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Nimtoh (2019) aka Invitation is a Nepali film that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and was made available online by ICAF. Tashi is a 10-year old boy living with his grandma in the outhouse of a small farm in a village near Darjeeling. His grandma is a servant taking care of the cardamom orchard, Tashi does the odd-jobs around when he is not going to school.  The film starts with the duo making noise in the night to scare off the wild animals that come inside the farm. In that first five minutes, we are transported to…

Ellas crean (2018) aka Creative Women is a Cuban documentary film by Lourdes de los Santos that is being screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. When you hear Cuba, there is an unmistakable allure that comes to our mind. This film documents the women of the island who have achieved great heights in their creative field of choice. We see and hear from fork dancers, innovative choreographers, a love poem writer, a designer of jewellery from odd materials, a filmmaker, an artist who gives emotions to coffee makers!,  big and small musicians, and a singer.…

Bailando con Margot aka Dancing with Margot is a Cuban detective film by Director Arturo Santana. The film was screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. The story happens on the day of the Cuban revolution taking over the capital Havana on the new year eve of 31st December 1958. A talented detective Rafa gets called to a mansion to investigate a priceless painting being stolen the night before. The owner, a wealthy widow named Margot hides the dark secrets of her husband which she is not comfortable revealing to the detective. How the detective solves…

The future perfect aka El Futuro Perfecto (2016) is a Spanish film from Argentina. It was exhibited online as part of the Latin American Migration Film Festival by ICAF in partnership with the embassies of Argentina, Chile, Mexico & Guatemala. With a running time of just over an hour, the film was a delight to watch. Directed by Nele Wohlatz, The future perfect (2016) is about a girl migrating from China to Buenos Aires to be with her parents who have been living there. This plot intrigued me, as when we hear about migration in the region we think of…

Nosilatiaj. La Belleza (2012) is a film from the Argentina countryside. It is about a girl “Yolanda” from the local Wichi tribe, who is residing as a house maid with a Spanish descendant (criollo) family of “Sara”, the housewife running the house. Directed by Daniela Seggiaro, the film is narrated from Yola’s point of view. Though Sara’s family is not rich, her husband works in the city and lives most of the time with his mother, the family treats Yola well. The story is about Yola’s connection to her culture and struggle to remember it through her dark, long hair. Unfortunately,…