Monthly Archives: September 2012

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to check out four films for Vancouver Weekly at the Latin American Film Festival. The festival was a ton of fun, and is the only film festival in Vancouver that still offers free screenings for some of its films (anything that played at SFU Harbour Centre was free of charge as long as you had a festival membership). Below is a collection of the reviews I wrote.

The first film I saw was Seeds of the Inner City, which was a close look at Vancouver’s own Sole Food program that has residents of the DTES working in urban farms.

I saw another documentary that same week called Civilización about controversial Argentinean artist León Ferrari.

I kicked off the second weekend of VLAFF with a ridiculous Mexican comedy Pastorela about a traditional nativity play that goes horribly wrong when a new preacher decides to change the cast and boot a regular.

Finally, the last film I saw, and my favourite of the four, was Joven y Alocada, a raw film about a sexually active teen living in a Fundamentalist Christian family.

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Summer Wrap Up!

It’s September already and summer has just blown past. As I wave a tearful goodbye I am also taking stock of the dust this blog has begun to gather. I’m planning to remedy this, but before I start with some new content I figured I may as well share some of what I’ve been up to this summer. I’ve written a few reviews for Vancouver Weekly, the first being for Sarah Polley’s latest feature Take this Waltz. Although I really loved Polley’s first film, Away From Her, I really couldn’t get into this one.

I also watched a fantastic documentary about American musician, Sixto Rodriguez, called Searching For Sugar Man. This documentary is crazy powerful, and I heartily recommend it to anyone, particularly musicians and music lovers.

Finally, I watched another enlightening documentary about Chinese artist and social critic Ai Weiwei. The film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, is an intimate look at Ai Weiwei’s history, art, and his current struggles for expression against a government that fights to silence those like him.

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