There is only one negative aspect in relation to Urban Orishas (or “Orixás Urbanos” in Portuguese). It is too short. This ten-minute documentary should be at least one hour long. The way it mixes religion, life in the... Read Article
REVIEW ‘Prayers for the Stolen’: A Haunting Journey of Friendship and Adolescence in the Mexican Mountainside
Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego, 2021) is a Mexican drama directed by Tatiana Huezo, based on a book by Jennifer Clement of the same title. This is the first narrative feature for documentary maker Huezo, and in... Read Article
In a turning point of Bestia, the animated short from Chilean director Hugo Covarrubias that has been nominated for the Oscars Best Animated Short Film Category, the protagonist, a female doll with a porcelain face, rips a frame... Read Article
There is a serious dearth of queer cinema in Mexico, and when it comes to stories about queer women and lesbians, I could count the number of feature-length films on one hand. While the gap is slowly being... Read Article
In T. S. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land, a modern knight crosses a lifeless land in search of the Holy Grail in order to cure his ailing King. If he asks the right questions and overcomes a number... Read Article
Late in Eami, the most recent film from Paraguayan director Paz Encina, the camera rests on the image of a pair of white hands sewing lace into a piece of cloth as a voice whispers off screen: “They... Read Article
The 1960s and ‘70s were a period of revolution, anti-imperialist struggle, and nation-building. Two films which represent and analyse this period in Latin America are Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) and De cierta manera (One Way or Another).
Twenty years ago renowned Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas made his debut with the dazzling Japón, contending with the fundamentals: life, death, love, violence and nature in a poetic psychogeographical journey through Mexico’s landscapes.
Barely six months since its last edition, The UK’s largest and most popular celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture – ¡Viva! Festival – returns to HOME Manchester for its 28th film fiesta, which runs 18 March-7 April. With 14 titles... Read Article
I watched Encanto by chance. I confess that I had not read any reviews about it that had caught my attention, and it certainly wasn’t on my watch list of films up for an Oscar this year. But... Read Article
A colony of German Christians with a charismatic and manipulative leader establishes itself in Chile and becomes instrumental to the dictatorship in the Netflix documentary mini series ‘A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad’.
Cinema Tropical is one of the foremost authorities when it comes to Latin American cinema, and especially the works of emerging film-makers. Their awards, which have been a yearly staple since 2010, are the only international awards dedicated... Read Article