Gene Siskel Film Center’s Panorama Latinx Showcase Saturday
January 31, 2020 by Screenmag
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s Panorama Latinx programming and outreach initiative is pleased to announce the second edition of their short film showcase this Saturday, February 1st at 8 p.m. This year’s edition introduces the works of Chicago-based filmmakers representing Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Addressing the complexities of our time through different genres and methods of storytelling, the films guide us over the nuances of identity and collectivity in the 21st century. From ecology to social dynamics, the directors present a manifold of practices that point to the relevance of imagination in today’s world. Directors Carol Bedoy, Sol y Chaski, Sofia Alfaro, Gonzalo Escobar Mora, Nat Pyper, Milton Guillén, Gustavo Jardim are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.
THIS YEAR'S FILMS
POR FALTA DE
2019, Sofia Alfaro, USA 11:34 min.
As an indifferent teenage girl (played by Chicago actor Mariana Castro) prepares for her senior prom, the character addresses the audience by her reflections on the poetics of impermanence and quotidian life.
Trailer for POR FALTA DE
2019, solYchaski, Perú-Haiti, 19:50 min.
An experimental film that speaks to the ever-shifting nature of humanity and community. Through poetry, re-purposed archival footage and digital animation, solYchaski challenges our current understanding of what it means to be a human.
2019, Carol Bedoy, USA-MEX 10:43 min
Through family pictures, a voice over tells the story of a family, their conflicts, and the experience of migration.
2019, Gonzalo Escobar Mora, Colombia 22:00 min.
Social Economies uses the tradition of magical realism to present a mind-bending narrative on the tensions and longings that emerge from class dynamics in Colombia, as seen through the eyes of three women of varying social positions.
TRUST FALL INTO THE GAP
2019, Nat Pyper, 1:50 min.
This visual statement reflects on the way language gaps and time are the main components of storytelling—and depicts the sensation of forgetting the mother tongue.
PRESENCE OF THE PAST
2019, Milton Guillén, Nicaragua-Iceland 13:30 min.
Shot in Iceland, this science fiction film about losing and becoming explores the philosophical condition of two lost humans in what appears to be a rejuvenating planet.
THE NIGHT THROUGH
2019, Gustavo Jardim, Brazil 7:15 min.
This short documentary is a collaboration with members of the Guajajara nation, one of the largest indigenous groups in Brazil, on the rehearsal for their annual Honey Celebration, which honors the Guajajara myth of the creation of the night.
THIS YEAR'S JURY
Marcela Fuentes: Associate Professor at Northwestern University and author of Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America Alan Medina: Co-founder of filmfront and Inga. Marina Resende: artist, researcher and critic for Hyperallergic and THE SEEN, among others.