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Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival presents "La Reina del Pueblo/The Beauty Queen of Town "

Saturday, April 6, 2013
5:30 PM

Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-4788 ext. 130

Humanities, Photography, Film & Video

Some of the most acclaimed Latin American films will have free screenings in West Michigan during the 4th annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival, April 4-7, at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre. Featured guests will include Venezuelan filmmaker Juan Andrés Bello and Argentine director Gustavo Taretto on Saturday April 6. See individual listings for each date.

The festival will include screenings of films from Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including "La Reina del Pueblo/The Beauty Queen of Town," a documentary film from Venezuela, directed by Juan Andrés Bello.

This 60-minute film focuses on the period in 1944, when the country was going through a transition to democracy. The newly formed political organizations understood this was an opportunity to test if the citizens were ready to choose who was going to govern. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Bello will be a featured guest during a free casual dinner and social time following the film screening. Also present will be Argentine director Gustavo Taretto, whose film, "Medianeras/Sidewalls," will be screened at 8 p.m.

All festival events are free and open to the public with support from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University, Mexican Consulate in Detroit, Argentine Consulate in Chicago, Consulate of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela in Chicago, Consulate of Brazil in Chicago, MOSTRA, Chiaroscuro Film Series, Celebration! Cinema North and IMAX, Wealthy Theatre, Radio La Poderosa 640AM e Interferencia 810 AM, Rick Rhoane y Leandro Robles.

For more information, contact Zulema Moret, GVSU Latin American Studies coordinator, at (616) 331- 2286, or visit www.grlaff.org.