diana buendia
bilingual arts and culture writer
based in los angeles
from guayaquil, ecuador

When he accepted the Nobel prize in 1982, Garcia Marquez described Latin America as a “source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.”
- RIP Gabo. From his obit in the NYT. (via cmonstah)
Finding the Spanish versions of these books is hard but still, reading them is on my to-do list

Finding the Spanish versions of these books is hard but still, reading them is on my to-do list

This is super late but I went to Nrmal in Monterrey a couple of weeks ago and BFlecha’s set made it all worth it, so much fun. Very important sidenote though: she was one of only four or five women on the festival’s roster which is so so depressing (Kelela, 1/2 of Denver, 1/2 Blue Hawaii and maybe a couple more). So I guess I can confirm that male-dominated festival lineups are an international problem. 

This is super late but I went to Nrmal in Monterrey a couple of weeks ago and BFlecha’s set made it all worth it, so much fun. Very important sidenote though: she was one of only four or five women on the festival’s roster which is so so depressing (Kelela, 1/2 of Denver, 1/2 Blue Hawaii and maybe a couple more). So I guess I can confirm that male-dominated festival lineups are an international problem. 

thrifting means finding tags from colonial times

thrifting means finding tags from colonial times

‘Obama is exactly like all my friends. He would rather read a book than spend time with people he doesn’t know or like.’
- My favorite quote from David Remnick’s Obama profile
The first film to get financed by Gamechanger Films, which exclusively finances features directed and co-directed by women, is LAND HO! about two retirees who go to Iceland to reclaim their youth. The film just got picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance and helps prove that, contrary to popular opinion in Hollywood, women don’t only make films about weddings, boyfriends and/or babies. Also, I hope it’s good.

The first film to get financed by Gamechanger Films, which exclusively finances features directed and co-directed by women, is LAND HO! about two retirees who go to Iceland to reclaim their youth. The film just got picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance and helps prove that, contrary to popular opinion in Hollywood, women don’t only make films about weddings, boyfriends and/or babies. Also, I hope it’s good.

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