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Virtual: NCLAFF: ‘La Historia Oficial | The Official History’ (1985)

October 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Film Synopsis

Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez is a high school history professor and a well-to-do housewife in Buenos Aires, circa 1983, after the fall of the “junta militar” that had taken over the government since 1976. She has a husband, Roberto, who is a successful lawyer and a five-year-old adopted daughter.

Director: Luis Puenzo
Country: Argentina
Year: 1985
Length: 115 minutes

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NC Latin American Film Festival

The NC Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America’s film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North Carolina for Latin American images, sounds, and stories to reach a wider audience. The Festival was founded in 1986, by Sharon Mújica. Since 2008 the festival has been directed by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo sharing both classics and new releases from different genres of a rich and prolific Latin American cinema tradition. The Festival invites filmmakers from many of the 26 countries of the region, it has shown films in 13 languages, and has become a bridge between universities and cultural centers in the region. In response to the demographic changes in North Carolina, the Festival has screened films on issues such as migration, globalization, and new political landscapes in the Americas.

The 2020 NCLAFF celebrates the festival’s 35th anniversary with an innovative format, a virtual synchronic model. It will start with NCLAFF Conversations: A Mini Web Conference: Latin American and Caribbean Film in the Era of Neoliberalism (1985-2020) on October 9 and 10, 2020. It will follow with ten days (October 9 to 18), of screenings/streaming. The films were selected from the hundreds of films shown during the past 35 years of the NCLAFF. The NCLAFF is a great way for students to engage with Latin American history, cinema and current topics.

Friday, October 9 | 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Latin American and Caribbean Film in the Era of Neoliberalism (1985-2020) 

3:00 pm. – Opening words. Miguel Rojas Sotelo, director, NC Latin American Film Festival.


3:10 – 4:30 pm. | Globalizing Latin American Cinema 

“Aesthetics of Labor in Latin American Film.” Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, assistant professor Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago.

“Masculinity in Tears. Globalizing LA Film.” Laura Podalsky, department chair Department of Spanish. Ohio State University.

“On Representation, Non-Places, and the Coloniality of Being in Three Films about the Central American Migration.” Manuel Sánchez Cabrera, doctoral candidate, department of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.


4:30 – 5:45 pm | Indigenous, Afro, and Other Cinemas in Latin America

“Emerging Landscapes of Indigenous Festivals.” Amalia Córdova, Latino digital curator. Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.

“Indigeneity in Latin American Film. Challenging the Lens of Power.”  Emil Keme (Emilio del Valle Escalante), associate professor of Spanish, department of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Territories, Trajectories, and Frontiers of the Amazonian Moving Image.” Gustavo Furtado, associate professor, department of Romance Studies, Duke University.


5:45 pm | Keynote Lecture – Latin American Film in the Era of Globalization

Sophia A. McClennen, professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature, Penn State University.


October 9, 2020
7:00 PM
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