Latin American Film Festival

Kennesaw State University, in collaboration with the Consulates of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, is proud to host our third annual Latin American Film Festival. This program is designed to highlight groundbreaking films from Latin America and to build awareness among the KSU campus and greater-Atlanta community. The artistry of these films brings to light the important social and cultural topics they address. 

Screenings are free and open to the public. Each film will be accompanied by a brief introduction from the Consul General of the film's host country, as well as a Q&A session following the screening.

The film screenings start at 8 pm. Tuesday night films will be held in the Burus Building, Room 151, and Thursday night screenings will be shown in Prillaman Hall Room 1103 on the Kennesaw Campus. Free Popcorn on Tuesday nights! See the campus map for directions.


2017 Film Festival

  • El ciudadano Ilustre/The Distinguished Citizen (2016)

    Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Time: 8:00 PM

    Location: Burruss Building, Room 151, Kennesaw Campus

    Country: Argentina

    Directors: Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn

    Description: A recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who has been living in Europe for decades, accepts an invitation to receive a prize. In Argentina he finds both similarities and irreconcilable differences with the people of his hometown.


    • La tierra y la sombra/Land and Shade (2015)

      Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

      Time: 8:00 PM

      Location: Burruss Building Room 151, Kennesaw Campus

      Country: Colombia

      Director: César Acevedo

      Description: After having left a long time ago, a humble country sugar cane worker returns home to meet his grandson and deal with the hardships his family has been put into.


      • Mexican Shorts (2014)

        Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

        Time: 8:00 PM

        Location: Prillaman 1103, Kennesaw Campus

        Country: Mexico

        Director: Various

        Description: This is a collection of award-winning shorts from Mexico.

        • Cuchillos en el Cielo/ (2013)

          Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

          Time: 8:00 PM

          Location: Burruss Building, Room 151,

          Kennesaw Campus

          Country: Peru

          Director: Alberto Durant

          Description: After spending ten years in prison accused of terrorism, Milagros is found not guilty and is released. During her detention, she was raped and became pregnant. Noemi, now a ten year old girl, believes her mother has been working abroad all this time. The film begins the day both meet.

          • Linha de Passe (2008)

            Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

            Time: 8:00 PM

            Location: Prillaman 1103, Kennesaw Campus

            Country: Brazil

            Directors: Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas

            Description: A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams.

            • El facilitador/The Facilitator (2013)

              Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

              Time: 8:00 PM

              Location: Burruss Building, Room 151, Kennesaw Campus

              Country: Ecuador

              Director: Víctor Arregui

              Description: While caring for her ailing father, a young Ecuadoran woman becomes involved in a fight for water access in an Andean community.

              2016 Film Festival

              • Dos Aguas / Two Waters (2014)

                Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 1019

                Directed by Patricia Velázquez

                Country: Costa Rica

                The film involves a fledgling soccer player who is encouraged in his ambition by his older brother, himself in debt to thugs, and a Frenchman seeking solace at one of the area's eco-resorts. He also keeps a rather mysterious cache of money beneath his bed. That suitcase, and its owner, disappear (perhaps accidentally, perhaps not) while he is swimming in the ocean. Both events upset the community. This gently-paced film has a subtle, realistic view of human relationships, which, along with lovely shots of the "Tican" rain forest, makes it definitely worth a viewer's while.(IMDB dmill030)

              • Cuatro Puntos Cardinales / Four Cardinal Points (2014)

                Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 3030

                Directed by: Javier Kafie

                Country: El Salvador

                Four Cardinal Points brings together four inspiring stories from North, South, East and West El Salvador. With a soft poetic veil, these stories portray a rich cultural, ecological and social diversity, showing a viewpoint of the country that distances itself from the accounts of violence that prevail in the Central American region.(IMDB)

              • El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

                Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 1019

                Directed by Ciro Guerra

                Country: Colombia

                The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.(IMDB)

              • Cápsulas / Capsules (2012)

                Thursday, October 13 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 1019

                Directed by Verónica Riedel

                Country: Guatemala

                FONSI is an apparently privileged 12 year old boy. As we get to know his dysfunctional family, his world begins to crumble in a matter of hours. Due to a series of unexpected events, each character changes drastically, facing a crude reality. (IMDB)

              • Generación Spielberg / Generation Spielberg (2014)

                Tuesday, October 18 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 3030

                Directed by Gibrán Bazán

                Country: Mexico

                Five intertwined stories. A couple of lovers stays 24 hours under the sheets emulating Yoko Ono and John Lennon. A well to do girl is trapped in an elevator with a messenger and an accountant, with whom she falls in love. A group of writers get drunk with mezcal in a van, recalling their eighties times. A psychoanalyst locks herself in the bathroom to commit suicide and an executive and mother hides in the brooms closet of her office to heal her broken heart with wine. They are related with each other and communicate with their cellphones. (IMDB)

              • Resurrección / Resurrection (2015)

                Thursday, October 20 @ 5-7 PM

                Location SO 1019

                Directed by Gonzalo Calzada

                Country: Argentina

                A young priest travels to Buenos Aires in order to help sick people during the 1871 yellow fever epidemic.

              • La Prueba / The Trial (2006)

                Tuesday, October 25 @ 5-7 PM

                Location: SO 1019

                Directed by Judith Vélez

                Country: Peru

                To save the life of her younger brother, a girl must find her father, whom she has not seen in 13 years. With time running out, Miranda begins searching the place where he was last seen five years ago (Wikipedia)

               2015 Film Festival

              Kennesaw State University in collaboration with the Consulates of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico & Peru was proud to host our 2015 Latin American Film Festival.

              • O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias/The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

                Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:00 pm

                Directed by Cao Hamburger

                Presented by the Consulate General of Brazil

                Young Mauro finds himself living with strangers after his parents had to leave because of government persecution. His coming of age happens in the midst of a diverse and vibrant culture that teaches him a few lessons while he awaits the return of his parents.

              • El aura/The Aura (2005)

                Tuesday, October 4 @ 6:00 pm

                Directed by Fabian Bielinsky

                Presented by the Consulate General of Argentina

                Esteban Espinoza fantasizes about committing the perfect crime, though he is epileptic and may have an episode at any moment. His wishes come true during a hunting trip in Patagonia, but his condition keeps blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy.

              • La piedra ausente/The Absent Stone (2013)

                Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:00 pm

                Directed by Jesse Lerner & Sandra Rozental

                Presented by the Consulate General of Mexico

                In 1964, the largest carved stone of the Americas was removed from a town nearby Mexico City to be taken to the National Museum of Anthropology. Such action sparked much controversy about identify and cultural property between the government and the people of San Miguel Cuatlinchan.

              • Las malas intenciones/The Bad Intentions (2011)

                Thursday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm

                Directed by Rosario García-Montero

                Presented by the Consulate General of Peru

                A period piece that focuses on the life of a young girl living in the Lima of the early 1980s. The film is an exploration of society through the eyes of Cayetana, who is self-absorbed with thoughts of her own death at a time when Peru was going through one of its darkest periods in recent history.