SIFF 2012 Festival Preview: Latin American & African Film Picks

The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival begins on May 17th, 2012! In the next few days, we will be providing film previews for our top SIFF picks of the year. Times and dates are subject to change, so please visit siff.net before heading to theatres, or see HERE for all film preview coverage, including film selections from other regions of the world.

 


FOUND MEMORIES

Brazil/Argentina/France
Directed by Julia Murat

A youthful photographer decides to open up her eyes and mind to the stories of older individuals in a small Brazilian town, giving new perspectives on life and death.

May 22 @ 9:00pm, Harvard Exit
May 24 @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown

 

LAS ACACIAS

Argentina/Spain
Directed by Pablo Giorgelli

A gruff Argentine truck driver is displeased when the woman he agreed to drive 900 miles to Buenos Aires shows up with a baby, but during the journey they develop a touching, hesitant connection. Winner, Camera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival.

May 28th @ 5:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 19th @ 4:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 26th @ 4:00pm, Harvard Exit


THE LAST CHRISTEROS

Mexico/Netherlands
Directed by Matias Meyer

In early 1930s Jalisco, a state ravaged by violent conflicts for hundreds of years, a small band of men resisted the Mexican army, refused to accept amnesty, and continued to fight valiantly against religious persecution.

May 21st @ 9:15pm, Harvard Exit
May 23rd @ 3:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 30th @ 8:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


LUCKY

South Africa
Directed by Avie Luthra

A South African boy is orphaned and survives thanks to a friendship with an elderly woman.

May 25th @ 4:00pm, AMC Pacific Place
May 29th @ 6:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 10th @ 3:15, Kirkland Performance Center


NOSILATIAJ.BEAUTY

Argentina
Directed by Daniela Seggiaro

“A compelling metaphor for Argentina’s treatment of its indigenous people, this study of the events surrounding a girl’s 15th birthday captures the tiny ways that marginalized communities struggle to maintain their spiritual identities.”

June 3rd @ 8:30pm, Harvard Exit
June 10th @ 11:00am, Harvard Exit
June 9th @ 6:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


OTELO BURNING

South Africa
Directed by Sara Blecher

Three black South Africans embrace surfing as a means of freedom within the societal turbulence of the late 1980s in a beautiful coming-of-age film infused with the archetypes of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO.

May 27th @ 6:00pm, Everett Performing Arts Center
June 8th @ 3:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
June 9th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11


THE SQUAD

Colombia
Directed by Jaime Osorio Márquez

A paranormal thriller involving a group of soldiers who find themselves at an abandoned outpost filled with dead bodies and ritualistic markings.

May 30th @ 9:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 8th @ 11:59pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 10th @ 9:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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