Flamenco doc Guitarra de Palo at Brava Theater April 6

In honor of Paco de Lucia, Bay Area Flamenco is celebrating his life and talent with a memorable program of flamenco performances with reknown artists and a documentary film premiere on Sunday April 6 6PM at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Visit BayAreaFlamencoFestival.org for full program details and tickets.  Read more about the film, Guitarra de Palo, below.

Guitarra de Palo, by director Andrea Zapata Girau is an anthropological-musical documentary voyage without dialogue or narration: the music speaks for itself. Shot in Spain, Cuba, the United States, Nicaragua, Germany, Russia and the Cayman Islands, the flamenco guitar acts as the main character as the film showcases some of the most renowned names of flamenco and its contemporary fusions. The documentary is highlighted by its stunning cinematography and its sound design, the work of Goya Award winner (Spain’s Academy Awards) Pelayo Guiterrez and Nacho Royo-Villanova.

GUITARRA DE PALO trailer 2013 from guitarradepalo.

 

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Latin American Selections at 12th Human Rights Film Festival at University of San Francisco

The 12th Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco runs from April 3-5th. Admission is free and open to the public. Screenings take place on campus at Presentation Theater (2350 Turk Boulevard x Masonic).

As always, the festival includes thought provoking feature length documentaries and documentary shorts from around the world including Latin America. Here are four titles that we encourage you to see. For full program information and clips visit the USF website.

Thursday April 3rd 5:30PM
OPEN SKY Argentina, Filmmaker: Ines Compan, Year: 2009, 52 min
In rural northwest Argentina, the indigenous Kolla’s land and quality of life is threatened after the government permits a Canadian company, Standard Silver to open an ambitious open-sky silver mine in Mina Pirquitas. 

Friday April 4th  7:15 PM
ROSARIO 
Mexico, Filmmaker: Shula Erberg, Year: 2013, 70 min
The documentary is a portrait of Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a woman whose son disappeared at the hands of the security forces in 1975 in the city of Monterrey and whose life was transformed forever.

Saturday April 5th 12:45 PM
LA CIGUEÑA METALICA (Metal Stork)  Spain, Filmmaker: Joan Lopez Lloret, Year: 2012, 81 min
MetalStork, theTwenty years have passed since the signing of the Peace Agreements of the Salvadoran Civil War, a conflict between the army and the FMLN guerrillas. Armed forces’ operations in rural areas had devastating consequences for the civilian population, with thousands of dead and disappeared people. In the midst of the war, “la cigueña metálica” (the mechanic stork) determined the destiny of Ana Lilian, Ricardo y Blanca: Ricardo’s adoption by a military family, Ana Lilian’s wandering after surviving the massacre of her entire family, Blanca’s arrival to Spain. In the 1980s, they were disappeared children. Today, they try to understand their past to bring peace to their future.

Saturday April 5th 4:15 PM
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? UK, Filmmaker: Marc Silver, Year: 2012, 85 min
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”. Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity.

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Homebound Making Its Way City by City

homebound_3Homebound, a CMSF 5 official selection, is slowly but surely making its way around the country with screenings in Texas and Southern California. The film is written, directed, and produced by Fanny Veliz. She is also playing one of the central characters in the story. The film stars Enrique Castillo ( Weeds, Mars Attacks, Santa Barbara) and Jeremiah Ocanas ( Choosing Sides).

This is an American story that takes place in small-town Texas where issues of family, love, and values intersect. Richard is a successful young executive in Los Angeles but he’s pulled back home when his father falls ill. Though reluctant to be there, even a bitter-sweet past is trumped by family loyalties and an appreciation for a simpler life.

If you had a chance to see the film, write a review and help this talented filmmaker get her film wider distribution on VOD and iTunes.  Visit the Homebound film website to see where you can catch the film on the big screen.

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Cesar Chavez Bio-Pic Opens March 28

The highly anticipated bio-pic about civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez will be in theaters on March 28. Diego Luna directs his first English language film assembling a star-studded cast that includes Michael Peña (Crash, World Trade Center, Walkout), America Ferrera (Real Women Have Curves, Ugly Betty), Rosario Dawson (Kids, Clerks, Sin City), and John Malkovich ( Red, Places in the Heart, The Killing Fields).

UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies is hosting an early screening and chat with director Diego Luna on Wednesday March 5th at 7PM. Tickets are limited. Visit their page for details: http://bit.ly/1i9YY0f