Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve probably realized that the Venezuelan population in Buenos Aires has skyrocketed. Chances are you probably study or work with one already, or that you’ve stumbled upon at least one when ordering delivery, taking an Uber, or just asking for service at any bar or restaurant.
Besides their desire for a better life for themselves and their family, Venezuelan immigrants have brought with them (as do all immigrants) a strong cultural identity which can usually be experienced, as an outsider, through their food. But the richness of a country’s roots goes much deeper than just its flavors, which is why the Venezuelan Film Festival (FECIVE) has been promoting not only the country’s film industry but also a selection of its cultural manifestations for several years now. In Buenos Aires, the event will be celebrating its 4th edition at the Centro Cultural San Martín starting this Thursday.
One of the most interesting things about FECIVE is how the festival has evolved along the years, as the Venezuelan community has established itself as one of the largest in Argentina. During its last edition, the festival made a conscious, premeditated effort to become a meeting place for Venezuelans and Argentines to meet and share their cultures, while also opening the game much more by including talks on subjects like literature, music and human rights, just to mention a few. The change was accompanied by a shift in location, moving from the more commercial spaces of the Hoyts Abasto complex to the more festival-friendly confines of the Centro Cultural San Martín. Not only that, but the festival has also branched out to Chile (which recently concluded its third edition) and Uruguay, which will premiere later on this year.
This year FECIVE has something for every taste. The selection of movies is spearheaded by La Familia, a multi-awarded drama from Gustavo Rondón that was the representative for Venezuela at both the Goya Awards in Spain and The Oscars. Comedy will be covered by baseball-themed Papita 2da Base, genre lovers will fix their cravings with El Silbón and El Vampiro del Lago, and documentary aficionados will be represented by Nos Llaman Guerreras, which tells the story of the Venezuelan women’s football team that reached the under-17 World Cup in 2016. Last but not least, there is Tamara, which tells the true story of the first trans congressperson not only in Venezuela but in Latin America as a whole. Tamara Adrián herself will be present during the festival.
This is only the tip of the iceberg for FECIVE as it will be featuring talks, short films, performances, music and, of course, culinary goodies. To stay in touch with the plethora of activities the festival has in store, follow them on Instagram. To find even more info visit the official website.
FECIVE | June 19 -23 | Centro Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Web