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From Variety Critic’s Pick ‘Memory’ With Jessica Chastain to a Chronicle of a 1925 Indigenous Uprising, This Year’s IFF Panama Audience Award Contenders

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Anna Marie de la Fuente Running April 4-7, the IFF Panama brings to this year’s edition a rich mix of standout director driven titles from Europe, the Spanish-speaking world and beyond, spangled by highlights from Central America, including Panama: “Bila Burba,” (Duiren Wagua, Panama) Documentary.

Wagua’s debut feature. The Gunadule nation’s ties with the Panamanian government were fraught with territorial and cultural disputes.

In 1925, leaders Simral Colman and Nele Kantule, inspired by their warrior ancestors, joined forces to unite their communities in the ‘Dule Revolution’ against police brutality.

Today, their descendants honor this legacy through street theater, transforming community streets into stages to commemorate their ancestors’ struggle. “Brown,” (Ricardo Aguilar, Panama) Penned by Aguilar’s regular collaborator, Manolito Rodríguez, the story centers on Teófilo Alfonso, also known as “Panamá Al” Brown, the first Latin American World Boxing Champion.

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