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Bienvenidos amigos to the 7th Sydney Latin American Film Festival! We have an impressive line up of new cinema from across Latin America. This year we have invited over 30 awardwinning Australian premieres from 15 different countries. As always, the Festival has pulled out all the stops & has put together not only a brilliant program but a fantastic selection of extra special events that showcase the rich cultural landscape that is Latin America.

Shot beautifully in black and white, Southwest takes us on a journey that challenges conventional perceptions of time and place. The City Closing night is a real treat with the film that has brought Cuban cinema back from the dead - literally. Juan of the Dead is not your ordinary zombie film, it’s a black comedy that turns Havana upside down - zombie-themed dress is optional.

The Festival opens on September 6 at the beautiful Dendy Opera Quays and runs through to September 16, closing at the Über-cool Bankstown Arts Centre.

Opening night at Bankstown Arts Centre welcomes Venezuela’s entry to the Academy Awards The Rumble of the Stones.

Opening the Festival is the Australian Premiere of Mia, a striking new feature by Argentine filmmaker Javier Van de Couter. We are thrilled to have Javier as guest of the Festival to present his film.

Your festival experience continues in Bankstown with a focus on South America, including Uruguay’s highly acclaimed The Delay, Argentina’s Mount Bayo and closing our 10-day Festival Peru’s The Inca, the Silly Girl and the Son of a Thief.

In this exhilarating era of Latin American cinema, Andrés Wood (Machuca) returns with an outstanding adaptation of the life of Chilean heroine, Violeta Parra in Violeta Went to Heaven. The Chilean documentary Sibila reaches new heights with a bold exploration into the mindset of a convicted Shining Path leader.

Australia’s own filmmakers continue to raise the bar, so be sure to check out the Local Filmmakers programme. Our ever popular Microcinema is back, this time at the Addison Rd Centre and we continue our “alternative” film screenings at the MuMeson Archives.

Colombian cinema is standing out from the crowd with Choco, a film that epitomises female strength in a male dominated society. Venezuela has flexed its film industry muscles with action thriller The Zero Hour and its clever commentary on the abuse of power.

We thank all our generous sponsors for their continued support, our supporters and volunteers, whose passion for promoting Latin American cinema and culture has made this Festival possible, and you, our audience, for helping us make a difference.

Brazil returns once again with a continued strong tradition in cinema.

Nos vemos en el Festival!




We are inspired by the diligent hands, hearts and minds of those who work vigorously to combat social inequalities in Latin America.

SLAFF’s Cine Barrio (Neighbourhood Cinema) program presents Latino film screenings and discussion at free and accessible venues in collaboration with diverse community groups across Sydney. Through Cine Barrio, we aim to ensure that the needs of local communities are being met by making these cultural events financially, geographically and socially accessible.

WHO WE ARE The Sydney Latin American Film Festival is a non-profit organisation, run by a passionate and dedicated team of volunteers and collaborators. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival crew are:

The Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) supports and raises awareness for grassroots, community development initiatives. It is through our Community Support Program (CSP) that we are able to provide grants to organisations creating positive changes in their communities.

Aurelia Muñoz, Ana Lopez, Beth Hetherington, Carolina Borda, Carolina Triana, Elena Hattersley, Esther Lozano, Fernando Cazar, Gisselle Gallego, Jaqueline Andres, Jorge Avila, Laura Luna, Lidia Luna, Mark Taylor, Rachael Hetherington, Raquel Duron, Samira Farah, Stephen Summerhayes, Pilar Angon, Zacha Rosen

Since our inaugural Festival in 2006, we have raised more than $100,000 through tickets sales, which has enabled us to endow grants to eighteen worthy organisations who implement health, education, housing, indigenous and environmental projects.

