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Feb. 9, 2024

Film festival shines spotlight on Latinx culture and global issues

The MSU Latinx Film Festival is returning this year after a four-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Scheduled for Feb. 15-18 at several different venues across the Michigan State University campus and in the Lansing and East Lansing communities, the 2024 festival will continue its tradition of screening ground-breaking independent cinema from Latin America, Spain, and the United States while shining a cinematic light on various social issues.

This year marks the third iteration of the festival and will feature 13 films from 10 different countries, including Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Offering four days of film, music, and, for the first time, theatre, the festival will provide many opportunities to make meaningful connections with various Latinx cultures and languages.

“It’s about creating a cultural space that doesn’t exist on an everyday basis in the Lansing area or in the mid-Michigan region,” said Assistant Professor of Spanish Scott Boehm, who is the founder and director of the festival. “We are the biggest Latino/x film festival in Michigan. And, aside from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, to the best of my knowledge, there’s not a single film in our program that has been shown on a big screen anywhere else in the state.”

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