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6 Movies To Not Miss During The 2017 International Film Festival #IFFPanama

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Born in 2012, the annual Panama International Film Festival (#IFFPanama) is a wonderful way to experience the best of international cinema right here in Panama City.

The festival has grown in scale and acclaim to attract many famous actors and directors from across the world to Panama. This year, the festival runs from March 30th to April 5th 2017. The best part of the film festival is that you can see many of the films for free (click here for schedules, movie listings, rates, etc.), giving everyone the opportunity to experience the art of cinematography.

It's also been a great incentive and window for Panamanian productions and this year 5 local productions will be showcased. The festival also highlights the best of Central American and Caribbean films in its First Look category.

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In no particular order, here are some recommendations of movies you should catch during IFF Panama:

1. American Honey

In American Honey writer-director Andrea Arnold combines two classic American teen movie genres: the coming-of-age story and the road trip movie. In doing so, she nabbed her third Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film stars newcomer Sasha Lane as a wild child who leaves her troubled home when she falls for a magazine subscription salesman played by Shia LaBeouf, who surprises the audience by playing a sleazy character with little redeeming qualities.

2. It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin Du Monde)

Canadian director Xavier Dolan has made a movie that has divided critics (some absolutely hated it) yet still won him praise. It’s Only the End of the World, is based on French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce’s stage play based upon his own experience of living with AIDS. It depicts a writer’s reluctant return home to his family after 12 years of estrangement, with a plan to break the news of his impending death. The movie adaption stars Lea Seydoux and Marion Cotillard.

3. Cimarronaje en Panama

Película Cimarronaje en Panama

During the colonial period, tens of thousands of Africans were brought to Panama and enslaved as a labor source for the Spanish empire. Resistance to slavery occurred daily. Perhaps its most transcendental expression was the Cimarronaje, in which the fugitive Africans united to create societies independent of the European dominion. This history is fundamental for the history of Panama This documentary is dedicated to the town of Portobelo and the Congos along the isthmus. by the director, Toshi Sakai.

4. Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) directed by Gianfranco Rosi was the winner of the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and Italy’s official submission to the 2017 Academy Awards. Set in the island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the migrant crisis, the compelling documentary charts the risky Mediterranean crossing of refugees against the backdrop of the ordinary lives of the islanders. In his acceptance speech, Rosi had said: "It is not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies."

5. The Salesman

The Salesman won best foreign language at the Oscars this year. Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, a young couple Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life. The Salesman premiered at Cannes last May, where it won best actor for Shahab Hosseini and best screenplay for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

1. I Am Not Your Negro

The New York Times has referred to Raoul Peck’s documentary as “life altering” and “a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics — a concise, roughly 90-minute movie with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series” The critically acclaimed documentary is not simply an examination of the novelist, playwright, and essayist James Baldwin. It is, at times, an uncomfortable examination of the realities of present-day race relations in the USA, drawing stark lessons from the not-so-distant past.

Regardless of whether you're studying Spanish in Panama City, just vacationing for a couple of weeks, or live here full time, you really shouldn't miss out on this festival.

Booking the tickets is easy, and it's a great opportunity to get a feel of Panama City's cosmopolitan and trendy lifestyle, as well as practicing your Spanish with the locals and making new friends!

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