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​The Keppel Latin American Film Festival (KLAFF), is an exciting annual film festival organised by the Resident Embassies in Singapore of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru & Venezuela.

They strive to promote their cultures, idiosyncrasies, sense of humour and, in some instances: their magic realism while they learn about Singapore. The festival has been hosted in Singapore since 2012 and it is possible due to the generous sponsorship by Keppel Offshore & Marine, one the world’ s largest offshore and marine groups with a global network.


22 Nov, Thurs 6.30pm
dir. Daniel Rodríguez Risco
2011 | Chile | Drama | In Spanish with English subtitles | 116 mins | NC16

​Santiago, capital of Chile. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious “colegio” (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante’s liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro’s slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet’s coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

24 Nov, Sat 3pm
dir. Abner Benaim
2010 | Panama | Comedy | In Spanish with English subtitles | 90 mins | R21

Toña and Paquita work as live-in housemaids at the Gonzales-Dubois, an aristocratic family in Panama, where they are mistreated and poorly paid. They’re now fed up with the abuse and lack of respect from their employers. While the family plans to leave for a shopping weekend in Miami, Toña and Paquita have different plans: They kidnap the Gonzales Dubois’ in their own home and ask for a large ransom. After much interrogation, the family secret is revealed: The household, despite appearances, is bankrupt. All they have to their name is debt.

24 Nov, Sat 7.30pm
dir. Selton Mello
2017 | Brazil | Drama | In Portuguese with English subtitles | 113 mins | TBA

A young man (Johnny Massaro) returns to his hometown in rural Brazil, only to find that his French-born father (Vincent Cassel) has gone back to his old country. He works as a teacher and dabbles in romance while struggling to understand why his father left. Based on the novel A Distant Father by Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, same author of “Il Postino: The Postman”

25 Nov, Sun 7.15pm
dir. Andrea Kalin
2016 | Costa Rica | Documentary | In Spanish with English subtitles | 70 mins | TBA

First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Her marriage to José ‘Don Pepe’ Figueres in 1941 led to a decade long journey through activism, exile, political upheaval and, ultimately, lasting progressive reforms. This film depicts the momentous struggle to shape Costa Rica’s democratic identity.


Tickets to the films are free and will be given out 30 mins before each screening.


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