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Ventana Film Festival

  • A flamenco rule-breaker

  • First woman conductor in Brazil

  • They danced for 50 years

A Film Festival celebrating iconic female artists from the Latin cultures.

Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm | Cube 37

Free, no bookings required.

A unique chance to see two documentaries about Spanish Flamenco dancer Sara Baras and Argentinian Tango dancer María Nieves Rego and enjoy a live presentation by SBS journalist Luciana Fraguas about the life and work of Brazilian artist, Chiquinha Gonzaga.

The life and work of Brazilian artist, Chiquinha Gonzaga - Live presentation by Alba Chliakthine director of ABRISA

The most important feminine figure of Brazilian popular music of all time, Chiquinha Gonzaga was an independent woman in times of extreme prejudice and earned her money with her own music. The first Brazilian female conductor, the first composer of the marcha carnavalesca genre (with "Ô Abre Alas"), she was also very active in the abolitionist and republican campaigns. Her songs had enormous success, yielding an international career and songs still commonly used.

 Un Tango Más (Our Last Tango), Argentina 2015, 85 minutes, directed by German Kral

The life and love story of Argentina's famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. Their intertwined lives and careers are recounted in this documentary, which includes interviews with the now-divorced octogenarians about their passionate yet rocky partnership, as well as reenactments of the duo dancing in their prime.

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UPDATE:Sara Baras, Todas las Voces (All Her Voices), Spain 2017, 91 minutes, directed by José Andreu and Rafael Moles will not be screened due to a technical difficulty. Instead we are happy to present Tango Underpants.

Tango Underpants, 2014 Australia (multiple awarded short-film)

With Emma Booth and Mirta Busnelli
Directed by Miranda Edmonds and Khrob Edmonds
Plot: Carolyn, a young Australian backpacker travels to Buenos Aires, where she discovers not only the wonders of the Tango, but also the vital importance of the right underwear!

Both movies have English subtitles and are PG rated.