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Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents "Buscando a Larisa/Looking for Larisa"

Sunday, April 7, 2013
3:00 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. 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 "Buscando a Larisa/Looking for Larisa," a 2012 documentary from Mexico, directed by Andrés Pardo, sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit.

The film draws from more than 2,000 feet of Super-8 film home movies shot between 1970 and 1980, purchased at a Mexican flea market 30 years later by director Andrés Pardo. In screening the reels, he finds episodes of the childhood of the charming and expressive Larisa, filmed by her father, and stumbles onto the story of a family that somehow becomes disconnected from its memories. The filmmaker teams up with photographer Santiago Cassarino to create a documentary that searches for answers and ultimately, Larisa. The 79-minute film is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

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