February 2014        


15th Latin American Film Festival

Cuba is the theme of the 15th Irish Latin American Film Festival, which will take place in April in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Birr. Admission to all shows is free.
      Despite a brutal and continuing blockade imposed by the United States, Cuba continues to fulfil its social, environmental and cultural obligations. Its film-makers and its indigenous film production continue to be supported, and examples have been selected for this festival.
      The same cannot be said for most other countries, burdened by a global indebtedness, including Ireland. As a consequence of this odious and permanent debt imposed on the Irish people, the cut-backs include the arts and its film industry. Of course the small grant this festival receives was also cut.
      The 34th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema has proved a rich source this year for a diverse range of short films from Latin America. This programme was acquired by Rosalind and Derek Fanning on a visit to Cuba in 2013. In gratitude, the Havana Shorts and its succeeding programme about Cuba will be screened at the Tin Jug Studio, Birr, Co. Offaly, on Tuesday 29 April.
      The newly appointed Cuban ambassador to Ireland, Dr Hermes Herrera, will introduce the Cuban Focus in Dublin on Wednesday the 9th at 6 p.m. and in Birr on Tuesday the 29th at 6 p.m. We are very lucky to be able to accompany the shorts with two recent Irish films on Cuba.
      These screenings are dedicated to the film-maker Bernie Dwyer, who died last July, an assertive supporter of the sustainable survival of Cuba.


Dublin: 7, 8 and 9 April, Pearse Centre (27 Pearse Street)
Limerick: 14, 15 and 16 April, University of Limerick (Castletroy)
Galway: 23 and 24 April, Huston Film School (NUI, Galway)
Birr: 29 April, Tin Jug Studio

■ Full details: www.lasc.ie.

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