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Latin American Film Festival: 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

California State University, Northridge

The festival is proud to screen Latin American films that have been selected to represent their countries for the Academy Awards in 2018.

The Latin American Festival is taking place at California State University Northridge from November 17 through 19, 2017. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, and UNAM Los Angeles. The three day event will feature films highlighting some of Latin America's most talented filmmakers.

All events are FREE of charge and open to the entire CSUN community and the general public. However space is limited so please reserve your spot by ordering your tickets at Eventbrite (this is a free service).

Schedule of Events
November 17—19, 2017

Event Date and TimeName of EventLocationOrder Tickets

Friday, November 17




 6:00 pm

Opening Reception

Manzanita Hall Lobby

Open to the Public

 7:30 pm

Barrio Thief: Woman in doctor's office with pill bottle in foregroundBarrio Thief
CSUN Student Short Film
Dir. Michelle Mizner

A story about imagination transcending any boundary, Barrio Thief depicts a mother and son facing the grim realities of a highly contagious disease in Peru.Woodpeckers Film Poster

Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)
Dir. José Maria Cabral
Dominican Republic

Love can spring up in the most unlikely places, and the new film Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) tells one such tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction. Dreadlocked and handsome Dominican-Haitian Julián (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role) begins a jail sentence for petty theft inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside Santo Domingo. While navigating the indignities, corruption and everyday violence from both guards and fellow inmates, he becomes immersed in the system of "Woodpecking," the unique sign language the male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary just over 400 feet away.

Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love - and heated liaisons - blossom. Julián's entanglement with one female inmate, Yanelly (the astonishing Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), is the fuse that ignites the events of Woodpeckers, which was shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles. Director José María Cabral, whose previous work was the Dominican Republic's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, delivers a knockout film, full of atmosphere, sexuality, and grit.

Armer Theater

Waitlist Only

Saturday, November 18




4:00 pm

Guilty Men Film PosterGuilty Men (Pariente)
Dir. Ivan D. Gaona

Colombia's foreign-language film Oscar submission.

This impressive feature fiction debut is set in Santander in 2005, when paramilitary groups were supposed to be in the process of disarming under then President Uribe’s impending treaty. Part love story, part political thriller, the film revolves around a rivalry between two men named René and Willington. When René announces that he’ll marry Mariana, Willington is furious, as he’s her ex and still madly in love with her. To complicate matters, René and Willington are both involved in illegal business activities involving extortion payments to local paramilitaries.

Receipts and money exchange hands at night on dirt roads, and this money becomes very tempting for both René, who is desperately in need of cash for his wedding, and for his rival Willington. A hit on the international festival circuit, having been selected in both Venice and Toronto, this excellent film had Hollywood Reporter raving, “Gaona’s sheer storytelling verve will have audiences worldwide hooked…”

Armer Theater

Waitlist Only

7:00 pm

El Inca Film PosterEl Inca
Dir. Ignacio Castillo Cottin

With Special Guest, Film Director, Ignacio Castillo Cottin

EL INCA is a tragic love story based on the life of two-time World Boxing Champion, Edwin "EL INCA" Valero.

Always accompanied by his wife, the charismatic boxer from the Venezuelan Andes, fight in rings around the world, gives great shows and defeat all his rivals with his fulminating knockouts.

However, as his professional life start to improve his personal life start to stagger. Edwin establishes a relationship with another woman and gets trapped in his insecurities an increasing drug addiction to the point to bring him to his own destruction.

Based on powerful true story, this vertiginous film focuses on the life of a talented young man who reaches success, but with his wife, ends up being the victim of his excesses and his countless fears.

Armer Theater

Waitlist Only

Sunday, November 19




 1:00 pm

Anida and a Floating Circus Film PosterAnida and a Floating Circus (Anida y El Circo Flotante)
Dir. Liliana Romero

A film for the whole family, Anida and a Floating Circus tells the story of Anida a young artist that lives in a millenary Floating Circus traveling the harbors along with her best friend, Vincent the toad. She has great power and is able to read the future through the person's hands, but carries a bewitchment- She can't see her own past. The Circus is under the command of Madame Justine, who allows nobody to leave her domains. A mysterious Magician arrives to live an impossible love.

A dream of freedom, power and adventure will make Anida find her path and discover the secret that closes a story with the magic of the best tales.

Armer TheaterWaitlist Only

 4:00 pm

Alba Film Poster: Young girl looking through a small sea urchin shellAlba
Dir. Ana Cristina Barragán

With Special Guest, Film Director, Ana Cristina Barragán

Alba is eleven years old and terribly shy. She has great difficulty standing up for herself among the precocious girls in her class, who talk like little adults about relationships but keep making fun of Alba with the cruelty of children. The fact that she gets nosebleeds at inconvenient moments doesn’t help. To make matters worse, when her ailing mother is hospitalized she is dumped with her eccentric father Igor, who she never knew and of whom she is very ashamed. Very slowly and cautiously, the father and daughter get to know each other.

Alba is a coming-of-age film that is both heart-rending and unsentimental. It’s striking that such a mature and powerful debut comes from Ecuador, the country that until the beginning of this century had only made one film a year. Young leading actress Macarena Arias is one to keep an eye on. She manages to use a minimum of dialogue to devastating effect. Winner Lions Film Award 2016.

Armer TheaterWaitlist Only

 7:00 pm

Rosa Chumbe Film Poster: Stern Peruvian police woman staring directly at cameralRosa Chumbe
Dir. Jonatan Relayze

Peru's 2018 official foreign language Oscar submission, Rosa Chumbe follows Rosa Chumbe, 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.

Rosa Chumbe portrays a bleak reality of modern life in Lima, but it is never overstated. Played by Liliana Trujillo, Rosa Chumbe is totally believable as the police officer dragged down by her addictions.

 Armer TheaterWaitlist Only
  • Seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets in advance through Eventbrite
  • Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers, real-time captionists, or assistive listening devices) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. For more information or to request these services, please call 818.677.4035 or email .
  • This event is free of charge.
  • The closest parking to the Armer Theater is in lots B1, B2, or B3.  The Alan Armer Theater is located in Manzanita Hall, Auditorium Room 100.
  • Daily Parking Permits are $8.  They may be purchased from a parking permit dispenser (available in each student/visitor parking lot) or from an attendant in one of the Information Booths.  Both the parking permit dispensers and Information Booths accept cash, Visa and MasterCard. See the Campus Map for directions.