This year’s edition of the Ibero American Film Festival was held from March 22-29, 2023 at the Pacific Alliance, located at Airport Residential Area in Accra. The festival was dedicated to the memory of the late Mexican Ambassador accredited to Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, H. E Enrique Escorza, who passed on in November 2022.
Being the seventh edition, the Ibero American Film Festival screened a variety of projects, including features, short films and documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American filmmakers.
The film festival, held each night from 6 pm, has the aim of promoting Ibero American stories, culture and messages of social impact. In addition, it showcases acclaimed films by directors from Brazil, Spain, Columbia, Cuba, Peru and Mexico with a diverse range of Latin American context and perspectives.
This year, the festival opened with the Columbian movie, Jerico; the infinite flight of days. Jerico is a film which reflects a colourful, poetic and lush journey in a beautiful Colombian village, Jericó, through the eyes of eight women of all ages and social conditions.
Other films – including Achero Mañas’ directed Spanish drama film, El Bola; Cuban drama, Habana station; Peruvian movie, Viaje a Tombuctu Pixinguinha; and Brazilian project, Pixinguinha – were also screened.
Spanish Ambassador to Ghana Javier Gutierrez, Peruvian Ambassador to Ghana Abel Antonio Cardenas Tuppia, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana, Arturo Agustín Salazar González, spoke about the importance of the Ibero American Film Festival.
The festival closed with the Mexican movie La Buenas Hiebas.