A film about violence with no violence. From dusk to dawn, El Velador accompanies Martin, the guardian angel who, night after night, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this extraordinary new documentary reminds us how, in the turmoil of Mexico’s bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists and quietly defies the dead. (2011, 72 min, digital) For tickets visit http://www.ybca.org/el-velador
We’re giving away a pair of tickets for each screening. Email us at programming(at) sflatinofilmfestival.com with your name & the screening you wish to attend.
HARVEST OF EMPIRE A History of Latinos in America is a documentary that traces Latin American immigration to the US back to US foreign policy activities in the region. This is a film adaptation of Juan González (award winning journalist of Democracy Now!, New York Times, New York Daily News fame) book of the same name. Check out the trailer along with an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!
In addition to rare archival material, this film features interviews with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz, Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, poet Martin Espada, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Gerald Rivera.
Monday, November 12 2012: 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
2781 24th St, San Francisco
or at these stores: Modern Times, Marcus Books, City Lights, Global Exchange Store
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 3 screenings: 4:15 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm
Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland $10 advance tickets brownpapertickets.com /$12 at the the door 800-838-3006
or at these stores: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore ($12 door)
Wendy Thompson-Marquez is the President and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications, Inc. In 2004 she was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Media and Community Service Award. Currently she is a board member of Latino Public Broadcasting, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Community Foundation in D.C.
Miguel Guerrero, Web Producer at KPFA, is also the Executive Producer and Host for Rock en Rebelión, a weekly Latin Alternative music and Public Affairs radio show, airing on KPFA every Sunday at 5 PM.
Miguel Gavilan Molina, a longtime activist, is the Executive Producer of KPFA Radio’s La Onda Bajita, and Associate Producer of Flashpoints.
Davey D, Popular Hip Hop journalist and media activist, is the Executive Producer ofKPFA’s Hard Knock Radio.
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102 Adverse Reactions
108 Day of the Flowers
109 Dirty Hearts
112 F*ck My Wedding
113 Filly Brown
119 Machete Language
123 Not So Modern Times
124 Project Reus
127 Sin Padre
132 The Inca, The Silly Girl, & The Son of a Thief
137 Under My Nails
Adverse Reactions / Reacciones Adversas
Mexico 2011 74 min
Dir. David Michán
Daniel is a young man suffering from low self-esteem, who is incapable of defending himself from the abuses of employers and of society in general. He is on antidepressants to make his monotonous life more bearable; however, far from helping him, the medication heightens his condition with hallucinations and psychotic thoughts of vengeance that lead him to a state of total confusion between reality and his imagination.
Sept 15 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco Tickets: http://adversereactions.bpt.me
Spain 2011 95 min Comedy/Romance
Dir. Arturo Dueñas
Amateurs at living… because life is not suitable for professionals: several characters meet weekly in a theatre workshop in order to cultivate their favorite hobby and, at the same time, make up for their lack of affection and love from others.
Sept 15 1:15 PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://amateurs.bpt.me
Clubbing / De Caravana
Argentina 2011 96 min Adventure/Drama/Comedy
Dir. Rosendo Ruiz
Two seemingly disparate worlds intertwine when Juan Cruz, an upper-class photographer, is sent on an assignment to what he sees as the seedy clubbing scene of Cordoba. While photographing a La Mona Jimenez concert,he meets a beautiful woman named Sara and soon becomes ensnared in a slew of adventures. Yet as Juan becomes more a part of this lively, energetic, and somewhat shady scene, his ties to the upper-crust threaten both his budding relationship and his transition into a true artist.
Sept 15 5:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://clubbing.bpt.me
Sept 22 7:00PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets. http://clubbingmcc.bpt.me
Day of the Flowers
UK/Cuba 2012 100 min
Dir. John Roberts
Two young, strong-willed Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a born-to-shop fashionista, take their late father’s ashes to Cuba, the site of many intriguing family legends. Arriving in Havana, the two women promptly lose the ashes and go through a series of misadventures – both romantic and dangerous – to try to retrieve them, making some surprising discoveries along the way about the family ties that hold them together.
Sept 16 5:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets:http://dayoftheflowers.bpt.me
Dirty Hearts / Corações Sujos
Brazil 2011 107 min Drama
Dir. Vicente Amorim
USA 2012 90 min Drama
Dir. Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos
Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.
Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos
F*ck My Wedding / Que Pena Tu Boda
Chile 2011 96 min Comedy
Dir. Nicolás López
Javier and Angela have been dating for a while when they unexpectedly learn that they’re expecting a baby. The news takes their relationship to the next level but things get complicated when Lucia comes onto the scene, shaking-up the stability of the couple’s relationship. Community partner: LAM Network
Sept 16 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://fmywedding.bpt.me
The Inca, The Silly Girl, and the Son of a Thief / El Inca, La Boba, y el Hijo del Ladrón
Peru 2011 104 min
Dir. Ronnie Tenoche
In a small town in northern Peru, three characters whose cruel nicknames seem to both define and limit them, search for love and futures to escape their past.. The lives of an aging out of work wrestler, a roadside waitress , and an unlucky young man intersect as they find their way to life in the big city.
Sept 16 1PM Opera Plaza Cinema. http://theinca.bpt.me
Machete Language / Lenguaje de los Machetes
Mexico 2011 82 min
Dir. Kyzza Terrazas
Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche – Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist – try to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. Community partners: La Bohemia Productions, KPFA Radio, & Jaffe Events
Sept 16 9:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://machetelanguage.bpt.me
Not So Modern Times/ Tiempos Menos Modernos
2012 Argentina/Chile/Germany 95 min Drama/Comedy
Dir. Simon Franco
Payaguala is a stoic but endearing sheep herder descended from the indigenous people of Patagonia (Argentina). When a government program aiming to modernize the distant and isolated countryside with phone and tv service, a far away world suddenly comes to his doorstep. How will his life change? This warm comedy puts us in touch with what life is like when these two worlds intersect.
Sept 15 7:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://times.bpt.me
Sept 23 5:00PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://timesmcc.bpt.me
Uruguay/Brazil 2011 90 min
Dir. Pablo Fernandez, Alejandro Pi, Eduardo Piñero
In Montevideo, in the mythical Reus Neighborhood the power struggle between Tano´s family and the Jewish store owners is about to explode. A new drug arrives, and the old codes are broken. The end of an era is near.
Sept 16 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://reus.bpt.me Sin Padre
USA 2012 90 min Drama
Dir. Jay Francisco Lopez, Maria Fe Picar
Juan is a street-smart, 17 year-old Honduran in the Mission District of San Francisco. When he is given an assignment to write about where he comes from, Juan is reminded of a deep pain in his life: his fatherless childhood. With only a faint memory to guide him, Juan uses the assignment to search for his father. But as he continues to push for the truth, it leads him down a path he never expected. – Not appropriate for children. Mature audiences. Violence sexual in nature.
Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me
USA 2012 80 min Drama
Dir. Ramon Hamilton
Separated families will go to great lengths to be reunited with their loved ones. In this story, Miguel and Hilaria, mother and son, are making their way across the U.S.-Mexican border in a hidden compartment of a tourist bus. Winner at Reel Rasquache Film Festival (Los Angeles) and the Mexico Film Festival (Baja California). Shown with short: Miles Away
Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me
Under My Nails
Puerto Rico 2011 102 min Thriller
Dir. Ari Maniel Cruz
Solimar is a young Puerto Rican woman working in a New York City nail salon. In her building, she learns she has new neighbors- a Dominican couple with a penchant for rough sex. Their intimate life both frightens and arouses her. When Roberto’s wife leaves for a visit to the Dominican Republic, Solimar goes from obsessed voyeur to active participant when she begins a tumultuous affair with him.