International Liaison Officers: Cristian Monetti (Argentina) & Andrés Barrios Medellín (Mexico) Festival Design & Graphics: Rully Zakaria, Mark Taylor Trailer: Davor Opacak Web development: Jeremy Epstein CSP design & trailer: Jonathan Conde & Matias Carreño Pimstein

This year we will be supporting organisations from countries that have never before received SLAFF grants. For further details about projects we are supporting in 2012, please visit the CSP information stall at the Festival or visit our website. 2

Festival highlights SHORTS & SOUNDS

TRIBUTE TO VIOLETA PARRA Dendy Opera Quays Friday 7 September

Bankstown Arts Centre Friday 17 August

Join us in celebrating this icon of Latin American folk music with a very special performance by Cecilia Vilardo following the screening of Violeta Went to Heaven.

Take a sneak peek at this year’s Festival and have a great night out as we present some of the top short films selected for our program along some amazing live music! Featuring Sonbuq plus special guests Food & drinks available Doors open 7pm. Tickets $12/$10, available from 6pm, cash only.

SPECIAL EVENT Dendy Opera Quays Saturday 8 September Join us for a uniquely delightful performance by Mexican Harpist Victor Valdes and Uruguayan Percussionist Fernando Andrés following the screening of Brilliant Soil.

FIESTA IN THE CITY CITY OPENING NIGHT Dendy Opera Quays / Paragon Hotel Thursday 6 September

CITY CLOSING NIGHT FIESTA Dendy Opera Quays Monday 10 September We’re hosting our City Closing Night Fiesta ‘a lo Cubano’ (Cuban-style) as we present Cuban zombie film Juan of the Dead shot on location in Havana! Join us before the screening for an exclusive performance by Moro & Buena Vista Dance Cuban Academy performers – the best Cuban salsa on Sydney’s shores! Pre-screening drinks and performance from 7pm, film starts at 8pm.

This year, we’ve partnered with The Paragon Hotel at Circular Quay to host one very special Fiesta on opening night! Headlining the entertainment will be Cumbiamuffin, the unstoppable collective of Cumbia, Ragga and Reggae sounds that has been conquering Sydney’s music scene.

MICROCINEMA Addison Rd Centre Tuesday 11 September With the support of our good friends at Casa Latina, this year we present the Microcinema session at the Addison Rd Centre, bringing together film and panel discussion aimed at engaging deeply with issues presented in the film. Rivers of Men focuses on the future of water, unravelling the factors surrounding Cochabamba’s war over water. Screening followed by panel discussion.

Feast on a delicious selection of Latino bites and enjoy our favourite drinks from Cristal beer, Argento wines and Tres Cruces beer. But before the action starts, join us for a pre-screening performance by Patio de Tango. Grab your tickets early as every year our Opening Night Fiestas sell out.


the Audience Award form handed out after each session - rank the film and tell us a little bit about your film festival experience. Make your vote count and you could win!

MU-MESON ARCHIVES Wednesday 12 September We’re back at the Mu-Meson Archives presenting a back to back session of alternative cinema. Die Standing Up tells a personal battle against social and gender prejudice, while José Castillo’s Dreams takes a rare and intimate look into the works of Venezuela’s film animator extraordinaire José Castillo.

GUEST FILMMAKER The official guest of this year’s Festival is Argentine filmmaker Javier Van de Couter, Director of the City Opening Night feature, Mia. Javier will be visiting Sydney with thanks to LAN Airlines. Join us at the Q&A session following the Opening Night screening as Javier shares with us his experiences making his first feature film!


FILMMAKER PRIZES Thanks to LAN Airlines, the best Feature, Documentary and Short Film as voted by the audience will be awarded a generous cash prize! Once again, the Bankstown Arts Centre is holding its doors wide open to host the Festival’s Western Sydney Opening Night Fiesta!

HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA Macquarie University Saturday 20 October 5pm

In partnership with Macquarie University, the Festival presents a Human Rights focused event, including a thought provoking film & panel discussion. Pencil it in your diary & check our website closer to the date for further details.

Hit the dance floor to the infectious sounds of Latin Kaos following the screening of The Rumble of the Stones. Completing your evening will be a fantastic array of canapés and our favourite drinks from Cristal beer, Argento wines and Tres Cruces beer.



