07 Aug Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents Cine Sin Fronteras
Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. August 2017. Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) will present the films “Refugio” (Refuge) & “La selva negra” (The Modern Jungle) on Friday 08 September 2017.
Refugio (Refuge) is a short film that tells the stories of Amalia and Roberto, two Guatemalan refugees who fled on foot to the Mexican state of Campeche on the Yucatan peninsula. Like many other Guatemalan refugees (36,000 of them) Amalia and Roberto fled Guatemala’s three decade long civil war where atrocities and civilian massacres were perpetrated by both the army and the guerrilla fighters. Narrated in the first person, the co-director of this documentary introduces us into the universe of these refugees who, despite their trauma, have reconstructed their lives, identities, and created a new community in Mexico. Co-directed by Eloi Chavez and Mayra Caal Gaspar.
La selva negra (The Modern Jungle) is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, Don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. This film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film. Co-directed by Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak
About LACLA: Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles ( LACLA) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through film by screening classic and contemporary films from Latin America and by USA Latinas and Latinos. LACLA also supports the film and media efforts of Los Angeles inner-city middle and high school students with its annual student film festival.