13th Sydney Latin American Film Festival shines light on social justice

13th Sydney Latin American Film Festival shines light on social justice

Image: SLAFF, Ruben Blades is Not My Name

Now in its 13th year, the Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is bringing the best movies from across the region on September 6 to 15, 2018.

Featuring a specially curated program over nine days, Dendy Opera Quays, Addison Road Picture House and PYT Fairfield will be home to some of the best Latin American cinema and culture. A popular event among film-fanatics across Sydney, the event will feature nine feature films, one documentary and a shorts package, along with exciting opening and closing night parties.

A not-for-profit organisation, funds from ticket sales go towards charities and organisations in Latin America, playing a significant role in SLAFF’s mission to shine a light on social justice, as well as highlight the talent from the region.

Sydney Latin American Film Festival - La FamiliaPhoto: SLAFF, La Familia

Since the first festival in 2006, the Community Support Program has raised more than $120,000 for various charities, and this year, funds from ticket sales will be going towards BiblioWorks in Bolivia and CreArte in Chile.

The program will feature a range of films sure to satisfy everyone, including comedies, true-stories, and dark fantasies.

“This year’s program is a true testament to the talent and range of contemporary Latin American filmmakers. We’re bringing in films from Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico – so there’s a real breadth of films on offer,” said festival programmer, Giselle Gallego.

In what could be considered a sign of the times, many of this year’s films explore the inequalities faced in Latin America and aim to stimulate conversation around the need for social change.

“We’re also extremely happy to be presenting a line-up where the majority of films were made by female directors or producers.”

Sydney Latin American Film Festival - Spider ThievesPhoto: SLAFF, Spider Thieves

Opening the festival is Spider Thieves, followed by the Opening Night Fiesta at Café Del Mar, and closing the festival is documentary-feature Ruben Blades is Not My Name. The first Venezuelan film to feature in the Cannes Critics’ Week Competition, La Familia, will also be a popular pick among festival-goers.

Find the full program by clicking HERE.

Stay up-to-date with SLAFF by following the Facebook page HERE.

Anisha Mistry

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