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The 11th annual Boston Latino International Film Festival

Opening Film and Reception: 

Thursday, October 25th

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University

Closing Film and Reception:

Sunday, October 28th

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

The 11th Boston Latino International Film Festival at Harvard University and Northeastern University

Boston – Only America’s biggest and greatest cities host Latino film festivals; Boston is one of such cities. This year the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) will host its 11th annual event which will be filled with four intense days of films, receptions and special events in four days on between October 25th– 28th

BLIFF is a yearly event on it’s 11 edition. Every year we receive between 250 – 300 applying films to our festival. This year BLIFF will be hosted between Oct. 25-28 at Northeastern and Harvard University and will screen a selection of 60 films from 15 Latin American countries.

“The Northeastern community is proud to host this important festival and proud to showcase the beauty, depth, and creativity of Latino/a and Latin American cinema, diversity and culture.” said Professor Alan West-Durán, Director of the Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern University. Professor West-Duran is also in charge of bringing BLIFF to Northeastern University,

Films will be screened at two different venues: at the John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University and at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Prices will be  $10 per program at both locations. ALL FILMS IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE WILL BE SUBTITLE IN ENGLISH. Panels, the opening and closing receptions will be free and open.

“Eleven years ago we had an idea to provide the greater Boston community with a high-quality film festival that would capture and highlight the diverse experiences of Latinos in the United States and abroad. Since then, the festival has grown immensely, and support from the community has been phenomenal,” said Jose Barriga, founder and director of the festival.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is committed to breaking stereotypes and building communities by using the medium of film to strengthen inter-cultural understanding and promote work of independent filmmakers. Over 60 films from over 14 countries will be featured, including the United States, Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Mexico, among others. All of these films will be premiering in Boston.

BLIFF 2009 is sponsored in part by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University, Vista Higher Learning, El Planeta, MasTV, TuBoston.com, Heineken, BASE, Hope and Confort, The Association of Mexican Restaurant of New England and Jose’s Mexican Restaurant.


THURSDAY, October 25

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University



Luminaris / Spain / Juan Pablo Zaramella / 2012 / 6min / Short

Long Distance / Cuba / Esteban Insausti / 2010 / 93min / Narrative Feature – Trailer 1 – Trailer 2

9.00 p.m.

The Perfection in your hand / Spain /Guillermo P. Bosch / 10min / Short

Mayan Renaissance / Guatemala / Dawn Engle / 2012 / 68min / Documentary – Trailer


FRIDAY, October 26

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

7.15 p.m. Flamenco Program

Mexico Flamenco / Spain-Mexico / Josep Badell & Carlos Snachez-Llibre / 2012 / 53min / Documentary – Trailer

9.30 p.m.  Spanish Shorts Program

A Story for the Modlins / Sergio Oksman / 26min / Doc – Trailer

That Wasn’t Me / Esteban Crespo / 23min / Fic

The Birth / Xavi Sala / 14min / Fic

The Wedding / Marina Seresesky / 12min / Fic – Trailer

What the eye doesn’t see / Natalia Mateo / 15min / Fic

Prologue / Lucas Figueroa / 8min / Fic

.Sub / Jossie Malis Alvarez / 15min / Fic – Trailer

Zombi / David Moreno /  12min / Fic – Trailer


SATURDAY, October 27

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

1.30 p.m. PANEL (FREE)

Contemporary Cuba: Film and Media

3.00 p.m. Cuban Shorts Program #2

AM / Dariela Minoso / 13min / Fic

Delirio / Alejandro E. Alonso & Lazaro O. Lemus / 8min / Doc

Madre, la tierra / Ernesto Perez / 15min / Doc

Afuera / Vanessa Portieles & Yanelvis Gonzalez / 20min / Fic

La Sasita / Ariagna Fajardo / 19min / Doc


4.30 p.m. International Program

Known Secrets / Honduras / James Joint / 17min

El Rey / US – Central America – Austria / Stefan Lechner / 53min / Documentary – Trailer


6.00 p.m. Immigration Program #1

Underprivileged / USA / Rafael Lanus / 15min

Incommunicado / P. Alberto Sanchez / 9min

Q&A with Director P. Sanchez & Producer Mike Paskett

Admissions / Chloe Smolarski / 50min / Documentary  – Trailer

Q&A with Visiting Director



SATURDAY, October 27

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

2.00 p.m. International Program

The World Outside / USA / Zachary Kerschberg / 10mi

Q&A with visiting Director

Delivery / Fabien Ortiz / 12 min.

