US Embassy presents independent film festival

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua will be presenting a selection of 12 films made by independent U.S. filmmakers during its first independent film festival in Managua, Sept. 26-Oct. 3.

Additional screenings will be held in Masaya and Matagalpa.

The films offer a non-Hollywood view of life and issues in the United States, the embassy says.

“The films will offer an alternative perspective of the United States, focusing on issues such as popular culture, the human experience, physical and emotional disabilities, and social issues that affect lives in the United States and Central America,” according to an embassy release.

Independent film directors Harrod Blank (Automorphosis, 2010), son of internationally recognized cinematographer Les Blank, Panamanian director Anayansi Prado (Paraiso for Sale, 2011), and Nicaraguan-American director Xavier Vanegas (Abby and the Lights in the Sky, 2011), will participate in the film festival.

The films will be screened each night at Cinemas de Galerías Santo Domingo at 6:25 p.m. All screenings are free. The visiting filmmakers will also be presenting their words for free on Friday Sept. 28 at Centro Cultural Guanuca in Matagalpa and Saturday Sept. 29 at the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica (INCH) in Masaya.

On the night of Oct. 3, the Nicaraguan film “Dreaming Nicaragua” (2009)—a film following the lives of four Nicaraguan children and their hopes for the future—will debut in the festival.

The U.S. Embassy and the Spanish-Nicaraguan Cultural Center along with the three visiting directors will also offer conferences on independent film for aspiring Nicaraguan filmmakers. The conferences will be held on Sept. 25, 27 and Oct. 1, 2 from 4- 6 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The conferences are free to the public.

Film Schedule (all films screened at 6:25 p.m.)
Sept. 26: Praíso for Sale (2011)
Sept. 27: All She Can (2011)
Sept. 28: Poster Girl (2011)
Sept. 29: Sleep Dealer (2008)
Sept. 30 Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011)
Oct. 1: Abby and the Lights in the Sky (2011) and Automorphosis (2011)
Oct. 2: Clara como el Agua (2010) and Made in L.A. (2007)
Oct. 3: Kiwi (Animation) (2011) and La Botella (Animation) (2011) and Dreaming Nicaragua (2009)

  • Ken

    This is actually kind of nice. Assuming the embassy didn’t use a rigid ideological grid in selecting the films, this kind of cultural exchange makes me proud of my country of birth.

  • Ben

    I’m a little unclear about the Masaya venue. What will be shown at INCH on September 29?