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Vancouver Latin American Film Festival opens today

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 Los ultimos cristeros (Mexico) Director : Matías Meyer. The film explores the war between the Church and the State (a lesser known fact of Mexican history) during the 1920's and 30's and the brave stance of a small group Christian Catholic rebel men during. This band chose to refuse amnisty, and instead, kept fighting against religious persecution and for the freedom to practice their faith in public.

A scene from Miss Inc.

Miss Inc. (Orlando Arraigada, Canada), Arraigada, a Chilean-born Montreal-based director, participated at the VLAFF 2011 with his doc , Beyond the Miracle). Miss Inc. shot in Venezuela, goes behind the stage to unveil the Venezuela's beauty industry, the second biggest, after oil. Not surprisingly, the South American country has won six Miss World and six Miss Universe titles. Thus, Venezuelan girls since a very young age aspire to be next Miss Venezuela and undergo years of training and plastic surgery, to correct even minimal imperfections -- "to enhance their beauty," as a plastic surgeon puts it in the film. (World Premiere). Watch trailer.

"Seeds of the Inner City" (Canada, 2012) Directed by Colombian-born Andres Salas. This documentary, follows for a year 12 Vancouver East Side residents, who struggle with drug addiction and health issues as they start working at a urban farm. This is an environmentally-friendly program organized by SOLEFood whose aim is to create job and entrepreneurial opportunities to inner city residents.

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