Rio de Janeiro, August 2016. All eyes are on the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. A few steps away from the Maracanã stadium, but far from the international attention, a hundred families live together in an abandoned building. Despite the economic hardship, gang violence, and militarization of the neighbourhood, the residents cope with their circumstances with ingenuity and resilience. Ignored by the sensationalist reports, their dignified and generous words reveal a universe of concrete and light, where the reality of today fades behind the aspirations for tomorrow.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.