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AFI Latin American Film Festival

  • AFi Silver Theater 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)

The American Film Institute (AFI) is hosting a Latin American film Festival from September 12th to October 2nd in Silver Spring, Maryland. There will be two Panamanian films shows during this festival:


Sun, Sept 29, 11:30 a.m.; Tue, Oct 1, 5:30 p.m.

In his documentary feature debut, filmmaker Mauro Colombo immerses himself in the Darién Gap, a dense and mysterious jungle that divides Panama and Colombia. At the dangerous border between the two countries, guerrillas, immigrants, indigenous people, farmers, drug traffickers, local police and wild animals cross paths. Colombo approaches the jungle and its array of characters from an anthropological perspective and focuses on finding meaning in this no man's land as a metaphor for the wildness within us. INLAND is an urgent, political film, recording the deforestation of this area, which affects not only the locals living there, but also the whole world. It transports the spectator to the heart of the conflict and allows viewers to experience the intensity of the jungle itself. (Note adapted from Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam.) Winner, Best Documentary, 2019 Panama International Film Festival; Winner, Yellow Robin Award, 2019 Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. DIR/SCR Mauro Colombo; PROD Abner Benaim. Panama, 2019, color, 70 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Closing Night

World Premiere


Wed, Oct 2, 7:15 p.m.

This beautifully integrated, multi-threaded narrative seamlessly interweaves six stories set in radically different locations across Central America, ranging from the tropical forests of Guatemala to the skyscrapers of Panama City. When a solar storm leaves the region without power, myriad dramas unfold over the course of five days during which all conveniences of modernity are stripped away. In Costa Rica, a pastor and his daughter worry for the future of their church, while in El Salvador, a grandmother and grandson make an arduous journey into the city. A husband and wife reconnect in Honduras, as a young couple nurses a mysterious stranger back to health in Guatemala. Meanwhile, in Nicaragua, a young woman prepares for her quinceañera and in Panama, a housekeeper grows exasperated with her demanding employer. This landmark work of collaboration boldly highlights the work of six talented young directors from across Central America and creates a moving, honest snapshot of life across the region. DIR/SCR Mauro Borges, Enrique Pérez Him; DIR Julio López, Enrique Medrano, Sergio Ramírez, Gloria Carrión; PROD Karolina Hernández, Isabella Galvez, Natalia Hernández, Servio Tulio Mateo, Francisco Morales, Ingrid Stalling. Panama/Costa Rica/El Salvador/Honduras/Guatemala/Nicaragua, 2019, color, 87 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Earlier Event: May 4
Around the World Embassy Tour
Later Event: October 10
Noche Iberoamericana