The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) is pleased to announce its 14th annual festival, which will take place from Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2 at Emerson College’s Paramount Center, Harvard University and Northeastern University. The Festival presents a vibrant selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films that showcase the work of filmmakers who address Latino-related topics.
La Buena Vida (The Good Life)
Documentary, 98 mins, Frauke Knappke, Germany/Colombia, 2015
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.
09/29 @5:45pm - Tsai Auditorium @David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Visit www.bliff.org for more information and a complete schedule of times and venues.
10/01 @4:15 pm – Northeastern University