Sept 16 9:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://undermynails-sf.bpt.me
Sept 21 7:30PM ATA Tickets: http://undermynails.bpt.me
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117 Justice for My Sister
118 Looking for Larisa
122 Ninos de La Memoria/Children of Memory
138 Unfinished Spaces
139 Voices of Chile
Spain 2011 90 min
Dir. Asier Altuna
Bertsolari is a Basque oral tradition that is a blend of poetry, improvisation, and song. Amateur bertsolaris can be heard at parties and bars, but the best of the best compete in a championship where 14,000 people gather to watch their art take shape. The tradition is an essential part of Basque culture and its poetry is mimicked in the rugged landscapes and poignant symbolism of Asier Altuna’s cinematography.
*Shown with short, Bombing Arizona
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://bpt.me/266308
USA 2011 56 min
Dir. Dino Dinco
To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang. What’s that like? This documentary takes a close look at the lives of several former gang members from the Los Angeles area as they journey down the path of self-realization and self-acceptance in a world that seemingly at odds with a gay identity.
*Shown with short: Fallen Comrade
Sept 16 7:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://homeboy.brownpapertickets.com
Justice for My Sister
USA/Guatemala 2012 69 min
Dir. Kimberly Bautista
Looking for Larisa/ Buscando a Larisa
Mexico 2012 79 min
Dir. Andrés Pardo Piccone
Imagine rummaging through a flea market and coming across someone’s family pictures and films. Who would get rid of such meaningful mementos and why? After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop, the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little blond girl in the pictures and films. This chance encounter with a family’s belongings becomes a captivating human study of memory and media.
Sept 15 7:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa.bpt.me
Sept 17 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center,
Niños de la Memoria/ Children of Memory
USA 2012 64 min
Dir. María Teresa Rodríguez During the Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s, hundreds of children disappeared. Many were survivors of massacres, taken by U.S.-trained soldiers of the Salvadoran Army and permanently separated from their communities and identities. Now, a human rights organization called Pro-Búsqueda is helping to reunite these children with their families. This documentary follows survivors of the war to the present, revealing a heartbreaking search to reclaim former bonds and identities in a country slowly healing itself from the scars of war.
*Shown with short: Each Time I Remember I Forget
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the journalist. More than 40 members of the media have been slain or have vanished since Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón came to power in 2006 and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. Will the free press be silenced?
*Shown with short, The Crocodile
Chile/Peru/France 2012 94 min
I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my aunt Sibila was in prison accused of forming part of the Shining Path. I was seven years old and my parent’s protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was kept in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand. Sibila is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past. It is also an encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.
Sept 16 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://sibila.brownpapertickets.com
USA 2011 96 min
Dir. Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art.
Sept 19 7:30PM Galeria de La Raza, Tickets: http://unfinishedspaces.bpt.me
Voices of Chile
Chile/USA 2011 62 min
Dir. Cyrus Omoomian
Observes the challenges of achieving democracy after a dictatorship has collapsed. Corporations, Media and Education are candidly discussed through stories and facts.
From the peaks of the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chileans candidly address key issues relevant to other nations who are seeking democracy.
*Shown with short, The Volcano.
Get the entire schedule here: http://bit.ly/FestSchedule2012. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.
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101 A Doctor’s job
104 Behind the Mirror
106 Bombing Arizona
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
121 Miles Away
129 The Crazy Life
130 The Crocodile
131 The Empty Nest
133 The Invisible Line
134 The People’s Wardrobe
135 The Volcano
136 Tropico Exotico
140 We’re All Meant To Be Queens
There are three programs including Latin America, LGBT, and US Latino. Some shorts are paired with features.
Every Time I Remember I Forget/ Cada Vez Que Me Acuerdo Me Olvido
Uruguay/Spain/UK 2011 14 min
Dir. Laura González
Maria is an old lady suffering from Alzheimers who keeps returning to her childhood during the Spanish Civil War. Rosa, a young Colombian, has lived through a war in her own country. When she starts taking care of Maria, it is the beginning of a special relationship.
