2010 press releases

2010 NC Latin American Film Festival.  Statistics

Total Films:  39 (not counting the short animations, testimonials and short films featured prior each film)

 Locations in North Carolina: Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh


1. Chapel Hill. UNC-Chapel Hill: Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the Fedex Global Education Center

2. Durham. Durham Technical Community College: ERC Auditorium

3. Durham. NC Central University: Alfonso Elder Student Union

4. Durham. Duke University: Griffith Film Theater in the Bryan Center, Richard White Auditorium, John Hope Franklin Center

5. Durham Parks & Recreation: Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium

6. Durham. The Carolina Theatre (Cinema 1)

7. Durham.  El Centro Hispano de Durham

7. Raleigh. NC State University: Campus Cinema (Witherspoon Student Center)

8. Greensboro. UNC-Greensboro: Ryan Building, Room 160

9. Greensboro. Guilford College: Frank Family Science Center

10. Greensboro. North Carolina A&T University: Memorial Student Union, Stallings Ball Room

11. Carrboro.  El Centro Hispano de Carrboro

Countries (16): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, México, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela 

 Invited film makers:  Rodrigo Dorfman, Raul Ferrera Balanquet, Javier Pabon, Charles Thompson, Habid Yazdi, Leanne Tory-Murphy, and Jeff Zimbalist


PRESS RELEASE No.3                                                        November 9, 2010


REF. Visit and presentations by: Steven Donziger, environmental justice attorney, lead counsel for 30,000 Ecuadorians against Texaco-Chevron. November 14 and 15, 2010.

Screening of CRUDE: The real price of oil. Related Events!


Contact information:

Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University

Attn: Antonio Arce. Assistant Director CLACS / Miguel Rojas-Sotelo NC LAFF

Phone: 919-681-3981 / 919-681-7966 fax

Email: ama2@duke.edu, mlr34@duke.edu

Address:  136 John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road

Durham, NC 27708


Steven Donziger is an attorney who has worked for many years as part of the legal team in the landmark environmental case, Aguinda v. Chevron-Texaco. The case, which is now in its seventeenth year and encompasses litigations in three countries, seeks clean-up for what many experts consider to be the worst oil-related disaster on the planet, impacting over 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorian peoples.  The case has raised profound questions about indigenous rights, environmental law, investor rights, foreign policy, public health policy, and the ability of legal processes to provide redress to victims of ecological disasters.

Steven Donziger and Joe Berlinger shooting CRUDE

Mr. Donziger is also a leading national expert on crime policy and youth violence. He worked as a freelance journalist for United Press International, filing more than 150 stories from Central America over the course of four years in the 1980s before receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. Mr. Donziger is the former director of the National Criminal Justice Commission, a private organization composed of 34 national and international leaders in the field of criminal justice, which in 1996 released the first comprehensive study of American crime policy since the 1968 Kerner Commission. He has also served as a trial attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, where he represented juveniles and adults in criminal court.

Special events:

Sunday, November 14 | Fedex Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill.  

301 Pittsboro St (corner of McCauley and Pittsboro--parking in garage free)

Room 1005.  6pm to 7pm

Litigating Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America
By Steven Donziger

Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 7pm to 9pm 

Crude: The real price of oil.  Joe Berlinger. (Ecuador/USA, 2009) 90 min

With introduction by Steven Donziger.

This film is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land. The plaintiffs allege that the pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of the Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health ailments. They further allege that the oil operations in the region contributed to the destruction of indigenous peoples and irrevocably impacted their traditional way of life. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Q&A following the film / Reception to follow.


Monday, November 15 | Duke University Law School

210 Science Drive, Duke University. Durham, NC

Room 4055.  12:15pm to 1:15pm

The Clash of Indigenous Rights, the Environment, and Corporate Investor Rights: The Landmark Aguinda Legal Case in Ecuador

Steven Donziger

Organized and sponsored by: The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

In collaboration with: The Environmental Law Society and The Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA)

Note: If you want an interview with Steven Donziger do not hesitate in contacting us.

For more info: NC Latin American Film Festival



PRESS RELEASE No.2                                                         October 14, 2010


The 2010 NC Latin American Film Festival

November 1 to 20, 2010

Contact information:

Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University

Attn: Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Festival Director

Tel: (919) 681 3883 / (919) 358 0787 mobile.

Email: dukeclacs@gmail.com, mlr34@duke.edu

Address:  143 John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road

Durham, NC 27708

More info. http://latinfilmfestivalnc.com/


2010 is a year of celebration, but also of evaluation. For many nations in the region independence was reached thanks to the sacrifice of many. Today, many nations still do not recognize and/or integrate fully all members of society.

