Attendees of the festival will also have the opportunity to discuss several films with the directors, including Johnny Hendrix Hinestroza, who directed the Cuban/Colombian film Candelaria (Oct. 9) and the Colombian film Choco (Oct. 17), and Carlos Smith Rovira, director of Hierro Animation, whose animated short, Mi Abuela will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
Director of the animated short Guillermina, Aida Esther Bueno-Sarduy will give a public talk, “Afro-reconstructions in the Caribbean: Visual archives and embodied memories” for the John Hope Franklin Center series, Wednesdays at the Center, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
“Exploring Afro-Latino Identity Through the Arts” will be the theme of a K-12 teacher workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, where Rojas-Sotelo, visual artist Tina Louise Vasquez, and dancer Melissa Villodas will discuss what it means to be Afro-Latin American and other issues of representation.
The festival also brings award-winning films, including Bacurau – starring Sonia Braga – winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, and Stateless (Apátrida), about Haitians in the Dominican Republic who have had their DR citizenship stripped away, winner of the special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.
NCLAFF partners again with two theaters, Chelsea Theatre in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Oct. 11), and the Carolina Theatre of Durham (Oct. 18). Films will be screened in person and proof of vaccination is required. The evening at the Carolina Theatre will feature the film Ruben Blades is Not My Name and also a salute to the “Heroes of the Pandemic,” which focuses on the work of Latin-19, a group of Latina doctors and activists who, despite the absence of state or federal support, took their community’s health into their own hands.