Retina Latina, VOD platform to watch Latin American movies


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In International Film Festivals like Cartagena (Colombia) and Guadalajara (Mexico) and most recently, in Bogota International Book Festival has been launching “Retina Latina”, a VOD platform to watch Latin American movies for free and legally. Last March, when it was on air, they started with 36 feature and short films and the catalog will include more than 106 films at the end of this year.

That initiative has filled a major gap in the traditional distribution field, where the spaces to watch the movies of its own regions are very limited. This project, sponsored by BID (the Inter-American Development Bank), is consisted of six cinematografic organizations from Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.

“The goal is to create a regional integration through our cinema. We want to connect the audience with this sector and the sector with the audience. This way, we make movies can travel. Actually, we have a big problem; Latin America cinema is, hardly, watched in our regions or it is watched rarely”. It was said by Jenny Alexandra Chaverra, project coordinator from Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

Retina Latina is taking advantages from increasingly popular use of this kind of platform in mobile technology and making these films can be watched for its own audience. “The key thing to understand is that we want also to revive the essential movies in our history. We are not only interested in the new one, but also revive fundamental films”.

Browse through this website is quite simple and intuitive. Users must register to be able to watch a film, and then, they can order for format (feature or short film); genre (documentary or fiction); or country (from the six countries that collaborate here). Besides, there is a special section with DOCTV, another initiative to promote documentaries. Experimental projects has also a space in this platform.

Some of the first movies Chaverra recommends to watch are: Empire of Fortune (a classic by Arturo Ripstein); The Supreme Uneasiness (Luis Ospina); Waqayñan (Juan Ariel Soto); What the eye doesn’t see (Francisco J. Lombardi) and finally The Towline (William Vega).


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