Escaramuza & Elena at SF Doc Fest, Co-Presenting

We’re happy to be co-presenting these two films at SF Doc Fest– which runs from June 6-23 in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Elena- Brazil- Dir. Petra Costa 2012 87 Minutes

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood and years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an aspiring actress, goes to New York searching for her. She hopes to find her walking in the streets. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.

Balboa Theater/SF  6/7 9PM
Roxie Theater/SF    6/9 7PM & 6/10 9PM
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Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart- USA- Dir. Bill Yahraus 2012 89 Minutes 

Every weekend, at rodeos from Illinois to California, teams of young Mexican-American women, escaramuzas charras, climb onto sidesaddles and weave their galloping horses through high-speed ballets, as heartstopping as the revolutionary-era skirmishes for which they’re named. The documentary follows one such team, Las Azaleas, on their quest to represent California and the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where to be Charro is to be Mexican.  

Roxie Theater/SF 6/9 5PM &  6/20 7PM
Rio Theater-Santa Cruz 6/22 5PM
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Posted by: @SFLucho

 

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

 

Pedro Armendariz, Jr. Dies

Beloved Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, Jr. died on December 26, 2011 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. He was undergoing treatment in a New York city hospital .

Armendariz had a long career in Mexico and in the US on both television and film.  He appeared in more than 100 films including westerns, dramas, comedies, and action films. Some of the more recent titles include “Un Mundo Maravilloso” and “La Ley de Herodes” by director Luis Estrada; “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”;  “Original Sin”; zorro films “The Mask of Zorro” and  “The Legend of Zorro” alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  He appeared in tele-novela “La Fuerza del Destino”, carried on Univision, which just aired the final episode this past Monday to an audience of nearly 8 million viewers.

We will have a chance to see him once again in a yet to be released film, ” Casa De Mi Padre”,  a Spanish language comedy starring Will Ferrell along with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.

 

 

 

Upcoming screenings – Undertow & Immigration Nation!

Undertow

Undertow/Contracorriente

June 14 –  7PM- BollyHood Cafe

Join us for an encore screening of “UNDERTOW” on June 14 at BollyHood Cafe in the Mission.

Doors open at 7PM. Film at 8PM.  Meet up with other film lovers and join us for a drink. Cash bar. Co-presented with JCE Cinema. Click on the Brown Paper Tickets below to buy tickets.