Latin film festival now at U of C

By Sean Sullivan

The Calgary Latin Wave Film Fest, which began in 2010, has moved to the University of Calgary this year, March 20–23, as part of one professor’s goal to further Latin American film studies on campus.

Nayibe Bermudez-Barrios, professor of Latin American film with the department of French, Italian and Spanish, has organized the festival along with Diana Sanchez from the International Toronto Film Festival to help bring Latin American films into the public eye.

Bermudez-Barrios hopes that the festival will grow into a university event that will allow professors from film studies and other faculties to get involved. They want to provide students and the community different perspectives on Latin American films.

She also wants to bring more Latin American film directors to Calgary.

“We don’t have the resources to bring those directors here,” Bermudez-Barrios says, “but I think that if we continue doing this type of festival, that will happen.”

This year, Emiliano Altuna, the director of the film El Alcalde (The Major) is at the U of C for the screening of the film. Altuna is teaching a masterclass on Friday and hosting a seminar on Saturday, March 22.

The festival is part of a worldwide program with film festivals taking place in Argentina, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Italy and Romania.

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