Thursday, October 29, 2015
PLAFF (Providence Latin American Film Festival) took place here at Bryant University Oct. 2nd-4th. The festival has been in the Providence area for 23 years, Bryant has been a main venue and sponsor since 2010. Local off-campus sponsors such as the Hispanic Heritage Committee and LATIN Providence. Venues for the films are Bryant, URI downtown and the Warwick Library. Bryant sponsors were the College of Arts and Sciences, Modern Languages, International Business, English and Cultural Studies, History and Social Sciences, Global Studies and student organizations such as BUSCO (Bryant University's Spanish Cultural Organization), MSU, ISO and CDI (Center for Diversity and inclusion).
This year we had a total of 9 films from Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and Guatemala. Our Spanish students were required to attend at least one film. Other faculty, staff and the general public were invited to watch these films at no cost. We had a total of 263 attendees throughout the weekend. Each film averaged between 25-35 people. IXCANUL, a Guatemalan film that is nominated for an OSCAR as the best film in a foreign language, we were fortunate to show this caliber of a film in our festival. This fillm had a total of 85 attendees. URI downtown had 150 at their showing. Patricia Gomez is the faculty member who organized the festival and is also a board member with PLAFF. www.plaff.org has a complete list of films shown and other pertinent information on the festival.