Pamplin Media Group – Celebrate Latin American culture on the big screen

The Portland Latin American Film Festival takes place Sept. 28-Dec. 7 on the Hollywood Theatre, starting with ‘Mighty Victoria.’

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month by Oct. 15 and a great time to study extra in regards to the folks from Latin America.

Film has been an academic instrument for years, and the Portland Latin American Film Festival returns for its sixteenth iteration, Sept. 28-Dec. 7 on the Hollywood Theatre.

There shall be function movies, documentaries and brief movies from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and the United States. The movies will be loved by Spanish, Portuguese and English audio system and different lovers of Latin tradition.

The competition serves as a automobile to showcase Latin American views by movies and rising visibility of native Latin American cinema.

The competition kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, with the 2011 movie “Mighty Victoria (Poderoso Victoria).” Director Raul Ramon and Mexican actor Roberto Sosa shall be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in a question-and-answer session after the screening at Hey Love within the Jupiter Next Hotel, 920 S.E. Burnside St.

The movie has gained viewers alternative awards in movie festivals in Guadalajara, San Diego and Chicago. Sosa has labored alongside the likes of Lindsay Wagner, Jacqueline Bisset, Albert Finney, Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez, Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, Denzel Washington and Mel Gibson.

The story: It’s Mexico, 1937, and the folks of the city La Esperanza obtain information of the closure of the Indian Mine, and nobody may have anticipated the devastating penalties. A couple of days later they obtain an announcement that the final prepare to the capital is departing and with it, the one technique of communication with the surface world. Everyone flees the city apart from a handful of residents who’re guided by a grasp mechanic.

The remainder of the PDXLAFF function movie lineup:

• “Utama,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Bolivia, Uruguay and France. The story: In the arid Bolivian highlands, an aged Quechua couple has been dwelling the identical every day routine for years. When an uncommonly lengthy drought threatens their whole lifestyle, Virginio and Sisa face the dilemma of resisting or being defeated. Things change, nonetheless, with the arrival of their grandson, Clever, who comes to go to with information. The three of them will face, every in their very own method, the surroundings, the need for change, and the that means of life itself, on this function debut by Alejandro Loayza Grisi.

• “Home is Somewhere Else,” 3 p.m. Oct. 23, Mexico, United States. The story: It’s an animated documentary offering a window into the hearts and minds of immigrant youth and their undocumented households. This 2-D “animentary” options three private tales about immigrant youth that spotlight the complexities and challenges they face. Voiced by the precise youngsters and their households, the tales are woven collectively by spoken phrase poet José Eduardo Aguilar, also called Lalo “El Deportee,” the movie’s host and MC whose vibrant “Spanglish” breaks codes, switches requirements and pushes the viewer to decipher his poems.

COURTESY PHOTO: PDXLAFF - "Carajita"• “Carajita,” 3 p.m. Nov. 6, Dominican Republic, Argentina. The story: Sara and her nanny, Yarisa, have a relationship that appears to transcend their class situations. They are the closest factor to a daughter-mother, however an accident will check their intimate loyalty and the harmless phantasm that nothing can separate them.

• “Plaza Catedral,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Panama, Mexico, Colombia. The story: Alicia (Ilse Salas) had an ideal life and misplaced it. Her 6-year-old son died in an accident and her grief is stricken by guilt. One night time Chief, a street-smart 14-year-old who takes care of vehicles, arrives at her door bleeding from a gunshot wound, and begs her to let him inside. How far would you go to assist a stranger?

• “The Moneychanger (Asi Hablo el Cambista),” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany. The story: In the mid-Nineteen Seventies, the regional economic system drew plenty of scoundrels to Uruguay. Its establishments have been bankrupt, there was a navy authorities, the subversives have been behind bars, and, for sure sectors of Brazilia and Argentina with a low status, the Uruguayan monetary market appeared like a great place to make cash disappear. This is when Humberto Brause begins his meteoric rise within the shopping for and promoting of international forex, sponsored by his personal father-in-law, a veteran within the enterprise of capital flight. But, blinded by his extreme ambition, Humberto tramples every little thing and everybody in his path till he is gotten his arms on the household enterprise and accepts a suspicious task: laundering the biggest sum of cash he has ever seen.

Tickets will be bought on-line at or on the Hollywood Theatre, web site of the screenings, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. For extra in regards to the competition, see its Facebook web page.

You rely on us to remain knowledgeable and we rely on you to fund our efforts. Quality native journalism takes money and time. Please assist us to guard the way forward for group journalism.

This article was first revealed in


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here