The Future Speaks Spanglish!
aluCine celebrates the launch of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month with the 14th Annual aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival, heating up Toronto for 10 days with a vibrant and festive explosion of Hispano American culture! The festival runs from April 3 - 12, 2014 featuring gallery installations, short and feature film programmes, performances, artists’ talks, panel discussions and workshops.
This year, aluCine will celebrate Mexico’s rich and vibrant culture, with a showcase of exciting, contemporary Latin-American cinema and media arts. Award-winning Mexican Director, Roberto Fiesco will kick off the festival in style, with his critically acclaimed film, Disrupted, which has been celebrated at various international festivals including Raindance Film Festival (Best Documentary), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Best Film) and Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián (Sebastian Award). Other programming highlights at this year’s aluCine include: an installation and artist talk by Toronto based artist, Alexandra Gelis; a screening of queer programming, headlined by the special screening of Sugar Cane/Cañaveral by local Director Samuel Lopez; the return of young audiences favourite “Shorts for Shorties”; and a sizzling new addition to Toronto's art scene, with the launch of an art gallery in the heart of St. Clair Ave.
The Honourable Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, and Mr. Ian Troop, CEO of Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games presented awards tonight to the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” 2013.
This year’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians come from five provinces representing eight countries of origin. In alphabetical order by first name, the three woman and seven men 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians are: Alfredo Caxaj (Guatemala, ON): Founder and ED, London’s Sunfest, second largest music festival in Canada Fernando Triana (Colombia, AB): Founder, Soy Hispano TV and Edmonton’s Latin Heritage Carnival Guillermo Schible (Nicaragua, ON): Lawyer and co-founder, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Ontario Hector Vergara (Chile, MB): ED, Manitoba Soccer Association, holds FIFA record on Word Cup games Dr. Hugo De Burgos (El Salvador, BC): Anthropologist, filmmaker, activist and professor at UBC Dr. Juana Muñoz-Liceras (Spain, ON): Linguist, Spanish professor and supervisor for PhD thesis, U of Ottawa Laura Cuner (Argentina, BC): Founder, Avafina –organic foods firm with annual sales of $14 million in 6 years Mario Pochat (Mexico, BC): Founder, Vancouver Animation School and CIRA awardee for innovation Saul Polo (Colombia, QC): President, Liberal Party of Quebec Ximena Muñoz (Chile, MB): Manitoba’s first Fairness Commissioner appointed by Lieutenant Governor Since 2007, seventy Hispanics from eight provinces and 15 countries of origin have been selected by past winners and executives from the National Post, CBC, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council, Canadian Council for the Americas, Diversity Business Network, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, the University of Ottawa and the North American Association of Asian Professionals.