Archive for the ‘2016’ Category

Pelo Malo - Bad Hair

Good Hair, Bad Hair / Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo

Dir. Sarah Akrobettoe, UK, 2016, 10 min. colour, English subtitles.

A colonial past, massive cultural diversity and rampant individualism are all reflected in Cuban’s attitudes to their hairstyles, as demonstrated in this lively, light-hearted documentary short.


Underwater / Bajo El Agua

Dir. Sebastian Benalcazar Vega, Ecuador, 2016, 10 min. colour, English subtitles.

Abel, a physiotherapist with issues, goes into emotional meltdown after discovering his girlfriend has cheated on him. Throwing himself into his work, he finds redemption in the form of his patient, Jorge, an acerbic old man who helps him get his life back on track.


Clubman 13.03.13

Dirs. Lucia Castellano & Ines Mongil, Puerto Rico, 2016, 18 min. colour & B/W, English subtitles

Mr. Antonio Navedo arrives bright and early for work at the shop on Ponce de Leon Avenue, Santurce, Puerto Rico. He has arrived bright and early every single day… since 1951. (Yes, you read that right)!

Winner of Best Documentary at the Festival de Cine Latinoamericano de Rosario 2016.


Tierra Caliente

Dir. Alvaro D. Ruiz, Colombia, 2015, 22 min. colour, English subtitles.

The Tierra Caliente (Hot Lands) of Colombia, is the region sought out by city folks in search of summer sun. It is known as a place of freedom and licence, where the people go to experience new things and…  get hot. As the mercury starts to shoot up the thermometer, a weekend in the Tierra Caliente turns into a life changing event for Veronica, Lucia and their boyfriends.


Happy Widow / Viuva Alegre

Dir. Jose Antonio Pereira, Brazil, 2016, 12 min. colour, English subtitles.

Has she found a new husband, already? Or did she never become a widow, after all? Why Sofia is quite so happy?


I Still Bleed Inside / Ainda Sangro Por Dentro

Dir. Carlos Segundo, Brazil, 2016, 24 min. colour, English subtitles.

Sometimes, the pain inside that no one can see, is the worst agony of all.

O Pacote - The Package

The Package / O Pacote

Dir. Rafael Aidar, Brazil, 2012, 18 min. colour, English subtitles.

Starting at a new school, Leandro and Jefferson form an instant attachment and soon realise that theirs is no ordinary friendship; but there is one unavoidable truth Leandro needs to learn about Jeff, if they are going to stay together… something that is all part of the package.


Sonata For A Calendar / Sonata Para Un Calendario

Dir. Carmen Rosa Vargas, Peru, 2016, 19 min. B/W. English subtitles.

Stylish, mordantly funny short, without dialogue, in which a middle age accountant enacts the central purpose of his life, against a backdrop of existential monochrome.

Submarino - Submarine

Submarine / Submarino

Dir. Rafael Aidar, Brazil, 2014, 20 min. colour, English subtitles.

Eighty five year old Olavo has lived alone for two long years, immersed in grief for the loss of his partner. In search of human contact, he ventures into the online world, only to become immersed in a fantasy world, somewhere between the internet’s public and private spaces.

Las imagenes de Helena

Helen’s Images / Las Imagenes De Helena

Dir. Andrea Santamaria, Argentina / UK, 2016, 14 min. colour. English subtitles.

A highly imaginative treatment of feminist themes, involving body images, secret sorrows and thwarted hopes. The story of a forsaken women flows between two historical periods, the 1890s and the 1970s. The film conjures up a picture of the contrasts, and similarities, in the roles afforded to women in these different  eras.

Rumba calling - La rumba me llama

Rumba Calling / La Rumba Me Llama

Dir. Oliver Hill, Cuba / Jamaica, 2015, 48 min. colour. English subtitles.

Joyous, sexy Rumba, is the bedrock of all Cuban music. In this witty, lively short, leading lights of contemporary forms (Son, Timba, Jazz, Hip Hop), pay homage to Rumba for the role it has playing in shaping Cuban identity, and rooting it in an ancient ancestral heritage.



Dir. Fernando Gonzalez Mitjans, UK, 2016, 39 min. colour. English subtitles.

Short documentary with an acute reminder of the human cost of the globalised labour market. We follow exploited Latin American cleaners as they work, before dawn, to prepare London universities for the day ahead.



Dir. Haliam Perez Fernandez, Spain, 2015, 69 min. colour. English subtitles.

Caridad Marina Pérez was born in 1926, one month before Fidel Castro. She is at the beating heart of this deeply personal documentary, which looks at contemporary Cuba through the eyes of an expatriate returning after thirteen years. How much is left of the revolutionary utopia that was held out to her and her extended family, as the reward for so many decades of hardship, toil and deracination? Yet, Marina persists, tackling every new challenge with patience and optimism: the very soul of Cuba.


Umaturka, The Call Of The Water / El Llamado Del Agua

Dir. Giovanna Miralles, Bolivia, 2016, 48 min. colour. English subtitles.

In the Bolivian Andes an isolated, indigenous community trusts more in its traditional cloud-calling ceremony than in any help from the 21st century (perhaps rightly so). Against the stark, lyrical backdrop of the desert, this documentary records what could well be the last enactment of an age-old ritual. I hope it rains for them…



Dir. Catherine Murphy, USA, 2012, 33 min. colour & b/w, English subtitles.

In 1961, more than 250,000 Cubans joined the National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 700,000 of their compatriots to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under 18. More than half were women. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, ‘Maestra’ explores the experiences of nine of the women who, as young girls, helped eradicate illiteracy from Cuba in a single year. Interweaving interviews, archive footage and campaign photos, this lively documentary, features one of the first Cubans of her generation to call herself a feminist and one of the first open and proud members of Cuba’s LGBT community. These pioneers recount their struggle for autonomy and independence in a culture still bound by patriarchal structures. Eight years in the making, ‘Maestra’ celebrates the will and courage that made this monumental endeavour possible, and the pivotal role played by women and the young in building a new society.


Anti-Argentine Campaign / Campana Antiargentina

Dir. Alejandro Parysow, Argentina, 2016, 104 min. colour, English subtitles.
Cast: Juan Gil Navarro, Valeria Correa, Paco Gorriz, Pablo Chao, Carlos Rivkin, Daniel Melingo

Leo J., a vapid, but immensely popular actor and singer, finds his champagne lifestyle interrupted when he inherits an old house. Searching through the dank and dilapidated ruins, he begins to uncover evidence of a sinister ‘Anti-Argentina Campaign’ that has dogged his own family, and the nation, over generations. Through a brilliantly balanced mix of slapstick, character comedy and political satire, the film critiques the notion of, ‘Campana Antiargentina’, which has been regularly resurrected ever since the era of the ‘Dirty War’, often to cover a multitude of sins. Yet, as we watch Leo J’s life descend into fear and obsession, we need to ask ourselves, ‘could it be true?’ As the Old Man of the Mountains put it ‘just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you’. Hilarious, queasy, unmissable.