The 11th edition of the Gainesville Latino Film Festival presents a selection of films from across Latin America. Highlights include:
Las Analfabetas (The Illiterate)
Ximena, played by the incomparable Paulina García (Gloria) is an illiterate woman in her fifties, who has learned to live on her own to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline, is a young unemployed elementary school teacher, who tries to convince Ximena to take reading classes. Persuading her proves to be an almost impossible task, till one day, Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure since she was a child: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before. Thus, the two women embark on a learning journey where they discover that there are many ways of being illiterate, and that not knowing how to read is just one of them.
Sigo siendo/kachkaniraqmi (I Still Am)
An enthralling musical documentary exploring the diversity of Peruvian folk music from the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andes to the barrios of Lima. Kachkaniraqmi is a Quechua expression that means ‘I continue being, I still am’. A tale divided in three parts – Ayacucho (the Andes), Amazonia (the jungle) and the Coast (Lima, the city) – where they continue to sing in their native language and preserve a unique way of playing their instruments. I Still Am captures the country’s most beautiful and distant locations without turning its back on some of its most pressing social and economic problems.
Gainesville, FL: Sept. 10 - 30. Full details on their website.