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The Cinema Tropical Collection Premieres Two New Films This Week

Premiering This Week:
STILL BURN and TÚ Y YO

The Cinema Tropical Collection, the new and exciting initiative that makes select Latin American films available digitally for the first time ever, continues this week with the international streaming of the documentary films Still Burn (Algo quema) from Bolivia, and Tú y Yo from the Dominican Republic.

Both films will premiere for free, followed by a Q&A with the directors, and they will stream gratis for an additional 24 hours, before being available to rent.

For more information visit:
www.cinematropical.com/the-cinema-tropical-collection
Co-presented by the Center for Latin American
and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University
.

 

STILL BURN / ALGO QUEMA
A film by Mauricio Alfredo Ovando
(Bolivia, 2018, 77 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Alfredo Ovando Candia was a military general who served as co-president of Bolivia from 1965–66 (and again from 1969–70) after overthrowing President Víctor Paz Estenssoro. His political and military service connect him to the largest massacre of workers in the country’s history, as well as the military campaign in which Che Guevara was found and killed. Incorporating archival footage from Ovando’s de facto administration, home movies, and interviews with relatives, filmmaker-grandson Mauricio Alfredo Ovando’s debut feature studies the many profiles of his grandfather to juxtapose his family’s fond memories with the harsh official history.

Winner of the Best Director and FIPRESCI awards at the 2018 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Still Burn is a courageous, perceptive documentary about how collective and personal memories are created from—and ultimately shape—a complicated legacy.

Premieres Tonight Thursday, April 2, 7pm EDT at cinematropical.com
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker on Facebook Live at 9pm EDT
(The film will be available to stream for free through Friday, April 3; it will be available to rent after that)

 

TÚ Y YO
A film by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada
(Dominican Republic, 2015, 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The Mrs., an elderly widow, and Aridia, a young maid, live together in a house filled with orchids in the center of Santo Domingo. Aridia cleans, the Mrs. gardens, and when work is slow they share gossip. But sometimes the atmosphere gets tense: the Mrs. wakes up grumpy, she blames Aridia, and when Aridia tries to defend herself the Mrs. has to remind her “where her place is.” Then as the hours pass by a telenovela begins on TV, or something happens in the neighborhood, and the Mrs. and Aridia become close again, ending the day by sharing a few laughs.

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cartagena Film Festival and acclaimed at Visions du Réel, the debut feature by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada is a poignant chamber piece that delves deeply into divisions of class and race.

“Suggestive cinema about power relations and loneliness.”
— Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Premieres on Sunday, April 5, 3pm EDT at cinematropical.com
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker on Facebook Live at 5pm EDT
(The film will be available to stream for free through Monday, April 6; it will be available to rent after that)

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