Mark your calendar for the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) coming up April 5-7, 2019! Winner of the 2018 Grandy for Outstanding Art Event (Judge’s Choice), GRLAFF is returning for its ninth season this year with a new slogan: “Cinema Without Borders.”
During the first weekend in April, the Festival will flood the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Latin America. In the Peter Wege Auditorium, over the course of three days the Festival will showcase eight feature-length films that the organizers have selected from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic, plus Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), a 2018 Oscar-winning film from Chile. Several of the feature films this year will also be followed by panel discussions with local experts on themes brought to light in the films. GRLAFF 2019 will also revive a tradition started in prior seasons by showing a selection of award-winning short films from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela on Saturday at noon in the main auditorium. Click here for more information about all the films.
You definitely don’t want to miss the chance to interact with Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, a director from the Dominican Republic, after the showing of his film Cocote on Friday evening.On Saturday evening, audience members will be able to meet Daresha Kyi, the co-director of Chavela.
In response to popular demand, the Festival has expanded its family-friendly offerings to both Saturday and Sunday. The Festival will present an animated film from Colombia, El libro de Lila (Lila’s Book), on Saturday morning in the main auditorium, and host a series of live puppet shows both afternoons in the Koning Micro-Cinema.
As always, the Festival is free for everyone in the community. This is made possible by the generous support of GRLAFF partners and sponsors, as well as donations from the public. You can make a suggested $5.00 donation in person at the Festival or here.
Be sure to look over the schedule to plan your visit and follow the Festival on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates, using the handle @GRLAFF and the hashtag #GRLAFF2019.