News Latino Film Festival For Kids

The Association of Peruvian American Professionals, in coordination with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, is presenting the "Greater Hartford Children's Latino Film Festival" on Saturday.

The fest, made up of shorts, animated films and documentaries, will be at the museum, 600 Main St. in Hartford. All the films are in Spanish (one is in Portuguese) with subtitles, and admission is free for children. (Adults pay $5.)
Part 1 of the festival, geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, begins at 11 a.m. and includes these films:
"Meditation: Then and Now," an animated short.
"Chewing Gum," a Peruvian short about two street kids who meet a lost American tourist and fight over whether to help her.
"Journey To Mars" (pictured), an animated Argentinian short about Antonio, a boy from the '60s, whose grandfather offers to take him to Mars.
"If Eyes Can't See," a Mexican short about a blind boy abandoned by his mother, who makes friends with a bitter old man.
"Scarecrow Girl," a Brazilian short about a girl who insists on going to school, even though girls aren't allowed.
"Creole Fish," a Venezuelan short about an old tradition banning women from fishing boats, and a little girl determined to fish anyway.
That session will be followed by face painting, a hip-hop dance workshop, a personal empowerment seminar and a performance by the Aztec Dancers.
Part 2, geared toward kids ages 13 to 16, begins at 2 p.m., and includes these films:
"Meditation: Then and Now," an animated short.
"The Gift of Pachamama," about a man and his son on a long journey.
"Milagros," a story, made in New Mexico, about a boy who wants to play the ceremonial role of La Virgen, which usually goes to girls.
That lineup will be followed by performances by Somos Peru Andean Folkloric Dance and the Zulu Bratz Breakdancers, and another empowerment workshop.

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