The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the winning films of the LASA2021 Film Festival. The LASA Film Festival is held in conjunction with the LASA Congresses every twelve months.
The Film Festival plans to exhibit audiovisual materials from around the world, linked to the multiple and varied perspectives that Latin America encompasses: its history; its political, social and cultural development; the actuality of its towns; the debates that involve their countries and the region in general.
Best Film Award
Director: Rodrigo Reyes
The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. To commemorate the historical occasion, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a bold, hybrid cinema experience, mixing non-fictional and performative elements with components of a road movie. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, Reyes recreates Hernán Cortez’s epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real victims of Mexico’s failed drug wars, the filmmaker portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a brutal and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, 499 years later.
Best Short Film Award
Directors: Alejandra Vassallo and Juan Bugarín
A traditional recipe signals the beginning of a collective ritual where countless bodies pour into the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. They walk, eat, argue, dance, and scream to the beat of the drums, wearing white makeshift kerchiefs around their necks. “Compañero/a” is a documentary film of the May 2017 rally against the Supreme Court ruling that would have liberated the military who had committed crimes against humanity during the dictatorship. A spontaneous meeting of half a million people claiming for justice and eating “choripán”.
Members of the Awards Committee
The members of the committee for this award are María Eugenia Ulfe, director of the LASA2021 Film Festival, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Susana M. Kaiser, University of San Francisco; Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez, FILMADRID; and Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal, Colegio de Michoacán.
The LASA2021 Film Festival Program will be announced soon.