Latin American Film Festival 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Elaine and Alan Armer Screening Room | Manzanita Hall | Room 100


The 5th Annual Latin American Film Festival is taking place at California State University Northridge from November 16 through 18, 2018. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and UNAM Los Angeles, this three day event features award-winning Latin American films that have been selected to represent their countries at the 2019 Academy Awards.

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).

Note: Films are in Spanish with English subtitles. All films will be shown in the Elaine and Alan Armer Screening Room, located on the first floor of Manzanita Hall, Room 100.

Schedule of Events
November 16—18, 2018

Date & TimeFilm Title & DescriptionOrder Tickets
Friday, Nov. 16  

Opening Reception (Manzanita Hall Lobby)

Catering provided by Frida's Mexican Cuisine.

Open to the Public
7:00pmRubén Blades is Not My Name Film PosterYO NO ME LLAMO RUBÉN BLADES (Rubén Blades is Not My Name)
2018, 85 minutes
Dir. Abner Benaim

A portrait of one of Latin America's most famous singers and songwriters: Rubén Blades.

Latin American icon Rubén Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama. He lives in NY, where he granted filmmakers exclusive access to his life at home and on tour. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben's 50-year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions.

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Saturday, Nov. 17  
1:00pmAna Y Bruno Film PosterANA Y BRUNO (Ana and Bruno) Family Film
2018, 96 minutes
Dir. Carlos Carrera

Directed by Academy Award nominee Carlos Carrera, this Mexican animation is one of the most expensive films ever made in Mexico.
An animated adventure about a young girl who seeks to save her troubled mother. On her journey, Ana befriends Bruno and other funny fantastic beings that help her along the way.

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4:30pmLa Familia Film PosterLA FAMILIA (The Family)
2017, 82 minutes
Dir. Gustavo Rondon Cordova

Andres and his 12 year old son Pedro live in a blue-collar, violent neighborhood in the outskirts of Caracas but hardly see each other. When Andres comes home to find Pedro has gotten himself in trouble after seriously injuring a boy during a fight, the two are forced to flee. Andrés realizes he is incapable of controlling his own teenage son, but their situation will bring them closer than they have ever been.

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Birds of Passage Film PosterPÁJAROS DE VERANO (Birds of Passage)
2018, 125 minutes
Dir. Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerro

Birds of Passage shows the origins of the Colombian drug trade during the 1970's. Rapayet, and his indigenous Wayuu family, become involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth. The resulting power struggle for control of the lucrative drug trade changes forever the lives of Rapayet, his family and their entire culture.

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Sunday, Nov. 18  
4:30pmThe Great Mystical Circus Film PosterO GRANDE CIRCO MYSTICO (The Great Mystical Circus)
2018, 105 minutes
Dir. Carlos Diegues

Inspired by the Jorge de Lima poem, The Great Mystical Circus, is the 18th feature film by Carlos Diegues, one of the most important names in Brazilian filmmaking.

The Great Mystical Circus tells the story of a great love affair between an aristocrat and an acrobat and the saga of the Austrian family who owned the Circus Knieps, and their adventures around the world during the early 20th century. A film in which reality and fantasy come together in a mystical universe.

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7:30pmThe Heiresses Film PosterLAS HEREDERAS (The Heiresses)
2018, 97 minutes
Dir. Macro Martinessi

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

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  • 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.
  • 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.