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Panamanian filmmakers try to get a foothold in Hollywood while building a film industry at home

Carrasco still feels strong ties though to his native country. That’s why he organized the annual Panamanian International Film Festival, which just celebrated its fourth edition recently in Los Angeles. The two-day festival, held at the downtown Los Angeles Theatre Center, featured 40 films, many of them from Panama but also from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru.