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Media Release: aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival 2016 Programming Announcement

aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival 2016 Programming Announcement

#aluCine16 aims to join global conversations on the trajectory of Latin Canadian cinema and environmental impact of climate change

TORONTO ON (May 2, 2016) – aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival will celebrate its 16th anniversary with the first-ever retrospective on Latin Canadian cinema, a comprehensive official selection of films in competition, panels, parties, performances and more.

aluCine 2016 starts with Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras: 20 years of Latin Canadian Cinema, a film retrospective divided in three thematic programs. “Since its inception, aluCine has supported independent Latino-Canadian filmmakers by providing a space [the festival] to show their work to a wider audience, so it seems appropriate at this point in the festival’s history to reflect back on how far we’ve come as a creative community,” says Sinara Rozo-Perdomo, Executive Director and co-founder of aluCine. In keeping with the festival’s goal to ignite critical conversations, the three-part retrospective will be accompanied by a panel discussion on June 2.

The presentation of this year’s official selection runs from June 3-5, with a strong focus on current global environmental discussions. Notable films at aluCine 2016 include special feature film La tierra y la sombra by César Acevedo, winner of the Golden Camera at Cannes 2015; Los reyes del pueblo que no existe, a new film by Betzabé García (winner of Best Film for Porcelana at aluCine 2015) that has been making waves at various prestigious festivals such as SXSW, Zurich and Morelia; and a special program titled South: Antarctica Calling, which will pay homage to the contemporary Argentinian and Chilean independent film industry. These films – and more – will make their Canadian premiere at aluCine 2016.

Adding sabor to the mix, Mathew Ramirez Warren’s documentary We Like It Like That traces the origins of Boogaloo to New York City’s Spanish Harlem in the 60s. Featuring cameo appearances by renowned musicians such as Pete Rodriguez and Joe Bataan, this documentary will not only will fill the gaps in your Tropical music history lesson, it will also make you want to run to a club and dance until the sun comes up.

The ever-popular Shorts for Shorties is back again this year with a compilation of imaginative shorts that explore the magical world of dreams using a variety of cutting-edge animation techniques. aluCine 2016 closes with experimental sound performances by the Latino-Canadian collective Green Bunker and erasure and dissensus, a new work by aluCine co-founder Jorge Lozano.

aluCine is organized by Southern Currents / Corrientes del Sur, a Toronto-based, non-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary media art by local artists of Latin American heritage; the presentation of international Latino works in Canada; and the presentation of Canadian works in Latin America and elsewhere. Registered Charitable Number: 89672 5355 RR0001  (Registered under Southern Currents)

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Details: From June 1-2, the festival will be held at the Royal Cinema, moving to the AGO’s Jackman Hall from June 3-5. To view full festival programming, visit: http://alucinefestival.com/

Tickets: Purchase tickets online at: http://alucinefestival.com/tickets/ or purchase in-person at venue box office one hour prior to film screening.

Contact: Alan Abuchaibe – P: 647-205-5432 E: communications@alucinefestival.com

W: www.alucinefestival.com

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