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Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

Rubén Blades is not my name/Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades is the feature film at the Closing Night of this year’s Sydney Latin American Film Festival. The film, which won the Audience Award at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival, explores the diverse...

Meet the Artist: Corina Behrens

Have you had a look at SLAFF’s new video about the 2018 Community Support Program? More specifically, have you had a listen? The piece is called Maracaibera; it is an example of gaita, a style of folk music from El Zulia, Venezuela. The violinist featured in the piece...

The Rise of Chilean Animation

Over the past few years, the animation industry in Chile has flourished. The Chilean Association of Animation, Animachi, has grown substantially. In 2016, the Association was composed of 17 studios and 10 freelance animators; today, it counts with 25...

Markets at Pachamama Festival 2018

At this year’s Pachamama Festival (June 15-16, 2018), several artisan market stalls will fill Addison Road Community Centre. The stalls, while each offering unique crafts, are bound together by a common thread: they focus on environmental and indigenous...

We Don’t Need a Map

“Everyone’s got a different story about the Southern Cross,” says author Bruce Pascoe in We Don’t Need A Map, the 2017 film by Warwick Thornton. The Southern Cross was popularised in Australian colonial society in 1854, when it became the emblem of the...

Join SLAFF’s Management Committee

Call for Expressions of Interest to join SLAFF’s Management Committee SLAFF is currently calling for Expressions of Interest  to join SLAFF’s Management Committee for a one year term from March 2018. SLAFF’s Management Committee (MC) plays a...

Empowering Female Filmmakers

The Importance of Diversity in Films With a world rich with different cultures and people with experiences from all walks of life, it is important to represent their stories through cinema in ways that embrace the diversity and complexity of these people....

Samir Oliveros’ Bad Lucky Goat – Film Blog

Samir Oliveros Interview Our Closing Night film is a story that pushes sibling rivalry to another level when a brother and sister, from the Colombian Caribbean, accidentally kill a goat with their father’s truck.  Bad Lucky Goat takes place in the lesser...

Robert Porta’s Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema

Robert Porta Interview Along with the Opening Night film, El Techo, comes a comedy short that is told in the most pretentious, most poetic, but above all, most solemn possible way. Roberto Porta’s short film, Pequeño Manifiesto en Contra Del Cine Solemne,...

The Power of Lyrics in Latin America

Latin America is a region known for its vigorous energy and unique rhythms. Music plays a big role in the day-to-day culture as well as during celebratory and ceremonial occasions. But importantly, music has also played a big role as a form of social commentary and as...