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Latino film festival partners with Northeastern and opens in Boston Thursday

Posted by Brock Parker  October 19, 2012 11:37 AM

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After a decade of opening in Cambridge, the Boston Latino International Film Festival will kick off in Boston for the first time this year.

The festival founded by Cambridge resident Jose Barriga in 2002 is partnering this year with Northeastern University to open the festival in Boston on Oct. 25.

More than half of the 60 films that will be featured in the four-day festival will still be screened in Cambridge, and the festival will close at Harvard University’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Cambridge on Sunday, Oct. 28.

But Barrigo said he wanted to try opening the festival in the city for which it’s named.

“We have this opportunity this year of working with Northeastern so why not try something different,” he said.

The opening program will be held at Northeastern University’s John O’Bryant African-American Institute on Thursday, Oct. 25, with showings of the short film “Luminaris” by director Juan Pablo Zaramella and a narrative film “Long Distance” by Cuban director Esteban Insausti.

“The Northeastern community is proud to host this important festival and proud to showcase the beauty, depth, and creativity of Latino/a and Latin American cinema, diversity and culture,” said Northeastern Professor Alan West-Duran, in a press release announcing the festival’s lineup.

West-Duran is the director of the Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern University and is in charge of bringing this year’s film festival to the university.

The festival will close at Harvard on Sunday, Oct. 28, with showings of the short film “Esperanza” by Michael Martinez, and “Anyone Out There,” a narrative feature by Tiaraju Aronovich that was named the Curator’s 2012 Choice for the festival.

Barriga said about a third of the films in this year’s festival have been created by members of the Latino community in the United States, but the screenings will include films from more than a dozen other countries including Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Mexico.

The festival was founded to help break stereotypes and build communities, and Barriga said the festival typically draws about two-thirds of its audience from outside the Latino community.

Ticket prices will be $10 per program at both the Northeastern and Harvard locations. More information and show times can be found at http://www.bliff.org/.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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