Latin American Film Festival
The National Library and Archives
2008


Brazilian Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto
and his wife Vera
His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond

Initiated by the Canadian Film Institute in 1997, the Latin American Film Festival celebrates its 12th year.  Eighteen countries are represented, and this year His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, a French-born Canadian documentary filmmaker,
 and the husband of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean,
Governor General of Canada, was the honorary patron


"Filmmakers are the ambassadors of culture." 
 His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond


©Photos by Lois Siegel


Romy Vásquez de González
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama
Tom McSorley
Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute


Brazilian Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto


"Truth is always a result of controversy."
His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond
Vera, wife of Brazilian Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto


Romy Vásquez de González
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama


Tom McSorley, Ana Cristina Palacky, George Palacky


"Cinema is like a free ambassador, to provoke and change our view about people and their country."
His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond


Não Por Acaso
Not By Chance


Traffic Controller Enio (Leonardo Medeiros)

Life is Unpredictable
Review by Lois Siegel


Romy Vásquez de González
His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond
Ambassador of Brazil, Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto


Murilo Gabrielli
Embassy of Brazil
First Secretary


Sébastien Barangé, Governor General's Office, Special Projects
Marie-Eve Létourneau, Governor General's Office, Media Officer


Media Launch


Pat McGrath
Ottawa Citizen Photographer


Ottawa Rocks


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