Saturday, April 6, 2013
Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-4788 ext. 130
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 films from Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including, "Granito/How to Nail a Dictator," a 2011 documentary film from Guatemala, directed by Pamela Yates.
This 103-minute film chronicles how the director's 1983 film "When the Mountains Tremble," which exposed Guatemala's genocidal campaign against its own indigenous Mayan people, has become evidence in a war-crimes trial. As the case unfolds against a Guatemalan military official, Yates meets with Rigoberta Menchú, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mayan activist first brought to the world's attention in Yates's original film.
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.