7th Annual Latino and Native American Film Festival

Wednesday, April 12, 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.

Wednesday, April 12

9:15 – 10:45 AM
La Sargento Matacho. William González Zafra (Colombia, 2015) 94
min Colombia, 1948. Liberals and Conservatives are engaged in a
bloody war. In the state of Tolima, several liberal farmers are massacred
by Conservative forces, among them Rosalba Velasco's husband. The
mother of a two-year-old child, Rosalba decides to seek revenge on her
own, wreaking bloody chaos on the countryside. Recruited by the
Liberal Army, her ruthlessness earns her the nickname of Sergeant
Matacho. Starring Damián Alcázar as Feliciano Pachón, a founder of the
FARC, one of Colombia's most powerful guerrillas.

11:15 – 11:35 AM
Cries in the Room/Llanto en la habitación. José Luis Luna (México,
2015) 15:42 min. A man and a woman meet in a hotel room to seal a
pact of tears. A history about two people living on the verge of death and
desolation of northern México's violence. Two people trying to find the
beauty and solace of some kind of justice.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Él, ella, el río. Roger Neyra Luzuriaga (Argentina, 2016) 15 min. It's a
love story of meetings and disagreements. A man submersed into the
madness of alcohol, only has his sax, a cat and a distant love pierced into
his heart. Black and white fiction. Symphonic tango, visual poem,
shamanic. He, She, The River; three characters, one destination: the
embrace of eternity.

12:15 – 12:45 PM
María Domínguez: La palabra libre. Vicky Calavia (Spain, 2015) 28
min Portrait of Maria Dominguez Remon (Pozuelo de Aragón, 1882 -
Fuendejalón, 7-IX-1936, Zaragoza, Spain). She was the first mayor of
the Second Spanish Republic (Gallur, 1932), journalist, lecturer and
teacher, author of "women's Reviews" (1934), published by Editorial de
Madrid Castro and introduced by Hildegart Rodriguez. A portrait of this
almost unknown and fascinating character, through the testimonies of
people related to culture, literature, politics, history of Spain, education
and feminism. The documentary claims that she defended values:
equality of women, freedom of thought, universal suffrage, women's
suffrage, the struggle against oppression, liberation of cultural and
religious prejudice, education, culture as an engine change, overcoming,
courage, love not imposed but freely chosen, the facts translate ideals
into action. A revolutionary of her time. https://vimeo.com/168040139

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Internet Junkie. Alexander Katzowicz (Argentina/Mexico/Israel, 2015)
91 min Featuring guest turns by legendary Mexican director Arturo
Ripsten (in his acting debut) and Angela Molina ("That Obscure Object
of Desire"), Katzowicz's opera prima intertwines five stories shot in
three countries to explore humanity's technology-driven alienation.
These are stories about characters glued to their smartphones, their
laptops, their tablets all day long; characters like a man who, pretending
to be a coronel, seeks the company of women thru the web and a couple
who discover a new source of income in online sex.

2:45 – 3:05 PM
Los hilos que nos tejen/The Threads that Weave Us. Melissa
Elizondo (Doc. México, 2015) 17:28min Ramses is an 8 year old boy
that has grown up in an urban environment, but now he needs to stay in
a remote town in the Mixteca Mountain Range of Oaxaca to care for his
grandmother, a Ñuu savi woman that only speaks her native tongue.
Ramses will discover his the importance of his heritage during this trip.

3:30 – 4:15 PM
Little Immigrants 2008 – Sonia Fritz, Frances Lausell 42 min (Puerto
Rico/Mexico) Abi and Eliezer, are a Mexican boy and girl, trying to
cross the Mexico-US border to re-unite with their mother. She left them
10 years earlier due to extreme poverty. We follow their story and the
context surrounding the immigration issue, until they are able to re-unite
and enter a school in Phoenix.

5:00 – 6:00 PM
El Juego Sucio (The Dirty Game). 60 min, Nitsy Grau (Ecuador 2016)
- The life of the American journalist David Flag changes forever when
embarking on a trip to Ecuador to write what could be the most
important story of his career. Sent by his experienced and mysterious
boss and colleague Peter Beck, to the beautiful South American country,
he seeks proof of the alleged fraud committed by Ecuador against
Chevron. David poses as a Political Science student and meets Mariana
Rodas, a lawyer, teacher and investigator for the Chevron-Texaco case,
and her assistant Mona. While engaged in an alleged thesis, David falls
in love with the country and his new friend Mona, with whom he will
undertake a race against time to find the truth of the Chevron Case. His
research advances in the middle of a great amount of information that
questions the theory of the alleged fraud in which David finds many
contradictions, for that reason he decides to go to the Ecuadorian
Amazon and to see with his own eyes the place where all this history
originated. There it marvels with its majestic ecosystem and
biodiversity, but also with areas destroyed and contaminated with oil
that, even after several decades, persists as a result of the operation of
Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador ... Faced with this reality, David's questions
continue with the malicious agenda imposed by his boss ... Will he be
willing to continue El Juego Sucio? (The Dirty Game) The characters
and situations that are narrated in the film document are fictitious. The
information registered on the arbitration process Chevron vs. Ecuador,
commonly called Chevron III, is real.


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