Worcester’s Latino Film Festival puts the spotlight on Venezuela

Looking for an enlightening cultural experience?  On April 27-28, Centro will host the 22nd Latino Film Festival! Located at 950 Main St. Worcester, the FREE festival will focus its attention on Venezuela, its cultural richness and the current political and social situation. 

The festival will showcase three films created by underrepresented Latina artists, actors and producers. Eduardo Rodriguez, a major figure and reporter from Venezuela, will speak at the festival and participate in a panel discussion.

CENTRO (Centro Las Americas) is a multi-service, non-profit Latino organization. Its purpose is to offer educational opportunities, economic development, social responsibility and raise a strong cultural identity through service, empowerment and advocacy.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, April 27

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Hermano by Marcel Rasquin

In this film, two young men who have been raised as brothers look to their soccer skills as a way of getting out of their slum. While a scout is in town, an act of violence threatens to tear them apart.

Saturday, April 28

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – La Soledad by Jorge Thielen Armand

This film showcases a vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father who is trying to save his family from the demolition of their home.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The Experiment of Venezuela by Iásonas Pipinis

This documentary captures the deep political and economic crisis in Venezuela, 18 years after the electoral victory of Hugo Chavez. It includes testimonials from citizens who formed long queues outside supermarkets and pharmacies, records a political rally for President Nicolas Maduro and it follows the leader of the opposition, Henrique Capriles, in a favela. Lilian Tintori, the wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, among others, talks about the so-called political prisoners in Venezuela.

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