Children's Film Festival In Hartford To Focus On Latinos


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Brian Woodman Jr.

A  two-day film festival for children in Hartford will feature shorts ranging from the whimsical to the tragic, but much of the work will include a distinctly Latin flavor.
Nora Calderon, a spokesperson for the  Greater Hartford Children’s Latino Film Festival, which is produced by the Association of Peruvian American Professionals,  said this is the event’s fifth year.  “The idea was born from the need to bring the arts/culture to underserved communities with emphasis on Latino youth,” said Calderon. “Our aim is to introduce children to art cinema that can empower them to reach their fullest potential, while simultaneously celebrating multi-cultural diversity within the Greater Hartford community. All the films have English subtitles, so all children are welcome!”
This year’s theme is universal human rights and it is being held at Cinestudio, located on the Trinity College campus and the Hartford Public Library.  Calderon said children from public schools as far away as Norwich come to the event on field trips.
The films range from light-hearted animation to live-action films with a political emphasis. The events will start at 10 a.m. on both days.
On Friday, Oct. 24, the organization will present its “Tiny Tots” series for children from age three to seven at Hartford Public Library Central Branch. The series will include seven animated films, two of which are Uruguayan/Swedish co-productions; “Is Your Mama a Llama,” which is about a lost baby llama; “Drop by Drop,” which stresses the importance of water to survival; “Hen Hop,” which features a hen transforming into an egg; “A Slight Mistake,” which features a child solving a crisis in an imaginary forest; “La Cucaracha Martina,” which stars a cockroach and is based on a Caribbean folktale; “Mind Me Good Now,” which features two children learning the value of obedience; and “The Chinese Violin,” in which a young girl reflects on her past and future while playing the titular instrument.
Saturday, Oct. 25, Cinestudio will host the organization’s “Human Rights” and “Young Globetrotters and Latino” series for youths from age eight through 13. Cinestudio, a theater which shows foreign films and second-runs of main stream movies among other items, is located at Trinity College in Hartford.
The Saturday event will include 12 films. Six of the films will focus on human rights and children, while the others on Latino themes.
The first of the Latino films, “Condor,” is a Chilean film set in 1530 that chronicles the adventures of an Incan. “Meninos” is a Brazilian/Argentinian co-production about bullying and friendship. Other countries contributing films include Bolivia (“Esperanza”), Brazil (“Pequeno”), Venezuela (“Nawuin”), and Colombia (“Rapping at Fear”).
The human rights portion of the festival will include; “Children’s and Young People’s Rights,” which is an informational piece from West Germany; “Amar,” which is a documentary from India about a young aspiring cricket player trying to support his family; “A Tropical Sunday,” which was produced by filmmakers from Italy and Mozambique; “I Am Pema,” which is about a seven-year-old girl whose family flees Tibet; “Trade,” which features a young Indian girl who realizes she is the victim of human trafficking; and “Tired,” which features a Cree boy facing foster care.
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