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Cartagena Festival’s Nieto dies at 92

Director of oldest film festival in Latin America

Victor Nieto, director of the Cartagena Film Festival, died Nov. 28 from a stroke. He was 92.

Nieto was director of the oldest film festival in Latin America. He founded the Cartagena fest in 1960 and presided over it for the past 48 years. As his health began to fail, he relied more on appointed managers to run the day-to-day operations of the festival.

 Since last year, fest manager Lina Paola Rodriguez has been in charge and will continue as its official rep until the festival board makes a decision.

 Born in Cartagena, Don Victor, as he was fondly called, began his career in radio, launching regional radio news program “Sintesis” in 1939 and a string of radio stations from 1946 onwards.

In 1949, he launched Radio Centro Miramar as well as the theater Cine Miramar.

As a journalist, Don Victor contributed to publications El Universal of Cartagena, El Espectador and El Tiempo of Bogota.

 He is survived by his wife Mary Luz Milanes de Nieto and two sons.

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