La Mirada Perdida / Argentina / Damian Dionisio / 11min

La Camioneta / Guatemala – USA / Mark Kendall / 72 min / Documentary – Trailer

4.00 p.m. With My Heart In Yambo / Ecuador / 138min / Documentary – Trailer

6.00 p.m. Central American Program

Inside El Porvenir / Honduras- Switzerland / Rainer Hoffmann & Erika Harzer / 2012 / 85min / Documentary

Q&A with Director Rainer Hoffman

Co-Presented by: Swissnex Boston – Consulate of Switzerland – Trailer

SUNDAY, October 28

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,


4.30 p.m.  Arts, Crafts & Local Economies

Banking on Trust / Argentina / LeeAndrea Morton / 38min / Documentary – Trailer

Silvestre Pantaleón / Mexico / Roberto Olivares / 65min /Documentary

6.30 p.m. CLOSING FILM

Esperanza / USA / Michael Martinez / 9min / Fic

Anyone Out There / Brazil / Tiaraju Aronovich / 2012 / 115min / Narrative Feature – BLIFF’s Curator’s 2012 Choice!



JOB-NET, the One-Stop Career Center to co-host Veterans Job Fair on May 25

Over 70 employers to partner with veterans looking for work
Boston The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)  announced recently that JobNet, Boston’s One-Stop Career Center will partner with Northeastern University, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, America’s Job Exchange and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment’s VetSuccess to co-host the seventh annual Veterans Job Fair on May 25th.
“Massachusetts veterans have bravely served and protected our country, and in return our administration is proud to support military servicemen and women,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “It’s important to provide our veterans with the right tools and resources, including workforce training and employment opportunities so they can get back to work upon their return home from service.”
“The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is committed to serving Massachusetts’ veterans of every generation and all occupations,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. “In addition to job fairs, I encourage veterans seeking work to visit the One-Stop Career Centers to work with the dedicated and experienced veterans’ representatives for assistance and advice.”

Over seventy employers with job openings in accounting, criminal justice, engineering, government, health care, human services, telecommunications, transportation, logistics and more will be on hand during the fair to connect with veterans and their families looking for work.

“Putting veterans back to work remains a priority for the Department of Veterans’ Services. I am proud to see our government and community partners working together to help employ veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee. “Veterans bring extensive skills to the workforce to include specialized training, leadership, teamwork, and pride in getting the job done. I encourage Massachusetts businesses to join us in making hiring veterans a priority.”
Massachusetts leads the nation in offering the most comprehensive benefits and services to veterans and their families. The Patrick-Murray Administration has honored veterans by increasing benefits and services available, as well as expanding outreach to veterans and their families, particularly to returning veterans, homeless veterans and those struggling with mental health issues. In 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Home of the Brave bill, which increased cash bonuses for veterans who have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and established a “Medal of Liberty” to be awarded to the next of kin of Massachusetts servicemembers who have died due to wounds received while serving in the armed forces.
The Governor has also preserved programs and services for veterans, providing an $8 million increase to the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) in FY11 and announcing over $1 million in federal Department of Labor grants for veterans.
The Veterans Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 1:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. at Northeastern University’s Cabot Gym located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston. The Cabot Gym is accessible via the MBTA, either the Northeastern stop on the Green Line or Ruggles Station on the Orange Line. Veterans will be given priority entrance into the job fair from 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Doors will open for friends and family from 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Visit http://www.jobnetboston.org or call 617-338-0909 for more information and up-to-date vendor information.
In addition to the annual job fair, dedicated veterans’ representatives are available at Massachusetts’ One-Stop Career Centers across the state to help veterans transition to civilian work by developing comprehensive training programs to get back to work. For more information about the veterans services offered at the state’s One-Stop Career Centers, visit www.mass.gov/dwd/veterans.