Meet the local talent at our Local Filmmakers session, showcasing stories from or about Latin America. The Festival is offering a prize to one lucky filmmaker, as voted by the audience.

Win a trip in Latin America! Intrepid Travel is this year’s proud presenter of the Audience Award prize for our voting audience with an amazing trip in Latin America. To enter, simply complete 4

Opening night film & fiesta MIA Feature | Argentina | 2011 Javier Van de Couter | 105 min Spanish | English SUBTiTLES

Javier Van De Couter is the Festival Guest Filmmaker, join him post-screening for a Q&A

Ale is a vagabond transvestite existing on the fringes of society. She lives in a shanty town with other homeless gays and transvestites - they are ’cartoneros’, surviving by collecting and recycling rubbish from the streets. When Ale happens upon the diary of a woman who has recently committed suicide she becomes absorbed and entranced with its contents. Mia’s diary is filled with stories about, and dedicated to, her young daughter. Reading the diary, Ale feels maternal stirrings and takes it upon herself to return the diary to the young girl. A heart-warming, gentle, deeply moving drama that challenges society’s perception of people living on the fringe. Best Film , Premio Maguey GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012

Thursday 6 September | 7pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

Violeta went to Heaven Violeta se fue a los cielos

Southwest Sudoeste

FEATURE|CHILE | 2011 Andrés Wood | 110 min Spanish / FRENCH | English SUBTITLES

FEATURE | brazil| 2011 Eduardo Nunes | 126 min portuguese| English SUBTITLES

Taking out this year’s Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, Violeta Went to Heaven is the extraordinary story of famed Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra. Tracing her evolution from impoverished child to national hero and international sensation, the film beautifully captures the swirling intensity of Parra’s inner contradictions, hopes and passions. Directed by Machuca’s Andrés Wood, this is an unconventional and beautifully filmed biopic of one of the most important and celebrated Latin American artists of all time.

In a small village at the edge of the world, a mother dies in childbirth and the baby is whisked away from the village by the attending midwife. The child grows but time remains motionless in the village. Clarice, it appears, is a special child. We bear witness to the strange unfolding of Clarice’s life in a single day as she encounters the local villagers whose reality is undisturbed except for the immediate loss they feel for her mother. With a dream-like quality, Clarice’s brief existence is set against an untamed, austere coastal landscape. Southwest is a mysterious and beautiful film that plays like a black-and-white fable, and which places director Eduardo Nunes in the ranks of indie auteurs to be watched.

As a tribute to this Latin American icon, join us for a special performance by Cecilia Vilardo following the screening of the film.


Best Artistic Contribution Opera Prima HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL 2011



Brilliant Soil Tierra Brillante

Silence in Paradise Silencio en el Paraiso

DOCUMENTARY | Mexico | 2011 José Luis Figueroa Lewis & Sebastián Díaz Aguirre | 93 min Spanish/Purepecha|English SubTITLES

FEATURE | Colombia | 2011 colbert garcia | 93 min Spanish | English Subtitles

Thousands of artisans in Mexico today still use lead in their glazed pottery, not knowing the damage that this toxic element has on their health. Herlinda, a Purépecha indigenous potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who use lead-free glazes - but this is not without its challenges. Herlinda dreams of having her shop thrive and hopes for her brothers to return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition. An unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.

Ronald has only two concerns in his life: his job as a bicycle-riding local advertiser, and Lady, the forlorn object of his affection. In an attempt to secure both of these, Ronald earnestly seeks other job opportunities, finally attaining the promise of work outside his town, the marginalized neighbourhood of ‘El Paraíso’, Bogotá. However, his departure, like many others before him, proves ill fated. Based on true events.

Join us for a Mexican musical treat by Victor Valdes & Fernando Andrés following the screening of the film.

