Film Series

Latin American & Caribbean Film Today

Mondays, April 2, 16 & 23 at 7pm

The theme for the festival is “Race, Gender, and Political Dissent: Latin American and Caribbean Film Today.” It will showcase three recent films from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, which will allow the audience to approach the plurality of Latin American and Caribbean societies in terms of race, gender, and political stances. All of these films have been awarded several prizes in festivals around the world, including Sundance, San Sebastián, Havana, and Guadalajara, among others. The film festival hopes to spark conversations on issues such as the incarcerated Black population in the Caribbean, the political repression in certain historical periods, and the vulnerability of population in hostile and precarious social environments. These are compelling and provocative tales of survival, resistance, determination, and transgression, some of them inspired by real events.

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Santa y Andrés

Starring: Lola Amores, Luna Tinoco, Eduardo Martinez

In 1983 Cuba, a gay writer who is non-compliant with the government is blacklisted, and a local peasant woman working on a state farm is assigned to watch him. As she keeps a close watch on the man, they both realize they have a lot in common.

It was censored in Cuba by ministerial decision but has flourished on the international film festival circuit. In Spanish with English subtitles.

  • Director: Carlos Lechuga
  • Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The film is an intimate, carefully paced and expertly played drama about the power of a shared humanity to override dogma privileging fear and separation. Sadly, Cuba’s official film propaganda body, the ICAIC, has sought to suppress “Santa & Andrés” from Cuba and Cuban film showcases.”

– Variety

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La Soledad/ The Solitude

Starring: Rodrigo Michelangeli, Jorge Thielen Armand

La Soledad is a dilapidated villa located in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Caracas. It used to be the home of director Jorge Thielen Armand’s great-grandparents, but when the owners passed away fifteen years ago, the property was unofficially inherited by their lifelong maid, Rosina, now 72, who remained to care for the house and raise her grandson, José, now 27, Jorge’s childhood friend. José works as a handyman, dreaming of a better life for his six-year-old daughter Adrializ, amidst Venezuela’s economic crisis. Waiting in long queues for food and the medicine Rosina so desperately needs is part of José’s routine. When he learns that the legal inheritors of the house plan to sell the estate, José struggles to try to find a solution that will keep his family away from the crime-ridden slums. Yet the house holds a secret that could save them all: a treasure that is rumored to be buried in its walls. Set in the beautiful derelict eponymous mansion and played by the real inhabitants, La Soledad poetically depicts Venezuela’s socio-economic crisis through José’s struggle to save his family from homelessness.

  • Director: Jorge Thielen Armand
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A quietly compelling item that appears to be part documentary, part realist fiction, with a faint edge of dream-like ghostliness.”

– The Guardian

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Carpinteros / Woodpeckers

Starring: Ramón Emilio Candelario, Judith Rodriguez Perez

Incarcerated in the Dominican Republic, an inmate uses sign language to communicate with his imprisoned girlfriend at an adjacent institution.

  • Director: José María Cabral
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“José María Cabral’s arresting drama “Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)” could be called love in a pressure cooker, but that would be understating its vivid textures and palpable vitality.”

– New York Times

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.