Latin American Studies

April 4-7, 2013 - 4th Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

After the great success of last year's Latin American Film Festival, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University held the 4th annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival on April 4-7, at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre. The goal of the festival was to provide the West Michigan community with a unique and enriching opportunity to see with the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films. Fourteen movies from different geographical areas were selected: Chile, México, Guatemala, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Perú and Argentina which focused on a wide range of contemporary subjects. The Consulates of Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil in Chicago and the Mexican Consulate Detroit contributed to the success of the festival by providing films.
Juan Andrés Bello, Venezuelan filmmaker, discussed his documentary La Reina del Pueblo/The Beauty Queen of Town and Gustavo Taretto, Argentine Director, presented his film Sidewalls/Medianeras. The entire festival was open to the public and all events were free.
The total GRLAFF attendees was 900, including students and local community members.