Best Latin American Film & Best Latin American Director MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2012


Saturday 8 September 3pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

Screens with:

Little Lamb | Antonio Isordia | Mexico


Saturday 8 September 5pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

The Return El Regreso

The Zero Hour La Hora Cero

FEATURE | Costa rica | 2011 hernan jimenez | 98 min SPANISH | ENGLISH SUBTITLES

FEATURE | venezuela | 2010 diego velasco | 100 min SPANISH | ENGLISH SUBTITLES

After a decade of living in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to his native Costa Rica for a brief visit. When a turn of events force him to extend his stay, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father and a violent country. Unable to run away, Antonio must come to terms with his past in order to take hold of the present and build a better future. Rich in character development, The Return defines, then redefines what it means to leave one’s nation, to return and the search for identity against family and nation.

A story of violence and revenge, love and action, The Zero Hour is set against harsh reality of life in Caracas. This fast-paced, action-packed film is based on the 1996 medical strike and follows hit-man, Parca, as he takes over an elite hospital in a desperate attempt to save his girlfriend’s life. Taking doctors and wealthy patients as hostages, Parca soon realises that his desperation for medical care is shared by thousands of other citizens affected by the strike. A love story told in the midst of chaos, The Zero Hour is a story about the mythic rise to power and the inevitable fall from grace. Best Film - Audience Award LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011


Screens with:

Days of Water | Ramon Campos | Colombia

Today is not ’chucho’ cake day | Braulio Rodriguez | Venezuela

Saturday 8 September 7pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

Saturday 8 September 9pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

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Spotlight on Local Filmmakers


SHORTS | 2012 various DIRECTORS | 80 min English

FEATURE |chile/spain | 2012 Teresa Arredondo | 9 4 min Spanish | English Subtitles

Don’t miss this diverse line-up of local films competing for the prestigious Local Filmmakers Award. Our local talent have covered a full spectrum of themes ranging from thoughtful reflective pieces to the search for identity and place there’s something for every cinefile.

“I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my Aunt Sibila was imprisoned, accused of forming part of the Shining Path, the Communist Party of Peru. I was 7 years old and my parents’ protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand.”

Rice with Mango Lorenzo Moscia, 35min Camera Obscura Marta Maia, 6min My Sister Winnie Diaz Sempio, 13min La Peña Justo Diaz, 37min Mother’s Day Lidia Luna, 8min Blood Brothers Adrian Cordero, 14min Marco Guido Gonzalez, 5min

Director Teresa Arredondo’s impressive first feature-length documentary, Sibila, is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past and is an unique encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.

Don’t miss this session where our local talent goes head to head competing for the “Local Filmmaker Award.”

Best Film Human Rights Competition BAFICI 2012

Sunday 9 September 2pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS


Sunday 9 September 4pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS


Have you seen Lupita? ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?

FEATURE | colombia | 2011 Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza | 80 min SPANISH | ENGLISH Subtitles

feature | mexico/chile| 2011 Gonzalo Justiano | 86 min spanish | English SUBTITLES

Thirtyish Chocólatico - nicknamed Chocó, is a hard-working mother of two with a drunkard for a husband. In the mornings, she works in a gold mine along the San Juna River. In the afternoons she launders clothes for the rich. On her daughter’s seventh birthday, Chocó tries desperately to scrape together enough money to buy her a cake. A humble desire that will change the course of her life.

Lupita is a beautiful young woman from a well-to-do Mexican family. Unlike the rest of her family, however, she lives in a world of her own. Faced with the possibility of being institutionalised yet again, Lupita escapes from the straightlaced family who thinks that the only way to control her is to commit her. She embarks upon a journey into a world that she didn’t know existed. With refreshing innocence and romanticism, Lupita dares us to experience the world through rose-coloured glasses.

This Colombian hymn to female resilience and endurance shows us the power of ritual, song, religion and community spirit in the face of adversity.

A delightful tale that will leave you with a warm after-glow.


