Latinbeat 2012: Documentary Overview

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual showcase of recent Latin American cinema, Latinbeat, begins this Friday, August 10 and runs through Thursday, August 23. The 13th edition features 19 feature-length films – six of them documentaries, including the closing night film – as well as a special panel on New Mexican Cinema.

The documentaries cover a wide range of subjects – father and son directors Jaime Roos and Yamandu Roos’ closer, 3 MILLION (3 MILLONES) (pictured above), follows the Uruguayan national soccer team to the World Cup to explore the love of soccer; Eduardo Coutinho’s SONGS (AS CANÇOES) features interviews with Cariocas about their favorite Brazilian songs; and Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray’s UNFINISHED SPACES revisits Cuba’s would-be utopian National Art Schools. Three Argentinian docs are also included: Celina Murga’s cinema verité NORMAL SCHOOL (ESCUELA NORMAL) returns to the filmmaker’s public school to observe modern youth; Nicolas Prividera’s FATHERLAND (TIERRA DE LOS PADRES) (pictured) reconstructs Argentina’s history through the words of its now-deceased national heroes, set in the necropolis of a Buenos Aires cemetery; while Mariano Aiello and Kristina Hille’s AWKA LIWEN confronts viewers with an alternative history of the nation through the lens of the 19th century extermination of its indigenous communities.

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