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UEL plays host to Latin American film festival

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UEL is to play guest host to The London Latin American Film Festival (LLAFF) for two days later this month. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the LLAFF will be holding events at a variety of venues across London, including the UEL campus.

This year’s programme includes screenings of films and documentaries from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, the UK and the USA among others. UEL’s Stratford campus will be screening two Argentinian films on 16 and 18 November.

The LLAFF is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the distribution and appreciation of Latin-American films in the UK.  It was started by Eva Tarr and her late husband Tony Kirkhope in 1990.  

“The idea was to broaden the image of Latin American art from just music and dancing,” said Eva.  “We have cinema and photography and other forms of art.”

Since 1990 the festival has grown from strength to strength, becoming one of the biggest festivals of its kind outside the Spanish-speaking world and bringing together the best of contemporary Latin American cinema.

It was UEL Psychology lecturer Maria Castro’s idea to bring the festival to this university.

“It has previously been at UCL and SOAS. With UEL being based in a borough with so much diversity, I thought it only right we should bring it here,” said Maria.

Maria has known Eva for a number of years, having previously collaborated on hosting the opening of an exhibition.  But what is the interest in a film festival to her Psychology students?

Maria explains, “One of my areas of expertise is around narratives – the stories that people tell, and how identity is formed.  Obviously cinema is all about narratives.  It is something that as psychologists we should be interested in.”