Screens with:

Otherness | David Lucio | Panama

Sunday 9 September 6pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS


Sunday 9 September 8pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS

DENDY OPERA QUAYS Thursday 6 September City Opening Night/Filmmaker Q&A/Fiesta 7pm | Mia | Argentina

DENDY OPERA QUAYS SUNDAY 9 September 2pm | Spotlight on Local Filmmakers (shorts)|Australia

FRIDAY 7 September 6.30pm|Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se fue a los Cielos) | Chile

4pm | Sibila | Chile/Spain 6pm | Choco | Colombia

9.00pm | Southwest (Sudoeste) | Brazil SATURDAY 8 September 3.00pm | Brilliant Soil (Tierra Brillante)|Mexico

8pm | Have you seen Lupita? (¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?)| Mexico/Chile MONDAY 10 September 6pm | The Sacred SciencE | Peru/USA

5.00pm | Silence in Paradise (Silencio en el Paraíso) | Colombia

Voices That Heal (Esas Voces que Curan) | Peru/USA

7.00pm | The Return (El Regreso) |Costa Rica

City Closing Night Fiesta 7pm | Fiesta

9.00pm | The Zero Hour (La HoraPrinted Cero) | Venezuela and Freecard Media

8pm | Juan of the Dead (Juan de los Muertos) | Cuba/Spain


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ADDISON RD CENTRE - CASA LATINA TUESDAY 11 September 6.30pm | MICROCINEMA Rivers of Men (Ríos de Hombres) & Panel discussion | Mexico/Bolivia

BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE FRIDAY 14 September Bankstown Opening Night FiestA 7pm | the Rumble of the Stones (El Rumor de las Piedras) | Venezuela


SATURDAY 15 September 4pm | Lean Mean Cows (Flacas Vacas) | Uruguay

WEDNESDAY 12 September 7.30pm | Die Standing Up (Morir de Pie)|Mexico

6pm | Mount Bayo (Cerro Bayo) |Argentina 8pm | The Delay (La Demora) | Uruguay

Jose Castillo’s Dreams (Los Sueños de José Castillo) |Venezuela

SUNDAY 16 September 3pm | Cultures of Resistance | USA/Brazil 5pm | Anonymous (Anónimo) | Chile 7pm | The Inca, the Silly Girl and the Son of a Thief (El Inca, la Boba y el Hijo del Ladrón) | Peru/Bolivia 12

Voices that heal Esas voces que curan

The Sacred Science

Documentary | Peru/USA | 2011

Documentary | Peru/USA | 2011 Nick Polizzi | 77 min English/Spanish/Quechua|ENGLISH SUB

Delia Ackerman & Heather Greer|45 min

SPANISH/SHIPIBO/ENGLISH|ENGLISH SUB The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next. Voices That Heal tells the story of a Shipibo shaman and her family, and the struggle to keep their traditions alive.

Parkinson’s disease. Breast cancer. Diabetes. Depression. Despite remarkable advances in modern medicine, our society still struggles to effectively treat these and other common illnesses. This is the story of eight people who went looking for alternatives to the modern medicines that failed them.

double session Monday 10 September | 6pm DENDY OPERA QUAYS


Juan of the Dead Juan de los muertos

Rivers of Men RIos de Hombres

Feature | Cuba/Spain | 2011 Alejandro Brugués |100 min Spanish | English SUBTITLES

Documentary | mexico/bolivia | 2011 tin dirdamal | 76 min Spanish | English SUBTITLES

Juan is a 40 years old loser who spends his days doing next to nothing. This is Juan’s life, that is, until strange things start to happen across Havana; the people are turning violent, attacking one another without cause. Juan slowly comes to the realisation that the attacks are not an act of the Revolution and that the attackers are not “normal” human beings. They’re not vampires, they’re not possessed and they’re definitely not dissidents. Juan hears opportunity knocking and decides on a somewhat unorthodox course of action.

We exist in a world where rainwater can be privatised. Mexican documentary filmmaker Tin Dirdamal took seven years to make this controversial documentary about the “Water Wars” of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Dirdamal, captures the story of the Wars as told by a mother who lost her son, a general under orders to send the army against his hometown, a young homeless man who became a hero and a single father who grows flowers. * Join us after the film for a lively panel discussion.

