Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival explores theme of Global Migration

Latin American Film Festival

Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival explores theme of Global Migration

The 14th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is returning in 2019 from September 4, showcasing the best South American films across the Harbour City.

This year’s festival will focus on themes of migration, climate change and social justice.

Festival Programmer, Gisselle Gallego, said she hopes the themes of the films will inspire and inform audiences regarding topical events and challenges faced in Latin America.

There are stories about racism. There are stories about xenophobia. There are stories about human rights, about climate change, about migration.

Gisselle believes in making cinema accessible as she said it is a powerful tool for showcasing local stories that highlight challenges faced in the continent of Latin America.

She explains there is so much that people can learn about internal migration within Latin America once voices are provided an opportunity to be heard.

“We want to give voices to people that normally wouldn’t be heard in cinema,” Gisselle said.

It’s important to understand the challenges that the various migrants face within a local context … (so that) we can support that migration and help those communities thrive within a different environment.

Films that Gisselle is looking forward to include:

  • Perro Bomba, a story about a Haitian immigrant to Chile that she believes draws similarities to the Sudanese community in Melbourne. Filmmaker, Juan Cáceres, will also be conducting a Q & A following the screening
  • Muralla, a famous football goalkeeper from Bolivia becomes involved in the dangerous world of human trafficking to save his ill son.
  • Nido de Mantis, a romantic and tragic Cuban feature film which follows a woman convicted of murder during the migratory crisis in the 1990s.

As a not-for-profit, SLAFF donates excess profits from ticket sales to various social justice charities as part of their Community Support Programs (CSPs), in an effort to support disadvantaged communities in Latin America.

These charities include Nicaragua-based Comamos Juntos (translates to: let’s eat together) which is a community kitchen addressing food waste and security in Managua, and the Julian Cho Society in Belize which aims to protect the livelihoods of marginalised Mayan communities.

The films will be screened at three venues across Sydney including Dendy Opera Quays, Addison Road Picture House and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, to audiences from all over the city.

There will also be a short film competition, featuring seven films from Mexico to Argentina. A further competition for feature length films will take place with a cash prize and the winners announced on closing night.

Event Details
WHEN: Wednesday 4 September – Wednesday 11 September 2019
WHERE: Various Locations
COST: $12-85

Clare Manera

Clare is a third-year Global Studies student at UTS and an aspiring writer with a keen interest in reading and sharing stories. She loves travelling to new places and meeting interesting people. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]