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DOCUMENTARY, ARGENTINA, 2012, DIR. RODRIGO VILA, 90 MIN, SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America chronicles the tumultuous life of the great Argentinean folk singer Mercedes Sosa – in her own words. This stirring documentary is an intimate journey into Sosa’s world as an artist and human being.

The daughter of a sugarcane worker in the northern province of Tucumán, the indelible Sosa grew famous for singing songs that championed the poor. She identified with the political left, like other exponents of Latin America’s ‘nueva canción’ movement, including Víctor Jara and Violeta Parra. Sosa’s socio-political ideologies and the power of her music has made her one of Latin America’s most influential personalities of the 20th century.

Directed by Rodrigo Vila, the film features many unforgettable performances recorded over Sosa’s 60-year singing career and interviews with some of Latin America’s finest singer-songwriters, including Cuba’s Pablo Milanés, Brazil’s Chico Buarque, and former Talking Heads frontman and Latin American music aficionado David Byrne.

We are thrilled to welcome director Rodrigo Vila as a guest of this year’s festival. Join him post-screening for a Q&A.

Screens with: Saint John’s Eve, Chile, Dir. Claudia Huaiquimilla

Sponsored by the NSW Government through the Community Relations Commission.

Rodrigo H. Vila Rodrigo H. Vila graduated from university as Communication Media Producer in 1993. He worked as Director and Producer on different media contents such as publicity spots, television shows, documentaries and fiction series for different Mainstream Broadcasters like E! Entertainment Television, History Channel, Biography Channel, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, Claxson, Canal de Historia Spain, AXN, Sony Television, People & Arts, Univision, EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, Warner Music, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal International Pictures, Disney Channel Latin America On Air, plus more, also as Independent Producer. In 1998 he founded Cinema 7 Films, a Production Company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, been his Managing Director till today. Also he has been EDN member since 2005, and EDN Ambassador in Argentina. Since 2008 is the Director of the International Forum “Doc Meeting Argentina”. Rodrigo Vila filmed original contents for broadcasters all over the world in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, Scotland, Spain, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela,

Winner: 2013 Panama International Film Festival- Best Documentary (Audience Award)