Thursday, September 6, 2012

VLAFF Vancouver Latin American Film Festival - Oh! Mexican Movies

VLAFF Vancouver Latin American Film Festival - Mexican Gala "Todos hemos pecado"/"We all have sinned" - Mariachi los Dorados and Direcor Alejandro Ramírez

After watching tonight's Mexican Gala "Todos hemos pecado"/"We all have sinned" at VLAFF Vancouver Latin American Film Festival I remembered this article of Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes that reflects very well Mexican way of thinking about death:

Carlos Fuentes: "A professor of the Faculty of Economy asked me what Mexican novel I would recommend him to read. I answered start with the best, Pedro Páramo.
he replied, but I don't want one of those Latin american novels where you do not know if characters are dead or alive.
I said well, you better do not read it. Read Agatha Christie, where dead people are really dead, but living people are as well.
Well, he said reading detective stories is a way of killing time.
Enjoy, I said, your time well dead"

''Me preguntó un profesor de economía de la Universidad de Cambridge qué novela mexicana le recomendaba. Le dije: Empieza por la mejor, Pedro Páramo.
Me advirtió: Pero que no sea una de esas novelas latinoamericanas en las que no se sabe si los personajes están vivos o muertos.
Le pedí que mejor no la leyera. Que siguiera leyendo a Agatha Christie, donde los muertos están bien muertos, pero los vivos también.
Bueno, me dijo el profesor, leer novelas policiales es una manera de matar el tiempo.
Que te sirvan -le dije- tu tiempo bien muerto." Carlos Fuentes - Nexos - Lectura Derridiana de Juan Rulfo (fragmento)

Soledad performed by Chavela Vargas |Vancouver V L A F F We all have sinned TODOS HEMOS PECADO – Mexican Gala Screening | Wednesday Sep. 5th

La Llorona Traditional Mexican song. Performed by Susana Harp | V L A F F Vancouver Latin American Film Festival  | We all have sinned | Todos hemos pecado – Mexican Gala Screening 

"Cuates de Australia" an extraordinary documentary that shows the harsh condition of living in a small town suffering with extreme drought 

VLAFF Vancouver Latin American Film Festival - Mexican Documentary "Cuates de Australia" - Dir. Everardo González and Christian Sida Valenzuela

Vancouver V L A F F Cuates de Australia Mexican Documentary

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