Al Otro Lado – Screening Thursday May 24 8PM

Join us for this special screening & discussion this Thursday at 8PM at Artists’ Television Access 992 Valencia X 21st in San Francisco’s Mission District.
AL OTRO LADO, Dir. Natalia Almada, US/Mexico, 2005, 66 min.  In Spanish with English subtitles. 8-10PM  VIEW THE TRAILER

Discussion with Ted Lewis, Human Right Director, Global Exchange and Ethan Nadelman, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, follows screening. $6 donation.

Like many in Sinaloa, the drug capital of Mexico, 23-year-old Magdiel faces two choices to better his life: trafficking drugs or crossing the border into the United States. Yet Magdiel has a special talent that could be his ticket out: composing corridos – ballads about the narcotics underworld and undocumented immigrant life. For over 200 years corridos have been Mexico’s musical underground newspaper and the voice of those rarely heard outside their communities. From Sinaloa, Mexico, to the streets of South Central and East L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the world of drug smuggling, immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all. Featuring

Film still: Al Otro Lado

Film still: Al Otro Lado

Los Tigres del Norte, Jenni Rivera, Jessie Morales, among other acclaimed musicians, Natalia Almada’s debut feature film is ”a glimpse of art running parallel to daily life.” (The New York Times).Presented by what moves you?, Cinema Tropical and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLACS) at New York University, in partnership with Cine+Mas SF/San Francisco Latino Film Festival

Thanks to ATA for having us.

Community Screenings at Main SF Public Library

We’ll be screening three films on Friday May 25th at the Main San Francisco Public Library (Civic Center) in the Koret Auditorium located on the lower level.  100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA .

This is an encore screening of two films from past editions of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival- YVEETE and COOKING UP DREAMS- and an early screening of a recently completed film FESTIVE LAND: CARNAVAL IN BAHIA. The films screen back to back starting at 1PM.  We’ll have the pleasure of having filmmaker Carolina Moraes-Liu in attendance for FESTIVE LAND.

Cooking Up Dreams 1PM

Dir. Ernesto Cabellos, 2009 Peru , 75 min.
This documentary journeys to the kitchens of Peru’s coast, highlands and jungle, as well as Peruvian expat communities in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York for answers. From the most humble family kitchens to the poshest restaurants, from stories of pioneering Peruvian chefs abroad to those who preserve ancient recipes at home, we find that Peru’s cuisine is deliciously integrating for its people, who have historically been marked by ethnic and economic differences. Renowned chefs such as Gaston Acurio, Ferran Adria, Juan Mari Arzak and Bernardo Roca Rey share their views on Peru’s cuisine alongside those unsung chefs, who also dream of Peru’s cuisine as a motor of development. Spanish with subtitles.

Yveete 2:30PM

Dir. Rogelio Almedia, 2008 USA , 104 min.

When a young Chicana , Yveete is sent to live with her grandmother in Mexico after a misunderstanding involving a local drug dealer, she finds that all is not what it seems in this heartwarming drama of cultural and national identity as well as acceptance set in a small Mexican town. Film in English & Spanish.

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia 4:30Pm

Dir. Carolina Moraes-Liu, 2012 USA, 60 min
Filmmaker in attendance.

Examines one of the largest and most extraordinary popular celebrations in the world, the week-long Carnival that brings more than two million people to the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Carnival is the most expressive showcase of the unique cultural richness of Bahia, where African culture has survived, prospered, and evolved, mixing with other Brazilian influences to create forms found nowhere else in the world. The film captures this unique cultural energy through extraordinary footage of musical performances, dances, religious manifestations, and street celebrations.
At the same time, Carnival reflects the racial and social tensions of Brazil’s heterogeneous society. At first glance there appear to be two million people chaotically mixed on the streets, but a more detailed look reveals how patterns of segregation driven by racial, social and economic differences continue in Carnival.
Featuring: Gilberto Gil / Daniela Mercury / Armandinho