A wacky and irreverent comedy packed full of the juiciest zombie satire.



microcinema session Tuesday 11 Sept | 6.30pm ADDISON ROAD CENTRE

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The Rumble of the Stones El Rumor de las Piedras


Documentary|Mexico | 2011|73 min Jacaranda Correa |SpaNISH|Eng SUB

Feature |Venezuela |2011 Alejandro Bellame |100 min Spanish | EngLISH SUBTITLES

This is the inspiring story of Irina Layewska, a tireless fighter and advocate for personal freedoms and progressive causes. Born to Mexican communist militants and raised on a suitably staunch diet of communism, Irina fought in the Cuban solidarity movement, idolizing Che Guevara as a father figure. But when faced with a severe disability, Irina decides to undertake a personal revolution.

Delia is a hard-working young woman living in the slums of Caracas with her two sons. They are survivors to a devastating natural disaster that killed thousands of people, including Delia’s daughter, in the Vargas state of Venezuela in 1999. Concerned about the future of her children, who are increasingly becoming involved with crime and gangs, Delia resolves to do whatever it takes to ensure her children lead a life free from poverty and violence.

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JOSE CASTILLO’S DREAMS DOCUMENTARY | VENEZUELA | 2012 | 38 MIN Luis and Andrés Rodríguez | SPA | ENG SUB An intimate close-up of the artist José Castillo, one of the most enduring figures of the Venezuelan animated film scene. Castillo has amassed a vast body of work with unstoppable dedication. His imaginary world, documented in the lines, colours and sounds of 24 frames per second, comes to life when projected on screen.

Wednesday 12 Sept | 7.30pm MU-MESON ARCHIVES

The Rumble of the Stones was Venezuela’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 84th Academy Awards. Best Film VENEZUELAN FILM FESTIVAL MERIDA 2011


Friday 14 September | 7pm BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE


lean mean cows flacas vacas

mount bayo cerro bayo

Feature | Uruguay/Argentina | 2012 Santiago Svirsky | 88min Spanish | English SUBTITLES

Feature | Argentina | 2010 Victoria Galardi | 86 min Spanish | English SUBTITLES

Olga, Teresa and Magdalena have been friends since they were born. After years of not seeing each other, a casual encounter leads the three to organise a weekend away at the beach. It soon becomes apparent that almost everything they used to share is long gone. To make things more awkward, Olga’s crazy sister and her girlfriend show up and decide to stay with them.

Life in the Patagonian resort town of Villa La Angostura is disrupted when village matriarch, Juana Keller, tries to commit suicide. While Juana lies comatosed in hospital her middle-aged daughters, Marta and Mercedes, bicker over the best course of action to take regarding their mother’s estate - a situation complicated by rumours that Juana had recently bought a winning lottery ticket.

An irony-filled comedy, Lean Mean Cows unravels the complexities of unhealthy friendships that have long-passed their use-by date.

Petty rivalries and jealousies are bought to a head as the volatility of family dynamics brings out the best and worst in the sisters and their family. Academy Award nominee, Adriana Barraza, stars in this funny and gentle dramatic Argentine comedy.

Screens with:

Eskimal | Homero Ramirez | Mexico

Saturday 15 September 4pm BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE


Saturday 15 September 6pm BANKSTOWN ARTs CENTRE

The Delay La Demora

Cultures of Resistance

feature|Uruguay/Mexico/FrancE|2012 Rodrigo PlÁ | 84 min Spanish | English Subtitles

Documentary |USA / Brazil / Congo / Colombia / Iran / Mexico / Nigeria / Palestine / Syria / Lebanon / Rwanda / Burma / Liberia | 2010 Iara Lee | 73 min English / Spanish / Portuguese / Farsi / French / Arabic / Burmese | ENGLISH SUB

Agustín forgets things; he is ageing and he knows it. María, his daughter, is a single mother of three and bears the sole responsibility for the care of her 80 year old father. Maria sleeps very little and works too much; she’s increasingly overwhelmed. The Delay is a powerful and nuanced portrait of broken family bonds and everyday life.

