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Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents "Una Mosca en la Ceniza/A Fly in the Ashes"

Friday, April 5, 2013
6:00 PM

Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-4788 ext. 130

Humanities, Photography, Film & Video

Some of the most acclaimed Latin American films will have free screenings in West Michigan during the 4th annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival, April 4-7, at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre. Featured guests will include Venezuelan filmmaker Juan Andrés Bello and Argentine director Gustavo Taretto on Saturday April 6. See individual listings for each date.

The festival will include screenings of 14 films from Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including, "Una Mosca en la Ceniza/A Fly in the Ashes," a 2009 film from Argentina, directed by Gabriela David.

This gripping drama depicts the nightmarish predicament of two young rural women who are lured to Buenos Aires by job openings for domestics, but instead find themselves enslaved as prostitutes. One of them refuses to cooperate, though her mentally challenged friend, unable to comprehend the grievous situation, accommodates their captors. Writer-producer-director, the late Gabriela David (Taxi, An Encounter) de-emphasizes the feminist angle inherent in the material, opting instead for a stark, straightforward drama, and cameraman Miguel Abal makes liberal use of close-ups to heighten the sense of claustrophobia in the bordello scenes. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 98 minutes

All festival events are free and open to the public with support from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University, Mexican Consulate in Detroit, Argentine Consulate in Chicago, Consulate of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela in Chicago, Consulate of Brazil in Chicago, MOSTRA, Chiaroscuro Film Series, Celebration! Cinema North and IMAX, Wealthy Theatre, Radio La Poderosa 640AM e Interferencia 810 AM, Rick Rhoane y Leandro Robles.

For more information, contact Zulema Moret, GVSU Latin American Studies coordinator, at (616) 331- 2286, or visit www.grlaff.org.