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The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD to present the Annual AFI Latin American Film Festival during Hispanic Heritage Month.
For over 20 years, the AFI Latin American Film Festival has showcased the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.
Last year's festival welcomed over 10,000 guests to see over 40 films from over 20 different countries, including multiple award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents.
This year, the festival will feature another lineup of exciting new films making their local premieres, as well as a special retrospective sidebar devoted to contemporary Colombian cinema.
The complete festival lineup will be announced at the beginning of September. So, look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in the Washington Post on September 16 or call our Chamber at 202-587-0736 for more information.
Tickets and Passes
Explore Latin American cinema with an AFI Latin American Film Festival pass — the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film.
No tickets needed! The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at more than $400!
Early Bird Discount for the Pase Especial
- August 5-18: $100 - General Admission/$75 for AFI Members
- After August 19: $125 - General Admission/$100 for AFI Members
Combo Ticket Packages
If you plan to buy six or more tickets to films in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in any combination, ask for the Combo Ticket Package discounted rate of just $9 per ticket. (Normal ticket price is $11.) You can buy several tickets to one show, or one ticket to several shows! It's perfect for families attending shows together and festival-goers who have planned out their schedule of must-see shows in advance.
Combo Ticket Package purchases must be completed in a single transaction for discount to apply. Offer does not apply to Special Presentations or shows with a higher ticket price.
For updated information, please visit periodically the 22nd AFI Latin American Film Festival Website or call 202-587-0736.
Opening Night Screening
THE MEXICAN SUITCASE [La Maleta Mexicana]
In Person: Filmmaker Trisha Ziff
The story of three lost boxes, found in a closet in Mexico City in 2007, that disappeared in the chaos of Europe at the beginning of World War II. Contained in the titular suitcase were 4,500 photo negatives, the work of three young European photographers: Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour and Gerda Taro. Exiles from different places (Hungary, Poland, Germany), they had become friends in Paris, then traveled to Spain together to fight fascism with their cameras.
This fascinating documentary from Trisha Ziff (CHEVOLUTION, 2008 Silverdocs) explores not only the historical mystery of how this photographic treasure trove came to be stashed — and nearly forgotten — in a modest Mexico City apartment, but also the living history of people affected by the Spanish Civil War: in Spain, the contemporary descendants of the defeated Republicans; in Mexico, the refugee children — now senior citizens — who fled war-torn Spain for the safety of a new home.
Official Selection, 2011 Karlovy Vary, Los Angeles Latino and San Sebastian Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Trisha Ziff; PROD Eamon O'Farrill, Paco Poch. Mexico/Spain, 2011, color and b&w, 86 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED