Latin American Film Festival


This weekend at the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival, you can not only see world class films but also participate in thoughtful discussions with directors and local speakers. Here to tell us more about the film festival are Medar Serrata and Stephane Bedere.

They will be showing 8 feature-length films from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic. All of the films will be shown with English subtitles.

Two visiting filmmakers will be coming to the festival and audiences will be able to ask them questions after the screenings of their films.  Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, from the Dominican Republic, will be discussing his film, Cocote (the showing is on Friday, April 5 at 8 pm).  Daresha Kyi from the U.S. will be discussing her film, Chavela (the showing is on Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm).

The festival will also include “GRLAFF for Kids,” special programming for children on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.  At 10:30 am on Saturday in the main auditorium there will be a screening of El libro de Lila (Lila’s Book), an animated film from Colombia.  At 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday the micro-cinema there will be live bilingual puppet shows.

Each day there will be a chance to try Latin American-style refreshments prepared by local restaurants and to mingle with directors, speakers, and fellow audience members in the lobby. The entire festival is free to the public. A $5.00 suggested donation can be made online at or in person at the festival.

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

  • Friday, April 5 – Sunday April 7
  • Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids
  • See Schedule at

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