*Shown with feature- Children of Memory
Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.bpt.me
Sept 23 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://memory.bpt.me
The Invisible Line / La Línea Invisible
Mexico/France/USA 2011 43 min
Dir. Lisa Díez Gracia
The Hñahñu (Otomi Indians) community of El Alberto, Hidalgo (Mexico) organizes a strange tourist attraction. An eco-park by day, after nightfall transforms into a representation of the U.S.-Mexican border. Community members help reenact the illegal border crossing, complete with border patrol and narcos, in order to give tourists a more realistic perspective on the trials of the journey. Shown with Maestra.
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me
USA 2012 33 min
Dir. Catherine Murphy
Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. This story is told through the personal testimonies of the young women who taught in rural communities across the island – and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.
*Shown with The Invisible Line
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me
USA 2012 12 min
Dir. Ariel Dovas, Jose Alfaro
On moving day, a mother and her son unpack their differences and discover a new home together. *Shown with feature, Smuggled, Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza. Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me
The Volcano/ El Volcan
2012 Chile 22 min
Dir. Pablo Abrahams
Latin American Shorts Program
Sept 26 7:30PM ATA, ickets: http://latinamericanshorts.bpt.me Dry / A Secas
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Andreas Papacostas
An animated short on water conservation. The Empty Nest / El Nido Vacío
Spain/Venezuela/USA 2012 25 min
Director/Writer: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti
A scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist embarks on a journey to reconnect with her angst-ridden son after discovering his troubles may stem from the sizable ‘problem’ tucked inside his trousers. Inverse, 3 ½ Turns, in Position C/ Inverso Tres y Media Vueltas, en Posición C Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Carlos Lenin
A young man dives into the abyss. Alongside him, a young couple caresses and smiles hanging onto a moment of ecstasy. The People’s Wardrobe/ El Ropero del Pueblo
Chile 2011 20 min
Dir. Peter McPhee Cruz
Chile, 1932. In middle of an economic depression Alicia helps by repairing worn out clothes that are delivered to poor people. She meets a younger girl who forms part of the world Alicia will discover: the world of poverty. A friendship ensues despite their differences and the political tension around them. Trópico Exótico
Colombia 2012 22 min
Dir. Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Emilio’s dream of being an established musician is coming to fruition as his band becomes more and more successful. Then Violeta, his ex-girlfriend and muse, suddenly comes back one night, shaking things up and reigniting their relationship. Just when everything seems to be going right, destiny plays a dirty card that will change their lives.
LGBT Latino Shorts Program
Sept 26 at ATA. Tickets: http://lgbtshorts.bpt.me Fallen Comrade
USA 2012 13 min Drama
Dir. James Valdez
A story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. *Also show with feature doc, Homeboy, Sept 16 7:15.
Recipe for Love
2011 USA 26 min. LGBT
Dir. Chauncey Wales
Two women from different backgrounds embark on a journey of self-discovery, passion, and their love of food.
We’re All Meant To Be Queens /Todas Íbamos a Ser Reinas
USA 2012 25 min
Dir. Miguel Angel Astudillo
An intimate portrait of Aurora Grajeda & Rosa Cortez, two transgender women from Mexico living in San Francisco., where the intersecting experience of migration and self-discovery, reveal the inner struggle in coming to terms with their true identity .
US Latino Shorts Program
Sept 22 1PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://uslatinoshorts.bpt.me Bombing Arizona
USA 2012 8 min
Dir. Ricardo Bracamonte
What’s the motivation behind the work of graffiti artists? The answers, both diverse and surprising, form a nuanced study of street art in Arizona. *Also shown with feature doc, Bertsolari, Sept 15 5:15pm. Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://bertsolari.bpt.me
The Crocodile / El Cocodrilo
USA 2012 15 min
Dir. Steve Acevedo
A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner with tragic consequences for both.
*Also shown with feature doc, Reporter, Sept 16 Opera Plaza Cinema Tickets:http://reporter.bpt.me and Sept 28 7PM MACLA Tickets: http://reportero.bpt.me
A Doctor’s Job / ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor!
Peru/USA 2011 10 min
A stubborn but caring ER physician has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in Lima, a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics.
