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The best at the Latin American Film Festival

Alba House has organized an exhibition from 28th August to 1st September in which you can see feature films from Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua.


To show the richness of Latin American cinema, Alba House has organized a film cycle at which they will screen outstanding contemporary films from five Latin American countries.

The feature films being screened come from ALBA member states (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) such as Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

The first of these films will be the Bolivian “Los Andes no creen en Dios (2007). Directed by Antonio Eguino, the film recounts the reality of mining at the end of the ’20s through the eyes of the protagonist, Alfonso Claros, a young French writer.

Meanwhile, from Venezuela there will also be screened the film “Postales de Leningrado” (2007), written and directed by Mariana Rondón.

The armed conflict between the FALN guerrilla fighters and the state army during the ’60s is the context through which the feature film introduces us to a young pregnant guerrilla fighter.

For its part, the feature film “La canción de Carla” (1996) directed by Ken Loach has been chosen to represent Nicaragua. The film, a co-production of the UK, Spain and Germany, tells the story of the encounter of George, a Scot who works as a bus driver, with Carla, a Nicaraguan refugee. Both of them live in Glasgow but they will travel to Nicaragua to confront the reality of the war and their feelings.

“A tus espaldas” (2010) will take up the baton. Tito Jara is the director of the Ecuadorian feature film which tells the differences between the opposing sides of the populace of the country’s capital, Quito.

Finally, Cuba will be represented by the film “José Marti: El ojo del canario” (2010) directed by Fernando Pérez, which recounts the childhood and adolescence of the Cuban national hero.

The festival is framed in the events held to mark Alba House, a series of events to celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The films will be shown from 28th August to 1st September in Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London.

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(Translated by Claire Donneky – Email:

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