EQUINOCCIO is a private organization devoted to spread and promote Ecuador’s cultural forms of expression.
e·qui·noxˈekwəˌnäks,ˈēkwəˌnäks/nounnoun: equinox; plural noun: equinoxes
The time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about September 22 and March 20).
Last year, on June 29th and 30th, the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre VLACC, Ecuadorian Association of British Columbia and Iberoamerican Images, presented EQUINOCCIO, Vancouver’s first Ecuadorian Film Exhibition.
Now, we are ready to present the Ecuadorian Film Exhibition Second edition.
Vancouver, BC - October 14th, 2018, - The Cinematheque. FREE Admission for VLACC members (annual membership is $10 and can be bought at the door).
Toronto, ON - November 7th & 8th, 2018 - Sandford Fleming building Room 1101, University of Toronto, 10 King's College Rd. Admission by donation.
Seattle, WA - December 8th, 2018 - Seattle Film Institute, 3210 16th Ave W. Admission by donation.
Directed by Xavier Colamarco
Canada | 2016 | 10 min
Toronto, ON - Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Seattle, WA - Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Zoey, a bright, vivacious young girl flirts with the limits of death in the midst of a deathless society. Along her best friend, Bernadette, they’ll search for a creative way to achieve death while Zoey’s dad, Adam, tries to teach them the importance of the precious gift of life.
La Casa del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles
Directed by Javier Andrade
USA | Ecuador | 2012 | 165 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Vancouver, BC - Sunday, October 14th, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Toronto, ON - Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 - 6:45 PM
Seattle, WA - Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 2:15 PM
This Kickstarter-funded film is a compelling story about Grammy-winning Venezuelan funksters Los Amigos Invisibles, from their early days playing in Caracas, Venezuela, to being discovered by David Byrne of Talking Heads and their rise to international stardom. The viewer experiences their story as it intertwines with a live performance filmed at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in March 2011. The band, with the same original 6 members, celebrates 20 years in 2011. The film has nearly 600 backers from countries as diverse as Venezuela, Australia, Spain, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, France, Switzerland and the USA.
Directed by Christian Mejía-Acosta
Canada | 2013 | 9 min
Toronto, ON - Thursday, November 8th, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Seattle, WA - Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 4:30 PM
In a downtown apartment building, Leonard lives by himself with the only idea that the world around him is changing too fast. He loves books and his daughter Jesse who has given him an e-reader to travel. Will he be able?
Directed by Betty Bastidas
Ecuador | USA | 2016 | 70 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Vancouver, BC - Sunday October 14th, 2018 - 3:30 PM
Toronto, ON - Thursday, November 8th, 2018 - 6:45 PM
Seattle, WA - Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 4:45 PM
DreamTown is a documentary about the precarious dream of a young Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it to the professional leagues, and eventually sees his dreams become reality. This coming-of-age story follows Anibal over the span of five years, from the youth minor leagues until he secures a place on Ecuador’s First Division team, ranking among the country’s top 10 players at the young age of 17.
This Afro-Ecuadorian soccer dream is further explored through two secondary characters whose stories are in parallel to Anibal’s; Ulises De La Cruz, a retired World Cup (2002 and 2006) star, and Carlos Maldonado, a struggling Third Division player. While these secondary characters are also from Chota Valley, their experiences offer two different pictures of what lies ahead for Anibal, who places all hope on a soccer career.
DreamTown’s backdrop is Chota Valley, an arid valley surrounded by the Andean mountains. Despite its lush landscapes, Chota Valley is one of the country’s poorest regions. Ninety percent of the Chota’s residents are Afro-descendants, and whereas most Ecuadorians finish 9th grade, Chota residents on average only complete the 6th grade. Public services are limited and the main source of income for residents is agriculture. Yet amidst this dire economic situation, Chota Valley has received worldwide attention in recent years for one main export: soccer players.
While DreamTown explores the challenges that Afro-Ecuadorian soccer players face, it is ultimately a universal story of hope and triumph. At its core, it is a hero’s journey in a world where our Latin American heroes are rarely depicted as black, and where the success stories of the African diaspora are often left untold.