Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival
- Dates: April 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019
- Next Occurrence Apr 5, 2019
- Recurring daily
- Times: See website for details.
Host: Grand Valley State University
Venue: Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
- Category: Film/Movies
- Price Per Person: See website for details.
Mark your calendar for the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) coming up April 5-7, 2019! Winner of the 2018 Grandy for Outstanding Art Event (Judge’s Choice), GRLAFF is returning for its ninth season this year with a new slogan: “Cinema Without Borders.”
During the first weekend in April, the Festival will flood the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Latin America. In the Peter Wege Auditorium, over the course of three days the Festival will showcase eight feature-length films that the organizers have selected from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic, plus “Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman),” a 2018 Oscar-winning film from Chile. Several of the other feature films this year will also be followed by panel discussions with local experts on themes brought to light in the films. GRLAFF 2019 will also revive a tradition started in prior seasons by showing a selection of award-winning short films from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela on Saturday at noon in the main auditorium. Each day there will be a chance to try Latin American-style refreshments prepared by local restaurants and to mingle with directors, speakers, and fellow audience members in the lobby.
You definitely don’t want to miss the chance to interact with Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias,a director from the Dominican Republic, after the showing of his film Cocote on Friday evening. Cocote follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener who returns home to attend his father’s funeral, but quickly faces a dilemma when he realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge his father’s murder. On Saturday evening, audience members will be able to meet Daresha Kyi, the co-director of Chavela. The award-winning documentary, a co-production between the United States and Mexico, is a portrait of the beloved Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, whose interpretations of Mexican ranchera songs endeared her to audiences, even as her unconventional life challenged societal norms.
If you’re looking to entertain your little ones while expanding their cultural horizons, look no further than GRLAFF 2019. In response to popular demand, the Festival has expanded its family-friendly offerings to both Saturday and Sunday. The Festival will present an animated film from Colombia, El libro de Lila (Lila’s Book), on Saturday morning in the main auditorium, and host a series of live puppet shows both afternoons in the Koning Micro-Cinema.