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  • The International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples lasts from Oct. 2 to 16.

    The International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples lasts from Oct. 2 to 16. | Photo: www.ficmayab.org

Published 7 September 2018

A total of 83 films will be shown at the International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples.

More than 30 countries will be represented at the 13th edition of the International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples (FICMAYB-2018), which will be held in Guatemala from Oct. 2 to 16.

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Some of the countries participating in the festival include Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Canada, United States and Alaska, New Zealand, Polynesia, Indonesia, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Spain. 

The announcement was made by the Latin American Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples Film and Communication. A total of 83 films will be shown of the 320 that were submitted.

Andrea Ixchíu and Juan Manuel Raymundo Pu, members of the FICMAYB-2018 coordinating committee said the festival will preview 22 films from Guatemala, 23 from Mexico, and a total of 23 across South and Central America.

"While there is much documentary material that comes from different indigenous peoples, it is also a window for spaces of creativity and realization," Ixchíu explained.

During the 15-day festival, various film productions from different parts of the world will be shown as part of the official schedule. The program will also include communications meetings, forums, workshops and exchanges between audiovisual producers, activists, and indigenous leaders, as well as various cultural activities.

The theme of this year's film festival is, "Memory, Life, and Territory." The films and documentaries will be displayed in theaters in Guatemala, including Quetzaltenango, Totonicapan, Santiago Atitlan, Coban, Chisec, the colonial city of Antigua, as well as the capital Guatemala City.

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