The 2010 NC LAFF will show films, videos, and new media creations around three conceptual groupings.

    1.   Decolonizing film (Indigenous, Afro, and Female expressions throughout the Americas)

   2.   Re-Capitulating Nations (Historical/Contemporary issues)

   3. New Challenges / imperial nostalgia / new imperialisms (Latinos migration, global trafficking, environmental degradation, civil and human rights)

Around these topics the NC LAFF has invited films, scholars, film makers, activists and artists that would intend to show a complex yet hopeful image of the region in its 200 years of entering the modern project of becoming free and independent.

This year the festival features 39 films, including feature-length films, short films, documentary films, animations, and video art from 16 countries of the region (see press release No.1). The NC LAFF also features short fiction, short testimonial, and animation films: parodies and satires, sci-fi, and urban creations which are to be screened prior to each featured title for the duration of the Festival.

List of films in the program:
(not counting the short films and animations)

·          Brother Towns/ Pueblos Hermanos. Charlie Thompson and M. Davey.     (USA/Guatemala, 2010) 60 min.

·          ¿Que pasa despues de la coca? / Coca Lives. Roberto Lanza, Juan C. Gomez Millo. (Bolivia, 2006) 88 min.

·          Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy. Tet Ansanm Productions. Haiti, 2009.60 min.

·          Terras/ Lands. Maya Da-rin. (Brazil, 2009) 75 min.

·          South of the Border. Oliver Stone. (Venezuela/USA, 2009) 102 min.

·          El Silencio Imperial: Una opera Xican@/ Imperial Silence:  A Chicana Opera,  Act I and Act II  (2008). John Jota Leaños + Colectivo Burning Wagon (Chicano/USA) 21 min.

·          Lix cua rahro/Tus tortillas mi amor/Your tortillas my love (2004). Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala) 12:30.

·          Inventario de Sombra/Inventory of Shadows (2007). Joeser Alvarez (Brazil) 12:56 min.

·          Roaming (2005). Nayda Collazo (Puerto Rico/USA) 5:18 min.

·          Aguasmalas/ Bad Waters (2006). Patricia Villalobos (Nicaragua/USA) 6:20 min.

·          Much’tal Jedz (2009). Colectivo TURIX (Mexico), 35 min.

·          Pasaje de las Bonitas @roma (2010). Elias Falla & Ilse Morfin (Mexico/Yucatan) 5:46 min.

·          La Huaychiva de Yaxcopoil/The Tale of Yaxcopoil (2008). Jose Luis Rodriguez (Yucatan/Mexico) 6 min.

·          Poporo (2006). Luis Cantillo (Colombia) 4 min.

·          Candide (2005). Patricia Montoya (Colombia/USA) 13 min.

·          Sabana de la Mar/Sea Shore (2003). Scherezade Garcia (Dominican Republic/USA) 4 min.

·          Do Outro Lado Do Rio/From the other side of the river (2004). Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil) 80 min.

·          Ladron que roba a ladron/ Thieves robbing thieves. Joe Menendez. (USA/Latino, 2008) 98 min.

·          Nubes Soleadas at the Crossroads. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1996) 28 min.

·          Merida Poscrita. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet and Enrique Novelo Cascante, (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1990) 7 min.

·          Olufina Abuela Balanquet. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1995). Video Art, 4 min.

·          Generation Exile. Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 71 min.

·          Gringo Next Door. Habib Yazdi & Javier Pabon. (USA/Latino, 2009) 15 min.

·          Los Sueños de Roberto/Roberto’s Dreams. Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 90 min.

·          Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe. Sebastián Bednarik. (Uruguay, 2008). 60min.

·          ¿Quien mato a la llamita Blanca?/Who Killed the White Llama? Rodrigo Bellot. (Bolivia, 2007) 112 min.

·          Pascua Lama. A contemporary quest for El Dorado. Carolina García, Gloria García. (Chile, 2007) 64 min.

·          Chigualeros. Alex Schlenker. (Ecuador, 2009) 80 min.

·          Arista Son. Libia Stella Gomez. (Colombia, 2008) 15 min.

·          Arrancame la vida/Tear this Heart Out. Roberto Sneider. (Mexico, 2008) 107 min.

·          Crude: The real price of oil. Joe Berlinger. (Ecuador/USA, 2009) 90 min.

·          The Two Escobars. Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. (Colombia/USA, 2010 ) 102 min.

·          El General/The General. Natalia Almada. (Mexico, 2009) 60 min.

·          Harvest of Shame. Edward R. Murrow. (USA, 1960) 55 min.

·          HARVEST OF DIGNITY. Farmworker Advocacy Network and Minnow Media (USA/Latino) 27 min.

·          Los Que se Quedan/Those Who Remain. Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman. (Mexico, 2009) 91 min.