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. Cultures of Resistance celebrates the people standing up to exploitation and violence with artistic expression and creative activism.

Forum Prize Ecumenical Jury & Tagesspiegel Readers’ Prize BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012


Screens with:

The Prickly Pear | Hugo Ortiz | Mexico

Saturday 15 September 8pm BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE


Sunday 16 September 3pm BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE

Anonymous Anónimo

The Inca, the Silly Girl and the son of a Thief

FEATURE|Chile | 2011 Renato Pérez Arancibia | 90 min Spanish | English Subtitles

FEATURE| peru/bolivia | 2011 ronnie temoche |104 min Spanish | English Subtitles

Shunned by his family and friends as he desperately tries to re-enter society, Javier is forced into the fringes and moves into a boarding house. He has been released after 14 years behind bars, but in his tortured mind he is no closer to freedom. The boarding house becomes a place of refuge for Javier and fellow boarder, the youthful Amanda, his only friend. It is Amanda who encourages him to resume his “life” and reconnect with his now-teenage daughter - a daughter he hardly knows.

A wrestler in search of a place to live out his days, a waitress who dreams of an idyllic romance, and a young man who has been dishonoured by his father’s deeds flee their home town to chase down their dreams. Robbed of their proper names, The Inca, the Silly Girl and the Son of a Thief can only hope to break free from the epithets that have been imposed upon them. Along the way morals, tenacity and integrity will be tested - to succeed means defying the stigma of their names, but to fail means succumbing to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Best Peruvian Film Audience Award LIMA FILM FESTIVAL 2011

Screens with:

Screens with:

Angst | Leon Rechy | Mexico

Correlejas | Ramon Campos |Colombia

Sunday 16 September 5pm BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE

Sunday 16 September 7pm BANKSTOWN ARTs CENTRE


thanK you To the many individuals and organisations who offer their time and resources freely we truly thank you. An enormous ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers who have injected their time, knowledge, energy and passion into producing the Festival.

Sophia & Pedro - Patio de Tango, Moro & all at Buena Vista Dance Academy, Victor Valdes & Fernando Andrés, all at Sonbuq.

Estela Valverde - Macquarie University, Lion D’or Patisserie, Carlos Encina, Lucy Munevar & Ana Grassi - NSW Spanish and Latin American Association for Social Assistance, all at Casa Latinoamericana, Tim Carroll & all at Bankstown Youth Development Service, Latinos Macquarie Student Society, Fernando Cazar & all at Sony DADC, Lunática Prods, Cine Esperanza, Elena Hattersley, African Film Festival , Imagining Images.

Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW, FAHCSIA, Mr Alvaro Barba - Consul General of Uruguay, Mr Ricardo Bocalandro - Consul General of Argentina & Mr Pablo Hartstein Deputy Consul General of Argentina, Iván Gutiérrez - Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Fernando Clavier & all at Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía Venezuela.

Carlos Arango, Mike Raper & all from Cumbiamuffin, DJ’s - Radio Malembe,

Jamie & Aspa - Mu-Meson Archives, the staff from Bankstown Arts Centre, Dendy Opera Quays & The Paragon Hotel.

To our families and friends and to those who have offered advice and assistance along the way… ¡Muchas gracias!


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Club Dendy members, full time students (photo ID required), senior citizens, pensioners, health care card holders and children under 16 years of age (check film classifications).

General Ticketing Information

• Payment using all major credit cards (except where doors sales available only) • No phone sales through any venue • Transaction fees apply to Moshtix • Venues are wheelchair accessible except MuMeson Archives • Festival tickets are non-refundable and nonexchangeable • Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced or refunded • All seating is unreserved (except where otherwise stated) • Please check the website for classification updates. Age restrictions apply.

We urge patrons to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Program information is correct at the time of publication and the Festival regretfully reserves the right to withdraw, change and replace program information without notice. Please check prior to event for up to date information.

Sydney Latin American Film Festival  

Sydney Latin American Film Festival