The book was edited by Oliver Kwon, President of AFC, and by Steve Solot, President of LATC, and is the first joint effort of the two organizations to develop initiatives for the advancement of national film industries and filmmakers in Latin America. The publication is consistent with AFC’s mission to promote the development, preservation and globalization of Latin American films as a cultural and historical resource, and to bring greater mutual understanding between Latin America and the US.
Latin American Cinema Today: The Director’s Perspective has two principal objectives. First to offer a current panorama of the directions of Latin American cinema from the perspective of the film director, thus providing a reference tool for study and debate on the region’s cinema for students, filmmakers and the general public. The second objective is to serve as a sounding board for some of the most prominent and representative filmmakers in the region on themes of critical importance to their respective countries. It is for that reason that the book is published in a bilingual format, in an effort to offer the widest possible access to readers around the world.
The new work contains articles by the Brazilian Director Bruno Barreto whose new film, Flores Raras (2013) is currently in theaters, and by the Argentine Daniel Burman, whose new romantic comedy, A Sorte em Suas Mãos (2012), has just been released. Also included are articles by Andrés Wood from Chile, director of Violeta foi para o céu (2011) by Carlos Moreno, director of Perro come perro (2008), by the Cuban, Juan Cremata, director of Viva Cuba (2005), by Sebastián Cordero, director of the award winning Ratas, ratones, rateros (1999), and by Carlos Carrera, the well-known Mexican director of O crime do Padre Amaro (2002). Articles by the Peruvian Claudia Llosa, direcctor of La teta assustada (2009), the Uruguyan Pablo Stoll, director of Whisky (2004) and the Venezuelan Hernán Jabes, director of Piedra, papel o tijera (2012) are also included in this important project.