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      Cuban Film "Candelaria" at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

      By Tamara Hansen

      The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicked off at the end of August with many exciting films from across Latin America and Canada. This year, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) was once again a proud community partner of this important annual festival.

      This year VCSC sponsored a Cuba-Colombia co-production, “Candelaria.” A tragi-comedy is featuring legendary stars of Cuban cinema, Alden Knight and Verónica Lynn. The film begins in Havana in 1994, with an elderly couple, Candelaria and Víctor Hugo whose lives are bound by monotony until Candelaria finds a video camera tangled in some sheets at the hotel where she works, which leads to all kinds of unexpected consequences for the pair.

      Colombian director Jhonny Hendrix was in attendance at both screenings, of “Candelaria” on Saturday, Sept 1 at SFU Woodwards and Sunday, Sept 2 at The Cinematheque. Tamara Hansen, Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), welcomed audiences and invited them to get involved in Cuba solidarity work with VCSC, as well as to visit the literature table after the film showing. The film sparked many good questions for the director which led to dynamic discussions at the VCSC table.

      VCSC was also honoured to be invited to participate in the 15th annual Canada-El Salvador Action Network (CELSAN) Festival de Maiz (Corn Festival) on September 2 in Vancouver. The Cuba solidarity table was busy throughout the day, and the festival was once again a great chance to enjoy delicious food and culture from throughout Latin America.

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