FICG32 Shines Light on Latino Creatives

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This past weekend Executive Director, Ben Lopez attended the Festival Internacional de Guadalajara (FICG), one of the most important film festivals in Latin America. He is pleased to report that many NALIP-supported filmmakers were present at FICG32.

The 32nd annual festival ran from March 10–17 and featured competitions, exhibitions, educational events, screenings, speakers and much more. Here are a few film and content creators we were thrilled to see at FICG32:

  • 'Me Llamaban King Tiger,' directed by Ángel Estrada Soto, had its world premiere at FICG32. It is also nominated for FICG’s Premio Mezcal. The film was pitched at NALIP’s LMM in 2015 and it focuses on Chicano leader Reies López Tijerina, his followers and their attack on the court of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico.

  • In 2016, a film about creating a social movement through technology to fight against unjust government censorship immediately caught NALIP’s attention. It was part of the NALIP official selection and screened during the NALIP's Media Summit back in June 2016. The film, 'Spark' by Juan Martínez Vera, and produced by Diego Najera, is a remarkable story that is still relevant, which may be one of the reasons it is also part of FICG32’s official selection for Iberoamerican Short Films award.

  • 'Chavela,' from directors Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi, screened at FICG32. The film was also pitched at NALIP’s Latino Media Market during the 2016 Media Summit. The film focuses on the life of singer Chavela Vargas who gained recognition through her renditions of traditional rancheras.

  • The 2014 NALIP/HBO Documentary Filmmaker Award went to Alexandre Peralta for his film 'Looking at the Stars,' which was also screened at FICG this year. The documentary, which was also part of the NALIP Latino Media Market in the past, displays the ballerinas at the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind, the only school of its type, located in Brazil.

FICG23 brought together innovative minds from all over Latin America to showcase their work and talent. This festival is more than watching films, it reveals the untapped potential shinning within Latino filmmakers and Ben was more than inspired to be amongst those hidden lights.

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