Latin American Film Center, Inc. plans to develop a film center in New York City that will be a showcase for first-run, classic, documentary and experimental films about Latin America and the Caribbean, a center for research on the history of film and the film industry in the region, the core of a program of cultural outreach to New York area communities that have ties to the region and a nexus uniting far-flung academic circles engaged in the examination of a range of moving image studies. A longer term goal will be to develop the film center into the cornerstone of a broader cultural complex that would incorporate theater, music, art, dance and other cultural expression of a broad range of sectors of Latin American and Caribbean society, including indigenous sectors.
The goals of the organization are to:
AWAKEN, through film and other forms of related media, the consciousness of the public in New York and elsewhere to the rich tapestry of Latin American and Caribbean experience, the cultural, historical and social heritage underpinning it and the challenges currently facing the societies of the region;
ENCOURAGE the preservation and promotion of such films and related media with a view to broadening the understanding of Latin American and Caribbean stories, ideas and tropes; and
PROVIDE a gathering place, discussion forum and research center for film lovers and scholars, people with roots in the region and others in the general public who have an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean.
We aim not only to promote better understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean among audiences in New York, the United States and across the region, but also to enhance the appreciation by people from throughout the hemisphere of their cultural and historical roots. New York is home for a rich diversity of immigrant communities from Latin America and the Caribbean, and it receives a steady stream of visitors from those countries. This makes the city an ideal place to learn about the culture and history of the region, engaging audiences and creators in a productive dialogue.
We hope to enrich the film viewing experience through discussion groups, seminars and other events aimed at developing insights into the historical, social, cultural and artistic contexts surrounding the films that are presented, and through innovative website and mobile applications with links to additional information about the films and their contexts.