New York Film Festivals. The first edition of The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY), June 2-5, 2014, will showcase feature films in fiction and documentary as well as shorts and animations that represent the rich diversity of cultures, languages and stories of the Americas.
The Festival begins Monday June 2nd, 6:30pm, at the Instituto Cervantes with a special presentation of the documentary Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamérica) directed by Rodrigo Vila. Fabian Matus, Mercedes Sosa’s son, will be present for the presentation of the film. The evening wraps up with a cocktail reception at the courtyard of Instituto Cervantes (211 East 49th Street).
OPENING NIGHT FILM:
MERCEDES SOSA: LA VOZ DE LATINOAMÉRICA / MERCEDES SOSA: THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA by Rodrigo Vila.
Argentina / 90 min. / Documentary / 2013.
The passing in 2009 of the Argentine folksinger Mercedes Sosa meant Latin America lost a great voice – not just her characteristic singing voice, but also her courageous voice of protest. She was the people’s heroine. As a member of Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero [The New Songbook Manifesto], she risked her own life to embolden her fans, many of whom were oppressed and disadvantaged. She received many death threats and was even exiled by the military regime in the 1980s, but she never forgot her fans and her people. In this extensive portrait of Sosa – the woman, the singer, the activist – director Rodrigo H. Vila follows her son Fabián as he explores his mother’s legacy, talking to relatives, friends and fellow musicians about her private life and musical career.
Screening Date: 06/02 @ 6:30pm – Instituto Cervantes – 211 E 49th Street (Bet. 2nd and 3rd ave.)
Fabian Matus present for Q&A.
Video: Trailer (English subtitles) Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America.
See more about The Americas Film Festival on its website: http://www.taffny.com/