·          El Secreto de Sus Ojos/ The Secret in Their Eyes. Juan Jose Campanella. (Argentina, 2009) 129 min.

·          Los Herederos/The Inheritors. Eugenio Polgovsky. (Mexico, 2009) 90 min.

·          Tocar y Luchar/ To Play and To Fight.  Alberto Arvelo. (Venezuela, 2006) 70 min.

All Festival activities are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Please circulate this information as widely as possible to other interested people and institutions.  Check the listings in the Festival Web Site, save the dates and be ready to experience a visual and cultural immersion in the stories of the Americas.


For more info: http://latinfilmfestivalnc.com/



PRESS RELEASE No.1                                                         October 1st, 2010


REF. Save the dates, November 1 to 20, 2010

The 2010 NC Latin American Film Festival is coming!

From November 1 to 20, Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Greensboro will enjoy feature length movies, documentaries, animation, short movies, and video art from the Americas. This year the festival presents films from sixteen countries and will enjoy the presence of six film makers who will introduce their films and talk about their experiences of working in the region.


As in previous years, the Festival will take place in several venues. In Durham: at Duke University’s Griffith Film Theater, John Hope Franklin Center, and Richard White Auditorium; at Holton Career and Resource Center (Durham Parks and Recreation); at Durham Technical Community College’s ERC Auditorium; at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Alfonso Elder Student Union; at El Centro Hispano de Durham; and at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Cinema 1. In Chapel Hill: at the University of North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. In Carrboro at the Centro Hispano de Carrboro; In Raleigh: at North Carolina State University’s Campus Cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. In Greensboro: at Guilford College’s Bryan Auditorium, at the University of North Carolina’s Bryan Building, Room 160, and at North Carolina A&T University’s Memorial Student Union. 


This year the festival features 39 films including feature length films, short films, documentary films, animations, and video art. Some highlights are:

  • “South of the Border” by Oliver Stone (USA/Venezuela, 2009)
  • “The Two Escobars” by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (USA/Colombia, 2010)
  • “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” by Juan Jose Campanella (Argentina, 2009)
  • “Chigualeros” by Alex Schlenker (Ecuador, 2009)
  • “Crude: the real price of oil” by Joe Berlinger (USA/Ecuador, 2009)
  • “Terras” by Maya Da-rin (Brazil, 2009)
  • “Coca Lives” by Roberto Lanza & Juan C. Millo (Bolivia, 2007)


The Festival will also release several local film productions addressing a diversity of issues. In November 1st at the Carolina Theatre, “Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos” by Charlie Thompson and Michael Davey (USA/Guatemala, 2010), it is a film that follows two different towns connected through immigration, family and work (Jacaltenango is a highland Maya town in Guatemala and Jupiter is a coastal resort town in Florida). Film maker Rodrigo Dorfman will present two of his recent films, “Generation Exile” (2009) in November 8th at Duke Griffith Film Theater, selected for the 2010 Full Frame Documentary Festival, and “El Sueño de Roberto/ Roberto’s Dream,” (2010), in November 9th at the ERC Auditorium in Durham Technical Community College.  The first explores Dorfman’s own experience with exile while telling the stories of four other people under the same circumstances.  The second film produced for/with the Latino Community Credit Union in Durham, tells the story of what happens after Roberto loses his job and decides to embark on the long and perilous journey of owning his own business -- the first Latino “green” cleaning business in North Carolina.  In “Gringo Next Door” by Habib Yazdi and Javier Pabón (Durham, 2009), also in November 9th in Durham Technical Community College, when Jack fears that his chickens are missing he turns on the only people he thinks to blame – the Hispanic neighbors; the solution is to hire immigrant laborers to build a wall between the two homes. The “Harvest of Shame, Harvest of Dignity” documentary project, in November 16th at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in UNC-CH, features the work of several young film makers during the spring and summer of 2010 with Latino farmworkers in North Carolina (sponsored by the local NGO Student Action with Farmworkers -SAF), we also will screen a fully renovated copy of the original “Harvest of Shame” documentary by Edward R. Morrow (1960) celebrating its 50th anniversary.


All Festival activities are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Please circulate this information as widely as possible to other interested people and institutions.  Check the listings in the Festival Web Site, save the dates and be ready to experience a visual and cultural immersion in the stories of the Americas.

Organized and sponsored by: The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

In collaboration with: Durham Technical Community College, Guilford College, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), North Carolina State University (NCSU), NC A&T, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In Partnership with: City of Durham Parks and Recreation, El Centro Hispano de Durham and Carrboro, and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Note: If you need more information (pics of films, copy of the reel, programs) do not hesitate in contacting us.