Latin American Film Festival

Emma Castle
29th Aug 2019

The 14th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is back this September (4—11).

Returning to the Dendy Opera Quays and Addison Road Picture House, with a special screening also taking place at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 21 September, the festival will screen a specially curated program of 23 feature films and shorts, showcasing the very best in contemporary Latin American cinema.

The Festival opens with the Australian premiere of The Cotton Wool War. This touching coming of age tale follows 14 year old Dora who, raised in Germany, is sent to Brazil to visit her enigmatic grandmother, realising it’s a relocation not a vacation she desperately starts trying to find a way home. Along the way she discovers the beauty of Brazil and the incredible history of the women in her family.

The Opening Night Fiesta will kick on after the film screening with an epic Brazilian fiesta at the ever-trendy Argyle in The Rocks. Here the high energy sounds of For All Band and the Sydney Choro Club will be pumping in between sets by DJ Willie Sabor. Jam-packed with live dancers, delectable bites, drinks and percussion, this is a night out not to miss!

In Times of Rain wrestles with the crisis of identity of the native Mixtec people of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, economic migration between rural and urban Mexico and the bonds of family, love and culture.

SLAFF's fifth short film competition will present an evening of seven thought-provoking works about migration and climate change. From Mexico to Argentina these animations, documentaries and fiction shorts highlight important issues being faced by different Latin American countries.

For more information or to buy tickets for the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, visit the website >>