The 5th Festival Internacional de Cine Panamá, is taking place this year from April 7-13, in Panama City.

The week long festival, one of the largest in Central America, has grown since inception, this year welcoming over 350 films and over 450 international guests, and has contributed to rise of Panamanian film.

While the Festival showcases Spanish language and Panamanian films, there are also international (non-Latino) films and for the first time year, a Central-American and Caribbean film section.

Caribbean Films:

by Raoul Peck
Narrative Feature | 2014

A couple struggling to rebuild their lives after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake take in a tenant whose opportunistic girlfriend ushers in disasters of her own. Inspired by Pasolini’s 1968 classic Teorema, the latest dramatic feature from Raoul Peck writhes with outrage and intrigue, exposing fissures of corruption in post-disaster Haiti and posing thorny questions about race and nationality. – See more here.


by Tyler Johnston and Miquel Galofré
Documentary Feature
Bahamas/Haiti | 2015

My Father’s Land tells the story of Papa Jah, a Haitian gardener, who has spent the last forty years in the Bahamas, living in a marginalised community named the Mud. When news arrives that his 103-year-old father has taken ill back in Haiti, Papa Jah fears he may not see him before he passes. Papa Jah travels back to Haiti, to his family’s small village on the island La Tortue, to reunite with his father, hopefully before it is too late.


by Arí Maniel Cruz
Narrative Feature
Puerto Rico | 2016

This daring, unsentimental, yet empathetic film follows the trials of a teenage girl growing up in a Puerto Rican village, her life fraught with violence and confusion regarding family, trust and sex. Grounded in deft performances and a strong sense of place, Antes que cante el gallo is a vivid, ultimately hopeful portrait of youthful tumult. – See more here.


by Pavel Giroud
Narrative Feature
Cuba | 2015

Set in the 1980s, at a sanatorium where HIV-positive Cubans were forced into quarantine, Pavel Giroud’s latest feature tells the story of characters struggling to reckon with their troubled pasts, while the film itself reckons with a deeply troubling chapter in Cuban history. – See more here.


 For more information about the Festival, screening schedules, tickets, workshops, visit the Festival’s website and on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Festivalling!!