Cine Liberación: a day of Latin American documentary, discussion and music in London this weekend

By 06 November, 2014

If you’re in London this weekend, we strongly recommend you check out our good friends Alborada Films and Movimientos‘ event Cine Liberación at Rich Mix on Sunday 9th November. Billed as ‘a day of documentary, discussion and live music centred around the themes of Exile, Solidarity and Culture’, the full-day event features several film screenings and seminars, with the evening hosting the excellent Andean-Afro-Rumba vibes of multinational London-based outfit Lokandes Quartet. Just the tonic to gear up for another week of work.

Getting things underway with the first session (midday-2.30pm), with two films on the subject of Exile. The first is Alborada director Pablo Naverrete and Teilo Vellacott’s short film Justicia y Paz (Justice and Peace) which focuses on a displaced community in Chocó, Colombia. That’s followed by Hora Chilena (Chilean Time), a joint-directorial effort from Camila Iturra, Lautaro Vargas and Kip Loades, which tells the story of a group of Chileans who found themselves in Cambridge after being forced to flee the Pincohet dictatorship.

Session 2 (3-5pm)looks at Solidarity, and opens with Nae Pasarán, Felipe Bustos Sierra’s story of the Scottish factory workers who defied Pinochet (read our interview with Felipe here). There will then be a presentation from Dr Victor Figueroa-Clark of London School of Economics and author of Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat and a discussion on Chilean internationalism and Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution. A double-bill from director Roberto Chile is up next, first with Let There Be Light, which follows Cuban doctors as they restore the eyesight of people from all over the region, and then On The Slopes of The Himalayas, as Cuban medical volunteers head to Pakistan to support the relief operation following the 2005 earthquake.

The third session (5.30-7.30pm) addresses Culture. First up is Sonum Sonaria’s Goppi The Cuban Indian, an Indian food tour of Havana. The great Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa is profiled in Rodrigo H. Vila’s Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America, which charts her illustrious career and continued social and political relevance around the world.

Then, from 8-11pm, Lokandes Quartet and others will be taking over. It promises to be an intriguing day of cinema and discussion, as well as an opportunity to learn more about many of the important themes that affect Latin America today. Tickets are available through the Eventbrite or Rich Mix websites and cost £12 on the door (£10 in advance/concessions) for a day ticket, or £5 (£4 advance/concessions) per session, with two-session tickets available for £7 (£6 advance/concessions). 

Alborada Films & Movimientos present Cine Liberación: A day of documentary, discussion and live music about Latin America centred around the themes of Exile, Solidarity and Culture

Sunday 9th November from midday

Rich Mix (Main Hall), 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA



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