Also shown with feature, Sin Padre, Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me
God Only Watches / Dios Solo Mira
Puerto Rico 2011 15 min Drama
Dir. Alejandro Villalba, Miguel Díaz Rivera
In the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti, a photojournalist chooses to take the picture of a man’s suicide instead of saving his life. But as the photo becomes infamous, he is haunted by a series of mysterious photos that depict his own death.
La Vida Loca
Dir. Adrian Nava
USA 2012 28 min
A film based on a true story about the Chicano gang life and a young man’s search for redemption after his friend is murdered.
Finding love in the big city is never easy. But it’s always entertaining in this bouncy romantic comedy from first time feature filmmaker Terracino. Complete with wild visual nuances, surprising fantasy interludes and a non-traditional approach to just about every aspect of filmmaking, this a must see for connoisseurs of brave new cinema.
Con Tu Nombre Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre
This collection of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a strong blend of poder, fe y nuestra familia. Family photos entwine with sacred ritual and relationship remembrance, fly homeboys and crushed-out schoolgirls explore their deseos, a ranchero yearns of being una reina, and a precious regalo is shared with comunidad.
Habana Muda Monday, June 18 at 1:30PM, Castro Theatre
Amor speaks louder than words in Eric Brach’s compassionate documentary that follows the complicated romantic entanglements and émigré dreams of Chino, a charismatic deaf-mute bisexual who supports his female partner and kids in rural Cuba while falling for a Mexican lover in Havana.
Mosquita y Mari Saturday, June 16 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre
Monday, June 18 at 7:00PM, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
A sweet and genuine film about two Chicana high schoolers, Yolanda, a shy, straight-A student, and Mari, her “bad girl” classmate, as they come into their own and come to grips with their budding romance.
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
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.
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
Cine+Mas SF is excited to co-present two films in the upcoming San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival which runs from April 13-15th.
MORIR DE PIE- DIE STANDING UP This film idirected by Jacaranda Correa comes from Mexico. This is the inspiring story of Irina Layewska, a tireless fighter and advocate for personal freedoms, fighting for progressive causes. Having idolized Che Guevara, Irina fought in the Cuban solidarity movement. When faced with a fatal illness, Irina decides to undertake a personal revolution, to welcome the woman he has always had inside him. It’s also the love story of Irina and lifelong partner Nelida.
ALL SHE CAN is a film directed by Amy Wendel from the US. In a small south Texas town, there aren’t many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military, or fast-food restaurants. Luz Garcia, a fiery high-school athlete, is determined to forge a different future; she’s gained admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can’t afford to go. With her one shot at a scholarship riding on the state powerlifting championship, she sees no choice but to bend the rules to ensure her victory. Although Luz’s rashness and frustration land her in increasingly hotter water, they also fuel her with courage and empowerment.
Rarely do we see a female protagonist with such agency, intelligence, and flawed humanity, and the experience is enormously satisfying. With lush naturalism, Benavides Born nimbly portrays the textured world of an America seldom explored onscreen: a place where multifaceted, third-generation Mexican-American characters, conscious of obstacles and opportunities, fight to shape their own lives.
We had a chance to attend a viewing of the new “Photography of Mexico” exhibition at SFMOMA last week. It’s an impressive installation of photographs that are part of the museum’s collection. A recent donation of photographs prompted the museum to assemble this study which covers a diverse range of subjects and styles from the 1920’s to now.
The exhibition includes photographs by Mexican, American, and European photographers. Some of you may be familiar with the work of Lola Flores Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, or Manuel Carillo.
One of the images that grabbed our attention because of a connection to a film is by Tina Modotti. Some of you may recall that she was portrayed by Ashley Judd in the 2002 biopic FRIDA. Tina Modotti and several other luminaries were contemporaries of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Post-revolutionary Mexico was a magnet for artists, activists, writers, and political thinkers.
Click on the image to get more details about the exhibition- which includes lectures and special events. The exhibition runs through July 8, 2012.