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Hispanic cinema online, in-person

Latin American and Spanish Film Week runs September 16-26

The Annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week is back! This year, the 11th edition will offer online and in-person screenings from September 16 to 26.

The hybrid event includes three movies accessible online and available for 48 hours.

On September 16, the Film Week opens with the historical thriller The Weeping Woman (La llorona) by Jayro Bustamante from Guatemala; on Saturday 18, is the family comedy Alelí by Leticia Jorge from Uruguay, and on Monday 20, it’s Threshold (Limiar) by Coraci Ruiz from Brazil, a documentary made by a mother who follows the gender transition of her adolescent son. Payment for these movies is by donation.

Beginning September 22, five in-person shows will take place at Cinecenta, the University of Victoria’s movie theatre ( The general topic is migration in and from Latin America. The films to be shown include Pureza by Renato Barbieri from Brazil, Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) by Fernanda Valadéz from Mexico, Yuli by Icíar Bollain from Cuba and Spain, In a Whisper (A media voz) by Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez from Cuba, and Border South (Frontera Sur) by Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana (Mexico and USA).

Concurrent with the Film Week, on September 25, Journeys and Migrations: a Colloquium on Contemporary Hispanic Cinema will take place on the campus at UVic. It will include academic presentations on Hispanic cinema; the screening of the documentary Where Can We Live in Peace? by Judy Jackson, who will be present at the screening; a talk by director Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana about his film Border South (to be screened on September 26 as part of the Film Week); a talk about the migrant worker experience in BC by Byron Cruz, migrant worker organizer; and a student panel. The colloquium is free and open to the public.

For synopses, trailers and general information about these events, go to

The Hispanic Film Society of Victoria aims to promote the cultural diversity of Latin America and Spain in our community, and to raise awareness of relevant social and political issues through the medium of film.

Film Week and colloquium will follow all university and provincial health protocols.

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