In an unprecedented bid, six film institutes from Mexico and Central America have pooled their resources to jointly launch Retina Latina, a free-of-charge VOD streaming platform of feature films, shorts and docus from their respective countries. The new initiative addresses the paltry exchange and distribution of Latino pics within the region. The film institutes of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay have banded together for the initiative, with Colombia’s Proimagenes handling its administration and Banco Interamericano de Desarollo (BID) providing support.
Retina Latina launches at the Cartagena Intl. Film Festival on March 4 and at its Mexican counterpart, Guadalajara, on March 8. The new streaming platform will include news and information on audiovisual projects across the region.
The Retina Latina slate offers a range of films, shorts and docus dating ranging from the late ’80s to as recent as three years ago, said Yenny Alexandra Chaverra from the film office of Colombia’s Ministry of Culture. DOCTV, the roving docu film fest celebrating its 10th anniversary, will contribute a curated selection of documentaries to the lineup.
Notable titles from Colombia include William Vega’s acclaimed “La Sirga” and Cesar Arbelaez’s “Los Colores de la Montana”; Mexico is represented by “El Imperio de la Fortuna” by Arturo Ripstein and “Miroslava” by Alejandro Pelayo; Peruvian pics include “Ojos Que No Ven” by Francisco Lombardi and “El Bien Esquivo” by Augusto Tamayo San Roman; Uruguayan titles take in “La Vida Util” by Federico Veiroj; and Ecuadorian titles are led by “El Secreto de Magdalena,” by Josue Miranda.