mutt, is abandoned in
the streets of Santiago by her owner. Samuel, a filmmaker, is suffering a
severe case of writer's block; the fact that his estranged daughter is
back in town and his mother's health is failing doesn't help at all. Pearl
and Samuel cross paths after Perla is run over by a car. Samuel's
reluctant adoption of the dog after she follows him home may be the
best thing that has happened to him in a while, as he begins to "listen"
to her stories. http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2015/05/26/cine-perla-laperrita-

3:40 – 4:01 PM
Lo importante es ahora. Pierre-Antoine Carpentier (Colombia/France,
2016) 21 min In Colombia, while gardening with his grandfather, Kevin
finds a knife. After appropriating it, he sees the opportunity to impress
his friends and gain respect. Having grown up amid injustices, he
believes violence is a solution. When she realizes his friend is changing,
Lorena decides to show him possible alternatives.

4:15 – 4:35 PM
Normal. Vadim Lasca (Venezuela 2015) 17 min
https://vimeo.com/153306664 Fabricio, a Chavista, is stuck at home
during the riots that occurred in Venezuela in 2014. Alejandra,
Fabricio's ex-girlfriend, who participates in the street rioting and
supports the opposition party, is pursued by the National Guard and
arrives to his house. Will they be able to reconcile and deal with their
political differences or will they separate again, just as they did before?

5:10 – 5:35 PM
Trifecta. Rob Cervantes (USA, 2017) 25 min Julius, Hector and Muriel
are just regular everyday people trying to make it in this world, all under
pressure, all near their breaking point, when their unlikely paths cross in
the heat of a grocery store robbery. Drama/Comedy


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