Latin American Film Festival begins April 5

The 9th annual Latin American Film Festival runs April 5-7 at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids moviegoers will have the chance to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Latin America at the ninth annual Latin American Film Festival, taking place April 5-7 at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Eight full-length feature films from Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, including the 2018 Oscar-winning Chilean film “Una Mujer Fantástica” (A Fantastic Woman), will be shown at the festival.

David Stark, professor of history and coordinator of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies program, said the event contains immense cultural value for the Grand Rapids and West Michigan communities.

“The festival engages the Grand Rapids community through the arts and offers perspectives that reflect Hispanic and Latino/a culture, language and roots in an accessible manner,” Stark said. “It also strives to promote an environment of inclusiveness and accessibility to the arts for a multicultural audience of professionals, students, families and individuals in the greater West Michigan community that they might not otherwise experience.”

Admission to the festival and all films is free. More information, including a schedule of films, can be found at

The event is sponsored by Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Hope College and Grand Valley.

-by student writer Madison Barnes