Dit jaar vindt het Movies That Matter Festival van 20 tot 26 maart plaats in Den Haag. Op het programma staan dit jaar de volgende films uit of over Latijns-Amerika:
Narco Cultura (Mexico)
“For Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, there is no music more popular today than narcocorridos. These bloodthirsty and explicit odes to the exploits of narco traffickers and drug lords of Mexico openly glorify violence, narcotics and money. Like gangsta rap in the nineties, “Narco” is a movement threatening to burst into the mainstream.
Featuring powerful footage from the front lines of the drug wars and performances from some of the hottest Narcocorrido artists (including El Komander and Buknas de Culiacan) NARCO CULTURA takes viewers behind the scenes of the most explosive and violent music subculture in America.”
La Jaula de Oro (Guatemala)
Juan, Sara and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the US in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an indian from Chiapas who doesn’t speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.
Pelo Malo (Venezuela)
JUNIOR is nine years old and has “bad hair” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother MARTA. The more JUNIOR tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face to face with a painful decision.
Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War (Cuba)
Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War is a guerilla documentary by Jesse Acevedo about Cuban rap legends Los Aldeanos, and the consequences of censorship for artists and their fans. Premiering at Miami International Film Festival 2013.
DISRUPTION is about millions of women marginalized by poverty in Latin America and the promise of their efforts to make a better life for themselves and their families. In DISRUPTION we follow several of these women and a band of activist economists who – together – seem to have found a new approach to eradicating poverty and inequality. But have they? We follow our protagonists as they team up with governments and global financial institutions to re-shape public policies and initiate innovative programs on a massive scale. As millions of women participate in these programs – in Colombia, Peru and Brazil – we see new energies, ignored in conventional developmental thinking, that propel many of them into active civic and political participation. Can these strategies grow into a significant force for progressive change in Latin America? Could they spread to other countries around the world, catalyzing a global disruption of the status quo? These are the central questions of our film.
Eufrosina’s revolution (Mexico)
A film about Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza, a native of Santa María Quiegolani, a small indigenous community nestled in the Southern Mountain Range in Oaxaca, Mexico. Eufrosina ran for town mayor of her community in 2007, but her victory was taken away just because she was a woman. That leads her on a personal crusade for gender equality in Oaxaca’s indigenous communities, questioning the current system and becoming an icon of social and gender indigenous fight in her State. This film is a portrait of Eufrosina’s personal journey and social awakening, that dramatically changes as she accepts a position at the Oaxacan Chamber of Deputies.
Fatal assistence (Haïti)
Award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, Fatal Assistance offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction. Fatal Assistance leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately.