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WELCO M E B I ENV ENI D O ¥Bienvenidos! Welcome to the 25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival! Wow. Incredible, how time has flown by! I am overwhelmed to realize all of the unique movies we’ve screened; the live bands that have played; the visual artists who have exhibited their works; the visiting filmmakers/actors who have attended and shared their craft; and all of the lives that this film festival has touched during an amazing twenty-five years! Looking through past festival catalogues to research information before this film festival even had a webpage, and combing through 1000s of photos, reminds me how extremely fortunate our organization is. So many filmmakers, actors, staff persons, volunteers, Board Members, family members, and attendees have given much of their precious time to come together. We’ve worked hard to celebrate great Latino Cinema that empowers new voices to be heard, and expresses the many diverse stories of the Latino Experience, which otherwise would never have seen a movie screen in this San Diego - Baja California region. All of the long hours and dedicated work also allowed our non-profit organization, Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD), to be formed and sustainable. Via MACSD, 1000s of youth and community members have been telling their own stories through the years; and at the same time, learning educational, cooperative, and video production skills. This is both a time to celebrate and also to reflect upon all of the challenging work still ahead of us. We are living in extremely difficult times; and this past year has shown us how much still needs to be done! We need to make sure more women filmmakers are making more movies; and that the male-dominated film industry is transformed. We need to celebrate our diversity and make sure more Latinos are better represented in front of and behind the cameras. And, finally, we need to continue to create stories that better humanize the Border, refugee and immigration experiences; so that once and for all we can rid our country of intolerance and individual and institutional racism. During the next eleven days, we will do our best to celebrate and to honor our 25 year history as a film festival; and we will take bold steps to present new and innovative movies from the next generation of Latino filmmakers. As you sit back and enjoy both the films from the past and the new movies; remember, we are only here today because of the sacrifice and hard work of those artists, community members, scholars, activists, filmmakers, and actors who have paved the way for us and opened so many doors. Thank you for all the years of support. Nos vemos en el cine!

Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director/Founder

Media Arts Center San Diego, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization

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TA B L E OF C ONTENTS ¡BIENVENIDOS!... PAGE 3

PANTELION PRESENTS SHOWCASE... PAGE 32

COMMUNITY PARTNERS... PAGE 4

¡SOMOS! CINE LGBTQ+ SHOWCASE... PAGE 34

FESTIVAL STAFF... PAGE 5

CAMINO AL MUNDIAL SHOCASE... PAGE 37

SPONSORS... PAGE 6-7

DE AQUÍ SOY SHOWCASE... PAGE 38-39

PARTIES... PAGE 8

LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS... PAGE 41

TICKET INFORMATION... PAGE 9

SCHEDULE OF FILMS ... PAGE 42-43

YOUTH VISIONS... PAGE 11

RITMO LATINO ... PAGE 44

MEXICO TODAY SHOWCASE... PAGE 12

TU CINE... PAGE 46

SPOTLIGHT FILMS SHOWCASE... PAGE 14-17

VIVA MUJERES... PAGE 48

FRONTERA FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE... PAGE 18

EL CORAZÓN SHOWCASE... PAGE 50

JEWISH LATINO FILM SHOWCASE... PAGE 19

NARRATIVE FILM SYNOPSES... PAGE 52-65

25th ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASE... PAGE 21

DOCUMENTARY FILM SYNOPSES... PAGE 67-74

PARA LA FAMILIA... PAGE 23

SHORT PROGRAM SYNOPSES... PAGE 75-81

UN MUNDO EXTRAÑO SHOWCASE... PAGE 25

INDEX... PAGE 82

AVENTURAS SHOWCASE... PAGE 28 ¡DOCUMANÍA!... PAGE 30-31

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Big Brothers Big Sisters Of San Diego County (www.sdbigs.org)

Hearts for San Diego (www.heartsforsd.org)

Pura Buena Onda (www.purabuenaonda.com)

Border Angels (www.borderangels.org)

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (www.hifilmfest.com)

San Diego County Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce (www.sdchcc.org)

Brazilian Productions (www.brazilcarnival.com)

House Of Mexico (Houseofmexico.org)

San Diego Italian Film Festival (sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com)

Corazon De Vida (www.corazondevida.org)

House Of Puerto Rico (Houseofpuertorico.com)

The San Diego LBGT Community Center (www.thecentersd.org/programs)

Culture and Language Center (www.cultureandlanguagecenter.com)

Loftin & Masri, APC. (www.loftinmasrilaw.com)

The Worldview Project/San Diego Participant Observer (worldviewproject.org)

Filmout San Diego (www.filmoutsandiego.com)

Mana San Diego (www.manasd.org)

Vanguard Culture (vanguardculture.com)

German Currents

Pacific Arts Movement (http://pacarts.org)

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FESTI VAL STAFF MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO

FESTIVAL STAFF

Amanda Barcena, Operations Associate Ryan Kuratomi, Media Director Brian Myers, Production and Programs Manager Larry Da Silveira, Education Coordinator Marco Chavez, Cinema Associate Kristian Perez-Franco, Cinema Associate Gabriela Espinal, Cinema Associate Christopher Simon, Media Arts Instructor Shanna Trenholm, Development Evan Apodaca, Media Arts Instructor Brian Jenkins, Youth Media Arts Instructor

Ethan Van Thillo, Founder/Executive Director Moises Esparza, Programming Manager Juan Lopez, Exhibitions Coordinator Rosana Marques, Marketing & Special Events Manager Pilar Kuri, Sponsorship Manager Larissa Vega, Talent Relations Coordinator Keli Palleres, Talent Relations Associate Teresa Rinaldi, Talent Relations Associate Laura Castañeda, Press Coordinator (US) Nancy Moya, Press Coordinator (Mexico) Daniela Porter, Party Coordinator Livier Solorzano, Sabor / Events Coordinator Andy Gonzalez, Arte Latino Saul Silva, Sonido Latino Paola Hernández-Jiao, Festival Ambassador / Host Mario Alvarado, Web Design Franko Rosas, Graphic Design Greg Penetrante, Technology Associate Helen Guzman, Will Call Maria DiGregorio, Will Call Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Festival Programmer Mario Diaz, Festival Programmer Ruben Reyes, Theater Manager Yakira Delgadillo, Theater Manager Amanda Milton, Box Office Representative Monique Delgadillo, Box Office Representative Anissa Ruiz, Box Office Representative

INTERNS / VOLUNTEERS: Alessandro Casaro Allison Lambert Amanda Cuilty Ana Carrillo April Espinosa Araceli Medina Ayla Guttman Celine Soliz

FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION COMMITTEE Aaron Willcott Avery Wood Charlotte Hartwell Cindy Cesare Cuauhtémoc Ruelas Danny Soley David Gonzalez Edda Manriquez Ethan van Thillo

Huda Ahmed Jeff Gregory John Cruz John Kiladis Juan Lopez Kania Hayes Kevin Mitchell Larry Da Silveira Maria Elena Delgado

Matt Phillips Miguel Rodriguez Moises Esparza Riley Smith Sienna Dimuro Susana Demaestri Teresa Rinaldi Yakira Delgadillo

POSTER SELECTION COMMITTEE Adolfo Ventura (MAAC Project & MACSD Board Member) Alexis Emilio Contreras (Graphic Designer at Mindgruve) Andy Gonzalez (La Onda Arte) Professor Courtney Mayer (Point Loma Nazarene University)

JURY Iván Avila Dueñas, Filmmaker Kelly Daniela Norris, Filmmaker Jesus Magaña, Filmmaker Cristina Herrera Borquez, Filmmaker Kate Trumbull - LaValle, Filmmaker Marvin Lemus, Filmmaker

Joshua Salaises, Youth Media Arts Instructor Nathaniel Pope, Youth Media Arts Instructor Simon Christopher, Youth Media Arts Instructor Alex Wesser, Youth Media Arts Instructor Quyên Nguyen-Le, Youth Media Arts Instructor Andrew Norbeck, Youth Media Arts Instructor Katy Gilmore, Youth Media Arts Instructor Xareni Lizarraga, Youth Media Arts Instructor

Itzel Rousseau Kevin Mitchell Mariela Victoria Olivia Lee Raniah Chalingo Richard Babiarz Riley Smith Roneliz Capati

Sarah Jane Shirley Chan Taylor Owens

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Luis Gonzalez, Board President Wells Fargo, AVP, Corporate Communications

John Kiladis, Director Marketing & Communications, San Diego Gas & Electric

Daniel Cruz Gonzalez, Vice President Retired, City of San Diego

Paul Espinosa, Director President/CEO of Espinosa Productions

Adolfo Ventura, M.A., Treasurer MAAC, Director of Operations

Mathew Eisen, Director Brand + Creative Communications, Illumina

Francisco Mata, Secretary San Ysidro School District, Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Services

Gustavo M. Rios, Director Attorney at Law, Project Advisory & Construction and Business Litigation

Linda Caballero-Sotelo, Director Executive Director of the New Americans Museum

Cindy Cesare, Director Journalist and field producer, CBS News/48 Hours

Gustavo Perez, Director Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP’s Indirect Tax Practice, State and Local Tax

Taina Berardi, Director Communications, Digital Marketing

Vanessa Barron, Director Marketing and Advertising

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S P ON S O R S

Mil Gracias To Our 2018 Sponsors!

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SP O NSO RS

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PARTIES

OPENING NIGHT March 15th, 2018 / 8:00pm - 1:00am Location: Cafe Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 Tickets: $15 (before March 1st) $20 (before March 10th) $25 (between March 10th – March 14th) $30 (at the door) Includes: 1 Free Movie ticket to be used throughout 11 day fest! | 1 free Stella Artois drink ticket (to be used prior to 10pm) | Silent auction | All proceeds benefit Media Arts Center San Diego‘s education programs.

25th ANNIVERSARY AWARDS CEREMONY GALA & CONCERT March 21, 2018 5:30-8:00pm: Awards Ceremony & Dinner 8:00pm-1:00am: Live concert & Centerpiece After Party Location: MusicBox in Little Italy 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 Tickets: $50 Before March 15th $60 In Advance (March 15- March 20th) $70 At the Door $280 Table (4 per table) Includes: Awards Ceremony (5:30-8:00pm): Dinner, Wine, Dessert | After Party & Live concert w/ Shadowplay and Los Duques (8:00pm-12:00am) | All proceeds benefit Media

CLOSING NIGHT March 24th, 2018 / 8:00PM - 1:00AM Location: Bread & Salt 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113 Tickets: $20 Ticket before March 15, 2018 $25 Ticket between March 15th – March 23rd, 2018 $30 Ticket at door March 24th, 2018 Includes: 1 Free Movie ticket to be used throughout 11 day fest! ! | Light appetizers | 2 free drink tickets (Stella Artois & more!)

Arts Center San Diego’s youth education programs. The chance to mingle w/ guest filmmakers & actors, y más! Concert Only (Shadowplay and Los Duques):

Tickets available at the Box Office or On-Line at: sdlatinofilm.com/openingnight sdlatinofilm.com/awardsgala sdlatinofilm.com/closingparty

$15 (in advance) $20 (day/night of concert)

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T I CK ET I NFO RM ATI O N BOX OFFICES:

PASSES & TICKET PACKS:

AMC Fashion Valley 18 Starting March 15th, tickets and passes may be purchased at the film festival’s Box Office Tent located directly in front of AMC Fashion Valley 18 (7037 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108). Box Office Hours: 3:15pm-10:15pm daily.

$35 Shorts Program Ticket Pack Watch five different Shorts programs for the price of three! Limit two per customer. – a $60.00 value!

Digital Gym Cinema North Park Tickets for all movie screenings (both at AMC Fashion Valley 18 and at Digital Gym Cinema North Park), can also be purchased at MACSD’s Digital Gym Cinema Box Office. The Digital Gym Cinema North Park is located at 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104 (off 805 Freeway, between 30th St & Kansas St). Box Office Hours: 9AM-9PM Monday thru Friday and 11:30AM-9PM on Saturday and Sunday. After you have purchased your pass or tickets online, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Please bring this e-mail along with your ID to pick-up your order at the 2018 San Diego Latino Film Festival Concierge Desk / Will Call Station at AMC Fashion Valley 18, Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 beginning March 15th at 4PM. During the festival the Will Call Station will be open from 4PM – 10 PM and on weekends from 12 noon – 10 PM.

TICKET PRICES: General Admission – $12 Senior/Student/Military – $10 Member rate – $9 Please note: No discounts offered for any festival primetime screenings (7-9pm) except for MACSD / Cine Club Members. Note: SDLFF 2018 will now be using Agile’s online ticketing system for advanced sales. So, there IS a convenience fee of $1.00 per ticket bought online. No convenience fee if you buy at the door.

SPECIAL EVENTS (SABOR LATINO): Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival at Fashion Valley Mall (in front of River Plaza) March 17th, Saturday, 1-5pm Purchase tickets online: at sdlatinofilm.com/sabor-latino

ADMISSION COST: Early Bird (before March 1st) VIP: $45 General Admission: $35 Designated Driver: $20

After March 1st & Day Of VIP: $50 General Admission: $40 Designated Driver: $25

SPECIAL! GROUP SALES!

Price Each $9 $8

$120 FILM PASS / Includes: - Entrance to 11 films of your choosing - Access to the VIP Priority Seating Line which grants early admittance to every show. - Live Film Talks – get up close and person to the stars! Limit two per customer. – a $132 value! The Film Pass is Non-Transferable. Film Pass holders will receive 11 digital vouchers that must be redeemed for tickets to specific screenings. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Film Pass does NOT allow access to auditoriums without a ticket but provides you with the benefit of PREFERRED SEATING up to 20 minutes prior to showtime. Digital vouchers may be redeemed for tickets at the Concierge Desk / Will Call at AMC 18 Fashion Valley Cinema at Fashion Valley, starting on March 15th or online as soon as tickets are available. Make your film selections as early to ensure availability for popular screenings.

$225 FESTIVAL PASS / Includes: - OVER 160 programs - Access to the Priority Seating Line which grants early admittance to every show - VIP Lounge & Receptions - Live Film Talks – get up close and person to the stars! - Entrance to Opening Night Party - 1 year FREE CINE CLUB Amigo membership (includes 2 SDLFF Tickets, 2 Digital Gym Cinema Tickets for the year and more) - Special benefits throughout the year at Digital Gym CINEMA with Membership Card!

Limit two per customer. The Festival Pass is NON-TRANSFERRABLE – a $1,400 value. Note: the Festival Pass does NOT grant access to Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Festival and Awards Ceremony Gala and Concert.

$325 NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY VIP PASS - Over 160+ film programs - Access to the VIP Priority Seating Line which grants early admittance to every show - VIP Passes to Sabor Latino Beer & Wine Festival - 25th Anniversary Awards Gala & Concert (sit down dinner, tributes, live music & más!) - Live Film Talks – get up close to the stars! - Entrance to after parties - 1 year FREE CINE CLUB Amigo membership (includes 2 SDLFF Tickets, 2 Digital Gym Cinema Tickets for the year and more) - Plus, special benefits during the festival and throughout the year at our Digital Gym CINEMA North Park with your Membership Card! Limit two per customer. This pass is NON-TRANSFERABLE – a $2,000 value! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Looking to buy multiple tickets? Buy with a group and get discounts: Qty 10 – 25 26 – 50

$50.00 5-Movie Ticket Pack See any 5 movies for only $50! Get the Movie Ticket Pack of five vouchers today. Limit two per customer. A $60.00 value!

Pass holders will be allowed preferred entrance into theatres up to 20 minutes prior to showtime or until the pass holder allotment has been reached. Early arrival to all screenings is recommended. Passes do NOT guarantee seating and pass holders may not always be able to attend the film program of their first choice. Please be at your seat by the scheduled start time of your film. Empty seats may be resold after posted start time to accommodate rush line patrons.

Savings $3 $4

Buyer agrees that group sales tickets cannot be used for shows between 7pm – 9:30pm ORDER ONLINE OR CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY! Mon-Sun). Tickets are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. See festival 619-230-1938, JUAN@MEDIAARTSCENTER.ORG staff for further information. All group sales tickets must be made in advance and are not Disclaimer: Some films may be presented without English subtitles. sold at the box office. Group sales tickets must be purchased in person at: MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104 For more information, visit sdlatinofilm.com or call (619) 230-1938.

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YO UTH V I SI O NS A collection of youth-produced films from young filmmakers who use film as their primary method of artistic expression and to promote social change.

3/24 / 2:00pm / S1 Total running time 80 mins

A(MEXI)CAN (8 MIN) / BY SARAY AGUILAR A documentary about being a Mexican-American teenager going through a cultural identity crisis and trying to understand what it means to be Mexican-American. THE AZTEC DANCE (2 MIN) / BY MARIA MEDERO (MISSION MIDDLE SCHOOL, EUSD) This video showcases the cultural beauty and timeless customs of the Aztec Dance. It highlights the costumes, music, and familial tradition as it continues to inspire new generations. BEHIND THE CAMERA (5 MIN) / BY GAEL BAGBY-FONSECA, WYATT FARMER, MATTHEW FLICKINGER (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) Students participate in the Teen Producer Project at Media Art Center San Diego every semester, creating documentary and fictional films. Behind the Camera chronicles the journey of young filmmakers in the 2017 Spring Intro Program as they embark on an experience focused on empowering young voices, elevating their communities and fighting for change. BRUJA (8 MIN) / BY JAILYN ZABALA & EZEQUIEL "ZEKE" MEJIA (MAYLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER, NYC) A new generation of women challenge the stereotypes of witchcraft in contemporary society. DOJO CAFE (4 MIN) / BY TIMOTHY FRAHER (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) Highlighting a new cafe in City Heights that is building community and providing opportunities to residents. EBI SUSHI (5 MIN) / BY KARLA CORTEZ, KAREN MIRANDA (SOMERVILLE MEDIA CENTER) Short-form documentary about a sushi restaurant in Somerville, MA, owned and operated by Salvadoran immigrants. EDUCATION FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS (5 MIN) /BY ITZEL RIOS While many opportunities have opened up to undocumented students, there are still many barriers that stand in the way. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of these students make it to post-secondary education. Undocumented and DACA students who aspire to become someone, deserve the chance to do so. KCPA 47TH CHICANO PARK DAY NEWS STORY (3 MIN) /BY KING-CHAVEZ PREPARATORY ACADEMY Students interview the Chicano Park Steering Committee and artist Hector Villegas during 47th annual Chicano Park Day in Barrio Logan.

SANCTUARY CITIES / BY DRAKE RANKIN AND ALEJANDRO CATANO (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) A documentary short highlighting the work of ALCANCE, a local chronic disease prevention education program. Determined to honor the women involved with ALCANCE, REACH tells the story of the true power of their work: sharing information and empowering members of the community. SETTLING HOPE AND HOUSING FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES / BY GAEL BAGBY-FONSECA, WYATT FARMER, MATTHEW FLICKINGER (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) A compelling documentary short that brings light to the housing crisis among Haitian refugees in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. STILL LOVE (5 MIN) / BY MONICA MATUTE & ALEXANDER PUGA After attending unsuccessful therapy sessions, Sarah struggles to understand why she would be forced by her parents to get help over a relationship her sister had. TAKE BACK THE ALLEY (2 MIN)/ BY MARCUS MCELROY (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) Volunteers from Qualcomm, local residents, business owners, and artists converge in the alleyways to take part in their transformation by painting murals, installing signage, marking pathways, installing lights, weeding and planting, and a variety of other designs as determined by the community. TELEWOMEN (4 MIN) / BY MEGHAN ALLISON IBAÑEZ AND REEL VOICES Mexican women discuss women representation in the media from the two border countries. UMBRELLA OF HOPE (1 MIN) / BY AILEEN SANCHEZ AND ASHLEY MARTINEZ (MISSION MIDDLE SCHOOL, EUSD) This PSA urges viewers to understand that depression is a treatable condition and compels the viewer to offer "an umbrella of protection" to those experiencing depression. AN UNEASY TRUCE (3 ½ MIN) / BY SYLVIA COLT-LACAYO (BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION) A teen girl struggles with loving her body.

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PLAN A PLAN B (6 MIN)/ BY KIMBERLY MORENO CHAVEZ The stories of Haitian immigrants who were unable to cross to the United States, who instead found successful lives in Tijuana, Mexico. POWER OF OUR VOICES / BY TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT A documentary about City Heights youth and their determination to create a skate park in their neighborhood. REACH (3 MIN) BY JAVIER LAVEAGA, VICTORIA FUENTES, LIREN GONZALEZ, CHRIS MARTEN (TEEN PRODUCERS PROJECT) A documentary short highlighting the work of ALCANCE, a local chronic disease prevention education program. Determined to honor the women involved with ALCANCE, REACH tells the story of the true power of their work: sharing information and empowering members of the community.

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MEX I C O T O DAY SHOWCA SE The Mexico Today Showcase offers modern insights into Mexican society, including clever deconstructions of the nuclear family unit, an acerbic take-down of corporations and their predatory behaviors, contemporary romances and couplings, and work cultures that take turns for the sinister. Together, they create a frank and honest portrayal of present-day Mexico.

HELENA Dir. Alejandro Sugich (Mexico, 89 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama/Romance)

AMERICAN CURIOUS Dir. Gabylu Lara (Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/English subtitles, Romance)

3/24 S3 8:10 • 3/25 S9 3:20 A cross-cultural story of one man's journey toward identity, AMERICAN CURIOUS goes across the border with David Green, an adopted man who learns that the birth mother he never knew passed away and left a restaurant behind where the beautiful Sol (Ana Claudia Talancón, El crimen del Padre Amaro) is the chef.

3/20 S9 7:15 • 3/25 DGC 5:45 A bond is created between Mexican DJ Iván (Alfonso Dosal) and Spanish cello artist Julieta, when she arrives in Mexico City, alone and without plans. It seems her relationship with Luis, her fiancé and an important Orchestra director, is coming to an end. Iván takes care of Julieta over the span of 24 hours, resulting in an undeniable attraction. NOCTURNO Dir. Luis Ayhllón (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/16 S1 9:50 • 3/21 S10 9:15 Ana, a mysterious nurse, is hired to care for Oli, who is senile and terminally ill. Their tenuous relationship becomes even more uncomfortable when Ana reveals experiences from both of their pasts that they’ve shared.

AYÚDAME A PASAR LA NOCHE Dir. José Ramón Chávez (Mexico, 92 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/22 S9 8:40 • 3/25 DGC 11:00AM A family is at its breaking point. Dad (Hernán Mendoza) has kicked Mom out the house because she has a gambling addiction, their older child's fiancée wants to cancel their wedding, and the youngest child believes he can fix his family and bring them back together. An accident will make everyone reconsider their decisions; but the doctors say one of them will not make it through the night.

TIEMPO COMPARTIDO Dir. Sebastián Hoffman (Mexico, 96 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

EXTRAÑO PERO VERDADERO Dir. Michel Lipkes (Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/15 S2 9:45 • 3/22 S2 4:45 A garbage truck roams the streets of Mexico city, aboard it are four workers whose fates will collide. Every day they systematically clean up the city streets, which is challenging strenuous work. One night, they stumble upon the corpse of a man with a hidden wad of cash. The workers must decide to do the right thing or live with the moral consequences.

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3/15 S1 7:30 • 3/22 DGC 8:10 • 3/25 S1 3:40 In the sly and subversive Sundance winner Tiempo compartido, Pedro (Luis Gerardo Méndez, Club de Cuervos) and his wife Eva (Cassandra Ciangherotti) take their son on a “healing” vacation to a luxurious timeshare resort. Unfortunately, trouble presents itself from the get-go as they find out their unit has been double booked and that the resort itself is a site for disgruntled employees, among them Andres (Miguel Rodarte), and false promises. ZEUS Dir. Miguel Calderón (Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/17 S9 5:30 • 3/19 S9 4:30 Joel masks his mediocre life and unhealthy relationship with his mother by practicing falconry with his treasured hawk Zeus. The monotony of his life is shaken by the appearance of Ilse, a down-to-earth secretary. This new relationship leads to the unexpected loss of his hawk and as a consequence Joel has to confront some harsh realities.


FULL AD SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

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SP O T L I G H T FI LM S SHOWCA SE The most popular San Diego Latino Film Festival showcase brings you diverse selections from Latin America, the US., and beyond. Featuring art-house fare, critically acclaimed movies (even a few official Oscar submissions!) and commercial hits, this showcase provides something for everyone. Enjoy these films from emerging and established cinematic masters, featuring your favorite actors like Guillermo Francella, Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonsi and Pepe Serna!

BAD LUCKY GOAT Dir. Samir Oliveros (Colombia, 76 min., 2017, Creole w/ English subtitles, Dramedy)

3/15 S9 4:30 • 3/18 S2 12:00 • 3/24 DGC 8:25 After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise.

BROCHE DE ORO: COMIENZOS Dir. Raúl Marchand Sánchez (Puerto Rico, 87 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)

3/18 S1 4:30 • 3/21 S1 9:45 In this hilarious prequel to the hit Broche de Oro, our favorite group of friends meet for the first time at an elders’ home. With their typical wit, they recruit other residents, particularly a trio they call The Greeks, to challenge the status quo and enter a contest with the hopes of winning a prize. Because there are no rules for growing old, Broche de oro: Beginnings celebrates life and reminds us to live it to the fullest until the end.

LOS BUENOS DEMONIOS Dir. Gerardo Chijona (Cuba, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 3/18 S10 7:05

Tito is 23 years-old, has a mother who loves him, and a vehicle that allows him to earn an honest living as a driver. To his neighbors, he is an educated and respectable individual. However, Tito has a particular outlook on life, one that leads him to commit terrible acts. He isn’t concerned about the consequences, at least not yet, because all that he cares about is the present.

LA CORDILLERA Dir. Santiago Mitre (Argentina/ France/ Spain, 114 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Political Thriller) 3/16 S1 7:20 • 3/18 DGC 8:00 • 3/24 S1 9:50

At a summit for Latin American presidents in Chile, where the region’s geopolitical strategies and alliances are in discussion, Argentine president Hernán Blanco (Ricardo Darín, Wild Tales) endures a political and family drama forcing him to face his own demons. He’ll have to make two decisions that could change the course of his public and private lives forever: the complicated emotional situation with his daughter (Dolores Fonzi, Truman), and the most important political decision of his career. UNA ESPECIE DE FAMILIA Dir. Diego Lerman (Argentina/ Brazil /Poland / France, 96 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramatic thriller) 3/16 S1 5:15 • 3/22 S1 7:15 • 3/24 DGC 6:20

A woman flies from Buenos Aires to be present for the birth of the child she has arranged to adopt. When the child is born, she is confronted with a demand from the biological mother's family for $10,000 and an adoption process confounded with moral and legal ambiguities.

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SPO TLIGHT FILMS SHOWCASE OTRA HISTORIA DEL MUNDO Dir. Guillermo Casanova (Uruguay, 100 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramedy)

3/15 S1 9:55 • 3/21 S9 7:00 Two best friends decide to air out their grievances against the newly installed military governor in their small Uruguayan town over the radio. When the governor strikes out against one of them, the other launches a full fledged campaign to seek justice for his friend.

FLAVOR OF LIFE Dir. Rajesh Golla (USA, 92 min., 2018, English, Drama/Family)

3/17 S3 6:15 • 3/20 S1 5:00 The solitary life of a weary Latino chef (legendary Latino actor Pepe Serna, Scarface) gets complicated when he reluctantly takes in his estranged grandson after a prison stint. GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN Dir. Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil/France, 131 min., 2017, Portuguese/French w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/15 S2 5:00 • 3/21 S2 9:00 • 3/25 S10 8:15 Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decides to travel the world for one year, with his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrives in Kenya determined to explore the African continent, until he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his last destination.

EL INCA Dir. Ignacio Castillo Cottin (Venezuela, 128 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/17 S2 8:30 • 3/19 S9 8:20 Based on the true story of the undefeated two-time World Boxing Champion Edwin Valero, El Inca is a powerhouse biographical drama about talent and charisma, love and ambition, excess and self-destruction.

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SP O T L I G H T FI LM S SHOWCA SE LOS QUE AMAN, ODIAN

MATAR A JESÚS Dir. Laura Mora (Colombia / Argentina, 99 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/17 S10 7:45 • 3/23 S3 4:45 Paula, a young Colombian student, witnesses the coldblooded murder of her father. After suffering the police’s ineffectiveness, she accidentally encounters the hitman responsible for the job. Driven by anger, frustration and pain, revenge seems to be her only possible choice.

Dir. Alejandro Maci (Argentina, 101 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramatic thriller) 3/15 S10 6:05 • 3/18 S10 4:50 • 3/23 DGC 8:10

Celebrated Argentine actor Guillermo Francella (El Clan) stars in Los que aman, odian, a seductive thriller about a doctor who arrives at a desolate beachside hotel only to find out his ex lover has also checked in. A whirlwind series of encounters results in a murder, and each of the guests become suspects. REBELDES DE ALTURA Dir. Sergio Sánchez Suárez (Mexico, 104 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)

3/17 S3 8:45 It’s the year 1969 and students are considered public enemies number one. Luis Arrieta (TIEMPOS FELICES) plays Mitch, a wealthy student who decides to take a stand against the system. In an effort to liberate Beatriz, the love of his life who was kidnapped by a bloodthirsty general, Mitch hijacks a plane in effort to rescue her. PUNCH THE CLOCK Dir. Santiago Dellape (Brazil, 100 min., 2016, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Comedy/ Sci-Fi) 3/17 DGC 2:05 • 3/19 S1 9:50

In a forgotten corner of the vast Brazilian bureaucracy, a psychotic boss uses a time machine to clone his lazy employees and increase productivity.

SEPTIEMBRE Dir. Kenneth Muller (Guatemala / Mexico, 70 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/16 DGC 8:15 • 3/19 S1 7:45 • 3/20 S2 4:45 Teresa was just three months old when, on September 5th 1980, a bomb tore through the bus carrying her and her mother. Teresa lost her mother and her hearing that day. The years to come would be a time of painful reckoning for Teresa, her father, played by Saúl Lisazo, and her wounded country.

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SPO TLIGHT FILMS SHOWCASE TRAIGÁN LA HIERBA Dir. Denny Brechner (Uruguay, 75 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)

SINFONÍA PARA ANA

3/15 DGC 6:10 • 3/23 S10 4:15 • 3/24 S10 5:45 Alfredo Rodríguez, the Director of the 'Uruguayan Chamber of Legal Marijuana', is sent to the United States on an “Unofficial Mission” to find marijuana to supply Uruguay after it is fully legalized. Throughout the film, Alfredo meets the most influential leaders concerning marijuana and has real-life encounters with them. All of the characters believe they are interacting with the actual Director of the Uruguayan Chamber of Legal Marijuana, even though the institution doesn't really exist.

Dir. Ernesto Ardito; Virna Molina (Argentina, 119 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/20 S10 8:20 15 year-old Ana is a happy teenager living in Argentina during the early 1970s. She unexpectedly finds herself in a romantic triangle with two very different boys.Her heart is trapped between two passions, while the military dictatorship casts the shadows of death, solitude and terror over her world. SIETE SEMILLAS Dir. Daniel Rodrígo Visco (Peru, 95 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 3/15 S3 8:25 • 3/23 S3 8:50

Ignacio Rodriguez, a workaholic who has neglected his family and his own health, ends up in the hospitable after a particularly challenging work situation presents itself. His brother recommends he visits a spiritual guide (played by Javier Camara) to get him back on track. Despite his initial disbelief, Ignacio decides to go see him and begins a journey to find inner peace.

VALENTINA Dir. Jorge Xolalpa, Jr. (USA, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/16 S9 6:20 • 3/24 S3 1:45 When her daughter is held hostage, Valentina tries to find a way to come up with the ransom money, leading her to fight the system.

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FRONTERA FIL MMAK ERS SH OWC ASE PRESENTED BY For the past 25 years, Media Arts Center San Diego‘s San Diego Latino Film Festival has been committed to celebrating local filmmakers whose passions, innovations, and insight have led them to create significant works of cinematic art. This diverse selection of films for our 25th Anniversary demonstrates that the San Diego / Tijuana border region is once again, thriving, and ready to transform the way we look at film. AVENIDA BUGAMBILIA Dir. Paulina Casmur (Mexico / USA / New Zealand, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/19 S9 6:30 • 3/25 DGC 3:15 In the year of 1957 Justina goes through a divorce. She was the first of her family to break the laws society imposed. After this event, she decided to travel in solitude looking for new paths in her life. In her journey she began writing letters to her sister Norma, who lived in Bougainvillea Avenue in Mexico. Of the 87 letters Justina sent to Norma, 10 were selected to tell this story. Bougainvillea Avenue is a documentary about the sadness a woman goes through after a breakup and about finding herself again. This story is about the end of a relationship and also about a separation from society... the one that has imposed marriage as the only house for women.

CINE LOTERIA Dir. Eduardo Luis Arguelles (Mexico/ USA, 89 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy)

3/18 S3 6:45 • 3/21 S9 4:30 A modern day Peter Pan struggles to find the ending to his film, and when he falls in love with his psychiatric doctor, he finds that growing up is really hard to do. FÉLIZ AÑO TIJUANA Dir. Andrew van Baal (Mexico/ USA, 75 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/15 S3 6:20 • 3/24 S3 3:50 A chance encounter with a former student in Tijuana on New Year's Eve leads to an emotionally turbulent night for a professor who's at a crossroads in his life. LO MÁS SENCILLO ES COMPLICARLO TODO Dir. Rene Bueno (Mexico, 94 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy)

3/24 S9 8:45 • 3/25 DGC 8:20 Danna Paola stars in this romantic comedy about a seventeen year-old girl who generates a plan to break up the new relationship of her lifelong crush and his beautiful, smart new girlfriend.

SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM Dir. Paul Espinosa (USA, 87 min., 2017, English, Documentary)

3/24 S1 5:00 • 3/25 S1 1:00 A multilayered portrait of San Diego musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. The film chronicles Chunky’s remarkable life events from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to receiving the National Heritage Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2013. Despite the major social transformations that occurred in San Diego during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, much of that history is scarcely known today, particularly the contributions made by young Chicanos. A portrait of one charismatic musician and activist allows us to revisit this pivotal era of American history and to provoke dialogue about the many hurdles that had to be overcome to gain equal rights for Latinos in today’s society. SAICOLOGIA Dir. Sergio Brown Figueredo (Mexico, 52 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

Saicología 3/23 S9 9:45 A uniquely shot documentary centered around an artist’s own perspective and journey into his mind following an unspeakable family incident. Through his interactions with society both his dramatic past and his future are unveiled. WEIGH DOWN Dir. Sergio Lopez (USA, 105 min., 2017, English, Drama)

3/20 S2 6:35 • 3/24 S10 1:20 An aging blues musician returns home after ten years in hopes of confronting his past, accepting who he is, and finding his son.

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J E W I S H L AT I NO FI LM S SHOWCASE The San Diego Latino Film Festival is thrilled to announce the return of one of its most beloved showcases - the Jewish Latino Films Showcase, featuring two documentary films directed by acclaimed local filmmaker Isaac Artenstein; an examination of the Jewish-Syryan community in Mexico; and a celebrated Argentine drama about a man who returns to Poland after many years to reconnect with the friend who saved his life. This diverse group of films highlights the wonderful ways in which the Jewish and Latino cultures intersect to create an identity that is beautiful, vibrant, and complex. CHALLAH RISING IN THE DESERT: THE JEWS OF NEW MEXICO Dir. Isaac Artenstein (USA, 84 min., 2017, English, Documentary)

3/25 S3 3:55 Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico celebrates the history and people of New Mexico’s unique Jewish community. In this new feature documentary, braided Challah bread represents five waves of settlement of New Mexico’s Jewish community including Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos and the counterculture of the 1960s. Challah Rising is a moving tapestry of the Jewish experience woven into New Mexico’s unique history and landscape. EL TERCER ESPACIO Dir. Nejemye Tenenbaum (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 S2 6:10 • 3/25 S9 1:10 A hundred years after the establishment of the Jewish-Syrian Community in Mexico City, its history is re-lived through a number of compelling and touching stories. THE THIRD PLACE narrates the evolution, achievements, and struggles of a minority group that grapples between integrating into the country that welcomed them and preserving their religious-ethnic identity and continuity.

ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: TIJUANA JEWS Dir. Isaac Artenstein (USA / Mexico, 52 min., 2005, English, Documentary)

3/18 S9 1:30 Throughout the early twentieth century thousands of European Jews sailed to Mexico looking for opportunity and escaping increasing persecution at home. A small group made their way north to the border town of Tijuana. Tijuana Jews, is a one-hour documentary and a personal exploration of this community that blended Jewish and Mexican cultures and customs in an unlikely place and time.

EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE Dir. Pablo Solarz (Spain /Argentina, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/18 S1 2:25 • 3/25 S1 7:40 Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from a certain death at the end of World War II. After seven decades without any contact with him, Abraham will try to find his old friend and keep his promise to return one day.

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2 5TH A N NI VER SARY SHOWCASE Over the course of the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s 25 year history, certain films have marked important moments in the festival’s legacy and shaped our programming and artistic direction. These films not only captivated our audiences but indicated important trends and modalities taking place in Latino

cinema. These projects have influenced many that have come after them and we hope you fall in love these movies, whether it’s your first or fifth time watching them.

10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING BAJO LA MISMA LUNA Dir. Patricia Riggen (Mexico / USA, 104 min., 2008, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/23 S9 7:15 UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario (Kate del Castillo) works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again.

WALKOUT Dir. Edward James Olmos (USA, 120 min., 2006, Spanish w/ English subtitles, English, Drama)

3/19 S2 6:45 America was built on equality and opportunity, but when those things are denied, it's time to fight back. This film details the stirring true story of a group of Mexican-American students who did just that when they staged a compelling 1968 walkout to protest against injustices of the public high-school system in East Los Angeles. Set against the background of the national civil-rights movement, the film stars Alexa Vega as an idealistic honors student who takes on the school system's blatant discrimination against Mexican-Americans by banding with a group of fellow activists to coordinate a multi-school walkout of students. The result: an unequivocal message to American educators and administrators that endures till today.

MACHUCA Dir. Andrés Wood (Argentina, 121 min., 2004, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama)

3/19 S10 8:40 Set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet. The potent events are accompanied by a searingly beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story. MOSQUITA Y MARI Dir. Aurora Guerrero (USA, 86 min., 2012, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Drama)

3/25 S1 5:40 In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other. NUEVE REINAS Dir. Fabián Bielinsky (Argentina, 114 min., 2000, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Crime drama)

3/18 DGC 3:30 "Nine Queens" is the story of two small-time swindlers, Juan (Gastón Pauls) and Marcos (Ricardo Darín), who team up after meeting in a convenience store and become involved in a half million-dollar deal. As the deceptions and duplicity mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom, and we begin to ask ourselves, "Who isn't a thief?"

Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN Dir. Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico, 106 min., 2001, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/23 DGC 6:10 Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Maribel Verdú) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare. Directed by Academy Award Winner Alfonso Cuarón.

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PARA L A FA M I LI A This showcase offers appropriate options for cinephiles of all ages! Enjoy these wonderful films featuring a popular comic strip character, a young indigenous basketball team looking for hope, an emerging photographer on vacation with her parents, and an unforgettable animated Leyenda in which young heroes face off against a nefarious foe.

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CONDORITO Dir. Alex Orrelle, Eduardo Schuldt (Mexico, 88 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) 3/23 S1 8:00 • 3/24 S3 11:45

The most beloved comic strip in Latin America comes to life with Condorito: La Pelicula! Condorito (Omar Chaparro) is ready to propose to Yayita and tie the knot, but when his disapproving mother-in-law Tremebunda (Coco Legrand) is abducted by an alien king, Condorito and his nephew must embark an out of this world adventure to save "La Suegra"- as well as planet Earth! GIGANTES DESCALZOS Dir. Álvaro Priante (México / Spain, 65 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) 3/17 DGC 11:00AM • 3/25 S10 11:15

A look at how the sport of Basketball has shaped the lives of the children of the Triqui Region in the Mexican State of Oaxaca. The harsh mountainous terrain and various limitations within the community leaves very little hope to the youth of the land. Through the Mexican Indigenous Basketball Association and their Professor Sergio the boys and girls will find the hope that they had been lacking. INSTANTANEA Dir. Catalina Arango (Ecuador, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) 3/17 S10 11:15AM • 3/18 S3 11:45AM

A young child photographer is spending the holidays with her grandparents, a vacation she’s not looking forward to. Mario, her grandfather, is pretty serious about helping her study mathematics throughout the break, indicating a boring vacation. Everything changes when her grandfather gives Antonia his old Polaroid camera. New friends, adventures, and some mischief will make this an unforgettable vacation.

LA LEYENDA DEL CHARRO NEGRO Dir. Alberto Chino Rodriguez (Mexico, 85 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) 3/15 S1 5:15 • 3/17 S10 1:00

The fifth installment of the Leyendas Series of animated films follows Leo and his brother Nando as they face off with the nefarious Charro Negro, an entity looking to get his soul back.

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PRESENTED BY: Dir. William Dear (USA, 118 min., 2009, English, Drama)

3/17 S10 3:00 Amid the poverty of Monterrey, Mexico, a ragtag group of boys discovers the joys of sandlot baseball, thanks to the guidance of a coach (Clifton Collins Jr.) who had once hoped to make it in the major leagues. Armed with a dream of playing in the Little League, the boys defy the odds, setting off on an unprecedented winning streak that leads them across the border to America and the 1957 Little League World Series. Para la familia Showcase.

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UN M UND O EX T RA ÑO SHOWCASE Travel with us to dimensions that exist beyond the confines of our reality. Behold the dark fantasies that only fierce imaginations can create! Behold corrupt convents, mysterious artifacts, and human nature on the edge--this is a strange world, my friends! Don’t come alone!

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Dir. Juan López Moctezuma (Mexico, 85 min., 1977, English, Horror)

3/16 S3 9:30 Two young girls living in a convent are possessed by a demonic force and wreak havoc to those around them in this controversial and blasphemous horror classic from Juan López Moctezuma.

Dir. Claudio Perrin (Argentina, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Crime/ Drama)

3/18 S3 9:00 • 3/23 S1 10:15 Maria's house is in silence until some distant screams are heard coming from the street. She hears a knock, opens the door, and a group of people push her aside and break in. All of them have committed murder. Besieged in that house in the middle of the night they make a pact of silence while waiting for the law to carry away the corpse they just lynched. Inside the house, they begin to grapple and deal with the consequences of their awful act. EL VECINO

CRONOS Dir. Guillermo del Toro (Mexico, 96 min., 1994, Spanish, Horror)

3/15 S9 8:35 Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious, audacious feature debut with CRONOS, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious, crude American named Angel (a delightfully deranged Ron Perlman (Hellboy).

Dir. Giancarlo Ruiz (Mexico, 76 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Experimental)

3/19 S2 9:20 • 3/24 S10 9:55 Raúl suffers from psychological disorders. He lives in a twostory building. He learns that his downstairs neighbors have marital problems. He monitors their every move intruding in their lives. Raúl wants what he doesn’t have: a relationship. His desire becomes obsessive until he kidnaps his neighbor.

INQUILINOS Dir. Chava Cartas (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Horror)

3/17 S9 7:30 Luzma and Demián (Danny Perea and Erick Elías), a young couple, have just moved to an old neighborhood, trying to leave behind an incident that torments them. Hopeful, they do their best to take this change as an opportunity to start over. Nevertheless, Luzma begins to discover that their neighbors hide terrible secrets that lead to paranormal phenomena and that will eventually force the couple to deal with their worst fears. MEXICO BARBARO II Dir. Diego Cohen, Christian Cueva, Ricardo Farias, Michelle Garza, Carlos Meléndez, Lex Ortega, Abraham Sánchez, Sergio Tello, Fernando Urdapilleta (Mexico, 95 min., 2017, Horror)

3/17 S9 10:00 In this extreme follow-up to the successful Mexico Barbaro anthology, 9 new directors explore the brutal vein of Mexican popular culture.

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AVENTU RAS SH OWC A SE PRESENTED BY Heed the call for adventure with this selection of films that explore the great outdoors, new frontiers, and undiscovered nautical treasures. Gorgeously shot and luminously accomplished, these films are sure to inspire you to to embark on your journeys of discovery. FUGA DE LA PATAGONIA LA COSTA SALVAJE DE CUBA Dir. Alberto Tinoco Guadarrama (Cuba / Mexico, 60 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Nature)

3/22 S9 7:00 The small island nation of Cuba has been isolated from the rest of the world for more than half a century - and so have its vibrant coral reefs and natural coastal areas. WILDCOAST/ COSTASALVAJE is bridging ties in the name of conservation in this Por el Planeta feature length docu series highlighting some of the most beautiful and pristine natural áreas on the planet.

Dir. Javier Zevallos, Francisco D’Eufemia (Argentina, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama)

3/16 S10 8:25 • 3/20 DGC 8:25 1879. In the depths of Patagonia, the explorer Francisco "Perito" Moreno commands a cartographic expedition. He is taken prisoner and accused of espionage by the Mapuche Council. After being sentenced to death, Moreno escapes and Indian Chief Valentín Sayhueque sends his son after him. To survive, Moreno will have to face the wild and unpredictable nature. A territory without rules, turned into a hell of violence by the advance of the denominated "Campaign of the desert", led by the Argentinian army.

ELKARREKIN - TOGETHER Dir. Miguel Molina, Pablo Iraburu, Igot Otxoa (Spain / USA, 98 min., 2017, Basque w/ English subtitles; English; Documentary)

3/18 S10 11:15AM • 3/24 S9 1:30 An expedition to a remote island in the Eastern seaboard of the United States leads Basque researchers to discover mesmerizing facts about the region’s former indigenous inhabitants. Their findings indicate a different world existed and that perhaps a reconstruction of the past can inspire a brighter future.

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HUMBOLDT EN MÉXICO. LA MIRADA DEL EXPLORADOR Dir. Ana Cruz (Mexico, 82 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 S10 2:50 • 3/24 S9 11:30AM The greatest explorer of Latin America narrates his journey through lands of New Spain in 1803. During his journey he discovers an extraordinary biodiversity and an ancient culture that impacts him deeply. His scientific research is still valid today as much as his denunciations against exploitation and social inequalities that he observed in New Spain. MONA, TESORO DEL CARIBE Dir. Sonia Fritz (Puerto Rico, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/17 S9 1:50 • 3/25 S3 11:45am This gorgeous documentary follows researchers studying the stunning Mona, a beautiful, distant, mythic and mysterious island, full of caves and legends, in the Caribbean. The island’s rich and textured history reveals it to be an important water supplier for explorers and in the present day a site where preservation initiatives are taking place.

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¡ D O C UM A N I A ! SHOWCA SE The documentary tradition is an art form that has never been as essential as it is today, particularly when it comes to defining Latino identity. As people in power and the mainstream media continue to misconstrue and misunderstand what it means to be Latino, it falls on artists, in this case filmmakers, to capture and then disseminate the non-fiction experiences of Latinos. In doing so, the definition of what it means to be Latino becomes broader but at the same time, more accurate, leaving less room for false conjectures about what it means to be Latino.

LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO Dir. Everardo González (Mexico, 74 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 S9 8:45 • 3/24 S2 8:35 In the past five years the battle against drug crimes in Mexico has claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 individuals -- or 400,000 victims, if you include the children, wives, husbands, parents, and friends of the deceased. This documentary is filled with testimonies of those affected by the drug war-and even those who took part in it. The faces of the interviewees are hidden to preserve their anonymity but their pain, emotions, and fears are magnified to an unprecedented degree.

EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN Dir. Andrés Lübbert (Belgium / Chile, 88 min., 2017, Spanish, Dutch, German w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

EL MAÍZ EN TIEMPOS DE GUERRA

3/19 S2 4:45 During the Pinochet-dictatorship, Jorge Lübbert becomes an instrument for the Chilean secret services, who force him to work for them in an extreme violent way. He is able to escape from Chile and become a war cameraman based in Belgium. Today, his son Andrés takes him back to confront an unfinished past.

3/19 DGC 4:00 • 3/21 S9 8:55 An indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) family in northern Jalisco, an Ayuuk (Mixe) family in Oaxaca, and two Tzeltal families in the jungles of Chiapas discuss their cornfields, their roads, and their homes. They reflect on the importance of their crops, as well as the dangers facing this crop and the need to preserve the land used by countless indigenous Mexican communities and farmers to grow their cornfields.

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Dir. Alberto Cortés Calderón (Mexico, 90 min, 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)


¡ DO C UM ANI A! SHOWCASE LOS OJOS DEL MAR Dir. José Alvarez (Mexico, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentaries)

3/17 S10 9:45 • 3/20 DGC 4:00 Hortensia, a native woman from Tuxpan with a stormy past, starts a journey through sea and land to recover testimonies and memories of the crew of a fishing boat that disappeared five years ago in Veracruz. Gradually, the journey becomes a reflection on the meaning of life and death, built around the mythologies and deepest yearnings of the people with whom she crosses.

LOS TRUENOS DE SAN JUAN PERFECTLY NORMAL FOR ME Dir. Catherine Tambini (USA, 60 min., 2017, English, Documentary)

3/17 DGC 12:35 • 3/25 S3 6:30 Exceptional children in an after school dance program show us a thing or two about determination, perseverance, joy and the satisfaction of really being seen - in a world often blind to their very existence. SAURA(S) Dir. Félix Viscarret (Spain, 95 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

Dir. Santiago Maza Stern (Mexico, 84 min, 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 S10 9:15 • 3/22 S2 8:30 The ancient carnival of a town is condemned by the Church and persecuted by the law due to the colossal amount of explosives blown up with sledgehammers during the festivity. Three men embody the distinct ways of celebrating the tradition.

3/15 S9 6:30 • 3/17 S2 6:30 Carlos Saura, a living legend. Felix Viscarret, a director who wants to make a film portrait of the great master. He comes up with a plan. He thinks it’s brilliant. He’ll show the intimate side of Saura through conversations between the genius and his 7 children. Everyone accepts. But Saura doesn’t like talking about the past. Viscarret insists. Saura likes painting. And photography. Viscarret doesn’t give up. He tries again. Saura likes painting. And photography.

LA SELVA NEGRA Dir. Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak (Mexico, 71 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) 3/19 DGC 6:00 • 3/22 S10 9:20

The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of its main character – a Mexican shaman, Don Juan – who falls under the spell of a pyramid scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. The film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film.

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PA NT EL I O N P RESENTS SHOWCA SE PRESENTED BY The groundbreaking Latino studio in Hollywood continues its hot-streak with the selection below, featuring the most recognizable names in Latino entertainment including Luis Gerardo Méndez, Marina de Tavira, Arath de la Torre, Fernanda Castillo, and Martha Higareda. Through this collection of films, Pantelion continues to advocate for widespread representation of Latino in cinema in the American marketplace, bringing high quality commercial entertainment to audiences everywhere. CAMINO A MARTE Dir. Humberto Hinojosa Ozcáriz (Mexico, 93 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Adventure/ Drama)

3/16 DGC / 6:10 • 3/18 S1 / 7:15 • 3/22 S1 / 5:00 Emilia (Tessa Ia) is a young woman suffering from a life altering illness. She and her friend Violeta (Camila Sodi) decide to embark on a once in a lifetime road trip. Along the way, they meet a mysterious man (Luis Gerardo Méndez, Club de Cuervos) who claims to be an extraterrestrial. Their encounter with this individual leads them to attain a deeper understanding of love and friendship.

COMPLICES Dir. Luis Eduardo Reyes (Dominican Republic / Mexico, 90 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy) 3/17 S1/7:00 • 3/19 DGC/7:45 • 3/21 S1/5:00

Juan Campos (Arath de la Torre) has dedicated his life to seducing the most beautiful women with his friend and accomplice, Luis Pani. When they prepare for their trip to the Dominican Republic, Luis falls ill, and Juan is forced to take his nephew Mau (Jesus Zavala), a 20 year old boy who is going through the depression of losing his first love. While Juan trains Mau in the art of seduction, Teresa D’Ors (Marina de Tavira) appears, the only woman in the world capable of paralyzing Juan. Together, they venture on a journey where they will learn from each other and discover that in love nothing is certain. LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL Dir. Michel Franco (Mexico, 103 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 3/16 DGC 4:00 • 3/20 S1 7:30 • 3/21 S10 4:15

Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the economic strain and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call their mother. April (Julieta’s Emma Suarez) arrives, willing to help her daughters, but we soon understand why Valeria had wanted her to stay away.

UNA MUJER SIN FILTRO Dir. Luis Eduardo Reyes (Mexico, 90 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) 3/17 S1/4:55 • 3/21 S1/7:30 • 3/23 S2/9:45 • 3/25 DGC/1:15

99% of people never say exactly what's on their mind. Paz, played by Fernanda Castillo, is a kind and gentle woman unable to express her opinions to those who are constantly taking advantage of her. After an unexpected experience with a shaman, she finds herself suddenly vocally unfiltered and able to stand up to those who have taken her for granted.

VIVE POR MÍ Dir. Chema de la Peña (Mexico, 105 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 3/16 S2/9:40 • 3/18 DGC/5:40 • 3/22 DGC/4:00 • 3/24 S2/6:55

Vive por mí, starring Martha Higareda and Tenoch Huerta, explores the fragile lives of four characters during a month of their lives. Time that passes between two accidents that scar their lives and cross their destinies, pushes them to confront life, and redeem their pasts. VUELVEN Dir. Issa López (Mexico, 83 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Fantasy/Horror) 3/15 S10 4:15 • 3/17 DGC 6:00 • 3/24 S9 6:15

In this critically celebrated and unforgettable dark fairy tale, a young girl named Estrella wants nothing more but to have her missing mother come back. She gets her wish but not in the way she expects. As she deals with this inexplicable return, she and her friends will have to try to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

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¡ SO MO S ! C I NE LG B TQ+ SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY

¡Somos! Cine LGBTQ+ Cine Showcase is the newly rebranded CINE GAY showcase that launched thirteen years ago. The San Diego Latino Film Festival recognizes the necessity to use language that is inclusive and representative of a multitude of identities and orientations, and we look forward to bringing you the very best of LGBTQ+ content under our new ¡Somos! Banner. BODY ELECTRIC Dir. Marcelo Caetano (Brazil, 94 min., 2017, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/18 S1 9:20 • 3/20 S9 9:15 Carefree Elias works at a textile factory, juggling long shifts, dreams of the sea, and animated nights-out with no-strings sexual encounters. As he tries to discern where his future may lead him, Elias tries to take pleasure in the small things in life. After yet another night of working overtime, he and his coworkers decide to go out for a bit of fun, ultimately leading to new encounters and unexpected desires. BONES OF CONTENTION Dir. Andrea Weiss (Spain / USA, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ subtitles; English, Documentary)

3/18 S2 1:50 • 3/20 S1 9:50 The dark history of Spain’s Franco era, including the punishing persecution of the LGBTQ community, is the subject of this absorbing and unsettling documentary. This moving documentary is centered around the poetry and actions of famed Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, a longtime symbol of the gay movement in the Franco dictatorship.

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EN ALGÚN LUGAR Dir. Tadeo Garcia (USA / Mexico, 112 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English; Drama)

3/19 S1 5:00 • 3/23 S2 7:05 Set against the background of a broken U.S. immigration system, En Algun Lugar is a love story between two young men, Abel & Diego. When tragedy strikes and Diego's immigration status is revealed, Abel and Diego discover the power of love during uncertain times. SIGNATURE MOVE Dir. Jennifer Reeder (USA, 80 min., 2016, Urdu; Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Drama)

3/16 S2 7:45 • 3/22 S1 9:15 Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling. TIERRA FIRME Dir. Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spain, 111 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramedy)

3/17 S1 9:15 • 3/20 DGC 6:00 • 3/25 S9 7:30 In their mid-30s, Eva and Kat’s humble, yet carefree, lifestyle in their London canal boat gets turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end the bohemian lifestyle she’s always envisioned with Eva. When Kat’s best friend, Roger, drops in from Barcelona, they decide to use him as a donor to start a family, leading them to redefine their concept of what it means to be a family.


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C A MIN O A L MUND I A L SHOWCASE Get ready for the 2018 World Cup with this collection of soccer themed features sure to have you yelling GOOOOOAAAAALLL! from your seats. Follow these unforgettable characters in their quests to succeed as soccer players (or demonstrate they’re the biggest fans of the sport) in these films full of heart, inspiration, and tenacity.

PRESENTED BY

CAMPEONES Dir. Lourdes Deschamps (Mexico/ Peru, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Sports)

3/24 S3 5:50 • 3/25 S10 12:45 This film tracks the personal stories of the young members of the soccer team that won the first U-17 soccer World Cup for Mexico. These boys overcame many personal struggles to be able to perform to the best of their ability on the field and become champions. EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA Dir. Jim Mckay (USA, 97 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports / Drama)

3/18 S1 12:15 • 3/20 S2 8:55 José is an undocumented immigrant living in New York City. His work as a delivery boy for a restaurant is challenging and his only relief is the few hours he spends playing soccer on the weekend. When his team makes it to the championship, he and his friends are elated. However, his boss tells him he has to work on the day of his championship, making José choose between his team and his job. MI MUNDIAL

TUYA MÍA… TE LA APUESTO

Dir. Carlos Andrés Morelli (Uruguay / Brazil / Argentina, 102 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports Drama)

Dir. Rodrigo Triana (Mexico, 90 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Sports / Comedy)

3/17 S3 1:30 • 3/22 S10 4:15 A 13-year old small-town soccer prodigy from Uruguay gets the chance of his life to follow his dreams and get his humble family out of poverty. Propelled into youth pro soccer, he is soon blinded by life in the fast track and gets into collision course with his heart-of-gold janitor dad. It takes an accident to bring him down to earth and recognize what is really important in life.

3/24 S1 7:40 Adrían Uribe stars in this hilarious comedy about an obsessed soccer fan who has to decide between his commitment to his wife and family responsibilities or his love for the game.

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D E AQUÍ S OY ! SHOWCASE This collection of documentary features tackles subjects such as immigration, family histories, and the assimilation of foreigners in new lands. Through each work, the definition of “home” is examined through an unique and constantly changing prism resulting in thoughtful meditations on belonging, trans-border relations, and survival. More so than anything, these films give voice, heart, and authenticity, to the migrant narratives pejoratively misrepresented by the media.

MY BOLIVIA, REMEMBERING WHAT I NEVER KNEW Dir. Rick Tejada-Flores (Bolivia / USA, 60 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/17 S2 1:40 • 3/25 S2 1:40 Rick Tejada-Flores unravel the myths and realities of his family history in Bolivia; the country where his father was born. What he finds is shocking, including a history of slavery, his grandfather’s role as President during the bloodiest war in Latin American history, the never-mentioned family member who administered the land reform that stripped the family of its estates, and family connections with a Nazi war criminal.

AMIGOS DEL TREN Dirs. Andrea Fumagalli, Andrea Salvadore (Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/15 S3 4:45 • 3/18 S3 5:10 • 3/22 S2 6:45 Marcelo, a Bolivian man living in Mexico, dedicates his life to helping migrants from Central America who are traveling North riding on freight trains. Every day he brings food and clothes to the train tracks together with Lucero, a Mexican woman, and Mia, from Bolivia. The three of them are the Amigos del Tren.

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HERMANOS Dir. Laura Plancarte (Mexico / United Kingdom, 78 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/16 S9 4:30 • 3/25 S2 12:00 The film tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the US illegally after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house due to the world economic crisis and today believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises. Their journeys take them on road trips to meet with their past and with relatives who they believe can help them achieve their dreams.


DE AQ UÍ SOY! SHOWCA SE UNDOCUMENTED Dir. Patricia Shih (USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017, English, Documentary)

3/18 S3 1:35 • 3/23 S2 5:00 • 3/24 S2 2:15 The true story of an undocumented immigrant who traveled as a 13 year-old with his 11 year-old brother through the Bermuda Triangle during hurricane season to join their parents whom they had not seen in years. Harold Fernandez's journey took him eventually to Princeton University, where his undocumented status was revealed, endangering his entire family. He overcame much hardship, fear and huge obstacles to get where he is today -- one of the top cardiac surgeons in the New York metro region.

VIETNAM, PUERTO RICO Dir. Gabriel Miranda (Puerto Rico, 102 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

UN EXILIO: PELÍCULA FAMILIAR Dir. Juan Francisco Urrusti (Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 DGC 11:00AM • 3/22 S10 6:30 The wrongly-termed Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) left more than a million dead and over 500 thousand refugees, of which some 20 thousand are taken in by Mexico. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, aunt, and some of their friends. A tragedy of epic dimension that turned into the eventful stories of survival and assimilation by the documentary subjects as they recall their experiences and reveal the shared history between Mexico and Spain in the 20th century and beyond.

3/17 S3 3:50 • 3/20 S10 4:15 As Puerto Rico falls deeper and deeper into an unprecedented crisis, this is Vietnam’s story, a community or barrio located on the coast of Guaynabo fighting an illegal expropriation at the hands of a career politician. Their experience echoes the island’s current struggle with; an unparalleled migration, a notion of progress fueled by corruption, crippling economic debt, and displaced poor and middle class families, whose land is being purchased by millionaires.

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L ATINO P U B L I C B ROAD CA STI NG PR ES EN T S

ADIÓS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARÍA MORENO Dir. Laurie Coyle (USA, 58 min., 2017, English, Documentary) 3/18 S10 1:25 • 3/24 S10 3:55 In Adios Amor, the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot—Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven by her twelve children’s hunger to speak out. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background. The first farm worker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer, Maria’s story was silenced and her legacy buried—until now. PRESENTED BY:

PRESENTED BY THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO Dir. Phillip Rodriguez (USA, 57 min., 2017, English, Documentary)

3/20 S10 6:30 • 3/25 S10 3:35 For over a decade, filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853. A hundred and sixty-two years later, Valadez believes he has found Murietta’s head. Valadez embarks on a quixotic, cross-country road trip through history, myth, and memory to bury the fabled head of Joaquin Murrieta. PRESENTED BY:

L AT INO S O N T V STARZ PRESENTS: VIDA PRESENTED BY:

Dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios (USA, 60 min., 2018, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Television Show) 3/24 S2 4:30 Starz and the San Diego Latino Film Festival are partnering together to bring you a sneak peek of the upcoming TV show, Vida, a half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and surprising truth about their mother's identity. Stars Ser Anzoategui and Maria Elena Lass will be on hand to introduce and participate in a Q&A for this very special presentation.

PITCH SESSION: GET YOUR PROJECT ON PBS - PITCH SESSION!

Have a project you feel is suitable to submit to PBS; a proposal to Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Content Media Fund; want to partner with a local PBS station; or need feedback from funders and filmmakers? Come and pitch your idea to us! Screen a trailer and get feedback before submitting it anywhere. Pitch sessions will take place at Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym in North Park. 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104.

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MA RCH 1 5 - 25, 2018 SCREEN #1 - (AMC) SPONSOR: SDG&E

SCREEN #2 - (AMC)

Harrah’s Rincon - Screen #1

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5:15

La leyenda del Charro Negro (Mexico, 85 min., 2018)

5:00 Gabriel and the Mountain (Brazil/France, 131 min., 2017)

4:45 Amigos del tren (Mexico/Italy, 61 min., 2017)

7:30

Tiempo compartido (Mexico, 96 min., 2018)

7:45 Donaire y Esplendor (Panama, 96 min., 2018)

6:20 Feliz Año Tijuana (Mexico/USA, 75 min., 2017)

9:55

Otra historia del mundo (Uruguay, 100 min., 2017)

9:45 Extraño pero verdadero (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

8:25 Siete semillas (Peru, 95 min., 2017)

5:15 Una especie de familia (Arg./Brazil/Pol./France, 96 min., 2017)

5:00 Mexico, Raro, y Querido SHORTS (105 min.)

4:45 Pinamar (Argentina, 84 min., 2016)

7:20 La cordillera (Argentina/France/Spain, 114 min., 2017)

7:45 Signature Move (USA, 80 min., 2016)

6:45 Pacifico norte (Mexico, 113 min., 2017)

9:50 Nocturno (Mexico, 88 min., 2017)

9:40 Vive por mí (Mexico, 105 min., 2016)

9:30 Alucarda (Mexico, 85 min., 1977)

12:15 Ritmo Latino Shorts (93 min.)

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12:00 Conexiones: Los Cenzontles In Cuba. (Cuba/USA, 60 min., 2017)

11:45am Jeffrey (Dominican Republic, 76 min., 2016)

2:25

Angelica (Pto. Rico/Mexico, 95 min., 2017)

1:40 My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Know (Bol./Mex., 60 min., 2017)

1:30 Mi mundial (Uruguay / Brazil / Argentina, 102 min., 2017)

4:55

Una mujer sin filtro (Mexico, 92 min., 2017)

4:00 Casi leyendas (Argentina / Spain, 116 min., 2017)

3:50 Vietnam, Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico, 102 min., 2017)

7:00

Complices (Mexico / Dominican Republic, 90 min., 2018)

6:30 Saura(s) (Spain, 92 min., 2018)

6:15 Flavor of Life (USA, 92 min., 2017)

9:15

Tierra firme (Spain, 111 min., 2017)

8:30 El inca (Venezuela, 128 min., 2017)

8:45 Rebeldes de altura (Mexico, 104 min., 2017)

12:15 En el séptimo día (USA, 96 min., 2017)

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SCREEN #3 (AMC)

12:00 Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia, 76 min., 2017)

11:45am Instantanea (Ecuador, 75 min., 2017)

2:25 El último traje (Argentina / Spain, 88 min., 2017)

1:50 Bones of Contention (Spain / USA, 75 min., 2017)

1:35 Undocumented (USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017)

4:30 Broche de oro: Comienzos (Puerto Rico, 87 min., 2017)

3:45 Mañana no te olvides (Dominican Republic, 110 min., 2017)

3:15 Pinamar (Argentina, 84 min., 2016)

7:15 Camino a marte (Mexico, 93 min., 2017)

6:10 El tercer espacio (Mexico, 88 min., 2017)

5:10 Amigos del tren (Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017)

9:20 Body Electric (Brazil, 94 min., 2017)

8:40 La novia del desierto (Chile / Argentina, 85 min., 2017)

6:45 Cine Loteria (Mexico / USA, 89 min., 2017) 9:00 Umbral (Argentina, 80 min., 2017)

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5:00 En algún lugar (USA, 112 min., 2017)

4:45

El color de camaleón (Belgium / Chile, 88 min., 2017)

7:45 Septiembre (Guatemala / Mexico, 70 min., 2017)

6:45

Walk Out (USA, 120 min., 2006)

9:50 Punch the Clock (Brazil, 100 min., 2016)

9:20

El vecino (Mexico, 76 min., 2017)

5:00 Flavor of Life (USA, 92 min., 2017)

4:45 Septiembre (Guatemala / Mexico, 70 min., 2017)

7:30 Las hijas de abril (Mexico, 103 min., 2017)

6:35 Weigh Down (USA, 105 min., 2017)

9:50 Bones of Contention (Spain / USA, 75 min., 2017)

8:55 En el séptimo día (USA, 97 min., 2017)

5:00 Complices (Mexico/Dominican Republic, 90 min., 2018)

4:45 Cronicas Españolas SHORTS (105 min.)

7:30 Una mujer sin filtro (Mexico, 92 min., 2017)

7:00 Los Adioses (Mexico, 86 min., 2017)

9:45 Broche de oro: Comienzos (Puerto Rico, 87 min., 2017)

9:00 Gabriel and the Mountain (Brazil/France, 131 min., 2017)

5:00 Camino a marte (Mexico, 93 min., 2017)

4:45 Extraño pero verdadero (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

7:15 Una especie de familia (Arg./Brazil/Pol./France, 96 min., 2017)

6:45 Amigos del tren (Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017)

9:15 Signature Move (USA, 80 min., 2016)

8:30 Truenos de San Juan (Mexico, 80 min., 2017)

5:30 Hecho en USA SHORTS (103 min.)

5:00 Undocumented (USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017)

4:45 Matar a Jesus (Colombia / Argentina, 91 min., 2017)

8:00 Condorito (Mexico, 88 min., 2018)

7:05 En algún lugar (USA, 112 min., 2017)

6:45 The Way to Andina (USA, 70 min., 2017)

9:45 Una mujer sin filtro (Mexico, 92 min., 2017)

8:50 Siete semillas (Peru, 95 min., 2017)

10:15 Umbral (Argentina, 80 min., 2017) 12:15 Washington Sound Museum (Brazil/USA, 73 min., 2017)

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11:45am Condorito (Mexico, 88 min., 2018)

2:15 Undocumented (USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017)

1:45 Valentina (USA, 80 min., 2017)

5:00 Singing Our Way to Freedom (USA, 87 min., 2018)

4:30 Starz Presents: VIDA

3:50 Feliz Año Tijuana (Mexico / USA, 75 min., 2017)

7:40 Tuya mía… te la apuesto (Mexico, 90 min., 2018)

6:55 Vive por mí (Mexico, 105 min., 2016)

5:50 Campeones (Mexico, 86 min., 2017)

9:50 La cordillera (Argentina/France/Spain, 114 min., 2017)

8:35 La libertad del Diablo (Mexico, 74 min., 2017)

8:10 American Curious (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

1:00 Singing Our Way to Freedom (USA, 87 min., 2018)

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12:00 Donaire y Esplendor (Panama, 96 min., 2018)

2:00 Youth Visions (80 min)

12:00 Hermanos (Mexico / UK, 78 min., 2017)

11:45am Mona, tesoro del Caribe (Puerto Rico, 80 min., 2017)

3:40 Tiempo compartido (Mexico, 96 min., 2018)

1:40 My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Know (Bol./Mex., 60 min., 2017)

1:55 Jeffrey (Dominican Republic, 76 min., 2016)

5:40 Mosquita y Mari (USA, 86 min., 2012)

3:30 Docu-shorts (100 min.)

3:55 Challah Rising in the Desert (USA, 84 min., 2017)

7:40 El último traje (Argentina / Spain, 88 min., 2017)

5:40 La novia del desierto (Chile / Argentina, 85 min., 2017)

6:30 Perfectly Normal For Me (USA, 60 min., 2017)

9:40 Zama (Argentina / Brazil / Spain, 115 min., 2017)

7:35 Conexiones: Los Cenzontles In Cuba.

8:20 Alanis (Argentina, 82 min., 2017)

(Cuba/USA, 60 min., 2017)

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SCREEN #10 (AMC)

DIGITAL GYM CINEMA

4:30 Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia, 76 min., 2017)

4:15 Vuelven (Mexico, 83 min., 2017)

4:00 Abrazos imborrables (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

6:30 Saura(s) (Spain, 92 min., 2018)

6:05 Los que aman, odian (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

6:10 Traigan la hierba (Uruguay, 75 min., 2017)

8:35 Cronos (Mexico, 92 min., 1993)

8:15 Los Adioses (Mexico, 86 min., 2017)

7:55 La novia del desierto (Chile / Argentina, 85 min., 2017)

4:30 Hermanos (Mexico / UK, 78 min., 2017)

4:15 Melocotones (Dominican Republic, 80 min., 2017)

4:00 Las hijas de abril (Mexico, 103 min., 2017)

6:20 Valentina (USA, 80 min., 2017)

6:05 Se busca novio...para mi mujer (Chile/Arg., 99 min., 2017)

6:10 Camino a marte (Mexico, 93 min., 2017)

8:30 Bruma (Mexico / Germany, 84 min., 2017)

8:25 Fuga de la Patagonia (Argentina, 80 min., 2017)

8:15 Septiembre (Guatemala / Mexico, 70 min., 2017)

11:30am Mañana no te olvides (Dominican Republic, 110 min., 2017)

11:15am Instantanea (Ecuador, 75 min., 2017)

11:00am Gigantes descalzos (Mexico/Spain, 65 min., 2017)

1:50 Mona, tesoro del Caribe (Puerto Rico, 80 min., 2017)

1:00 La leyenda del Charro Negro (Mexico, 85 min., 2018)

3:40 Cetaceos (Argentina, 77 min., 2017)

3:00 The Perfect Game (USA, 118 min., 2009)

2:05 Punch the Clock (Brazil, 100 min., 2016)

5:30 Zeus (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

5:00 El corazon Shorts (104 min)

4:15 The Way to Andina (USA, 70 min., 2017)

7:30 Inquilinos (Mexico, 88 min., 2017)

7:45 Matar a Jesus (Colombia / Argentina, 91 min., 2017)

6:00 Vuelven (Mexico, 83 min., 2017)

10:00 Mexico Barbaro II (Mexico, 95 min., 2017)

11:30am Capoeira, inside the game (Brazil, 75 min., 2017)

12:35 Perfectly Normal For Me (USA, 60 min., 2017)

9:45 Los ojos del mar (Mexico, 80 min., 2017)zz 11:15am Elkarrekin - Together (USA/ Spain, 98 min., 2018)

8:00 Zama (Argentina / Brazil / Spain, 115 min., 2017) 11:00am Un exilio: Película familiar (Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017)

1:30 Tijuana Jews (USA / Mexico, 54 min., 2005)

1:25 Adiós amor: The Search for María Moreno (USA, 57 min., 2017)

3:35 Somos! LGBTQ+ Cine Shorts (114 min.)

2:50 Humboldt en Mexico. La mirada del explorador (Mex., 82 min., 2017) 3:30 Nueve Reinas (Argentina, 115 min., 2000)

1:40 Melocotones (Dominican Republic, 80 min., 2017)

6:20 Un mundo extraño Shorts (96 mins)

4:50 Los que aman, odian (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

5:40 Vive por mí (Mexico, 105 min., 2016)

8:45 La libertad del Diablo (Mexico, 74 min., 2017)

7:05 Los buenos demonios (Cuba, 88 min., 2017)

8:00 La cordillera (Argentina / France / Spain, 114 min., 2017)

9:15 Truenos de San Juan (Mexico, 80 min., 2017) 4:30 Zeus (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

4:15 Washington Sound Museum (Brazil / USA, 73 min., 2017)

4:00 El maíz en tiempos de guerra (Mexico, 90 min. 2017)

6:30 Avenida Bugambilia (Mex./USA/New Zealand, 61 min., 2017)

6:15 Frontera Filmmakers Shorts (103 min.)

6:00 La selva negra (Mexico, 71 min., 2016)

8:20 El inca (Venezuela, 128 min., 2017)

8:40 Machuca (Argentina, 121 min., 2004)

7:45 Complices (Mexico / Dominican Republic, 90 min., 2018)

4:30 Sports Shorts (115 min.)

4:15 Vietnam, Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico, 102 min., 2017)

4:00 Los ojos del mar (Mexico, 80 min., 2017)

7:15 Helena (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

6:30 The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo (USA, 57 min., 2017)

6:00 Tierra firme (Spain, 111 min., 2017)

9:15 Body Electric (Brazil, 94 min., 2017)

8:20 Sinfonía para Ana (Argentina, 119 min., 2017)

8:25 Fuga de la Patagonia (Argentina, 80 min., 2017)

4:30 Cine Loteria (Mexico / USA, 89 min., 2017)

4:15 Las hijas de abril (Mexico, 103 min., 2017)

4:00 Pacifico norte (Mexico, 113 min., 2017)

7:00 Otra historia del mundo (Uruguay, 100 min., 2017)

6:45 Abrazos imborrables (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

6:30 Bruma (Mexico / Germany, 84 min., 2017)

8:55 El maíz en tiempos de guerra (Mexico, 90 min. 2017)

9:15 Nocturno (Mexico, 88 min., 2017)

8:20 Se busca novio... para mi mujer (Chile / Argentina, 99 min., 2017)

4:30 Cine Ilusión Shorts (86 min.)

4:15 Mi mundial (Uruguay/Brazil/Argentina, 102 min., 2017)

4:00 Vive por mí (Mexico, 105 min., 2016)

7:00 La costa salvaje de Cuba (Cuba / Mexico, 60 min., 2017)

6:30 Un exilio: Película familiar (Mex/Spain, 123 min., 2017)

6:10 Alanis (Argentina, 82 min., 2017)

8:40 Ayúdame a pasar la noche (Mexico, 92 min., 2017)

9:20 La selva negra (Mexico, 71 min., 2016)

8:10 Tiempo compartido (Mexico, 96 min., 2018)

4:30 Relatos Latinos SHORTS (113 min.)

4:15 Traigan la hierba (Uruguay, 75 min., 2017)

4:00 Mañana no te olvides (Dominican Republic, 110 min., 2017)

7:15 10th Anniversay Screening: Bajo la misma luna (USA/Mex, 104 min., 2008)

6:00 Zama (Argentina / Brazil / Spain, 115 min., 2017)

6:10 Y tu mamá también (Mexico, 106 min., 2001)

9:45 Saicología (Mexico, 52 min., 2017)

8:20 Melocotones (Dominican Republic, 80 min., 2017)

8:10 Los que aman, odian (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

11:30am Humboldt en Mexico. La mirada del explorador (Mex, 82 min., 2017)

11:15am Abrazos imborrables (Argentina, 101 min., 2017)

10:00am Latino Public Broadcasting & 21st Century Fox Pitch Sessions

1:30 Elkarrekin - Together (USA/ Spain, 98 min., 2018)

1:20 Weigh Down (USA, 105 min., 2017)

1:00 Cetaceos (Argentina, 77 min., 2017)

3:35 Viva Mujeres SHORTS (100 min.)

3:55 Adiós amor: The Search for María Moreno (USA, 57 min., 2017)

3:30 Frontera Filmmakers Shorts (103 min.)

6:15 Vuelven (Mexico, 83 min., 2017)

5:45 Traigan la hierba (Uruguay, 75 min., 2017)

6:20 Una especie de familia (Arg./Brazil/Poland/France, 96 min., 2017)

8:45 Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo (Mexico, 94 min., 2018)

7:25 El callejon (Mexico, 104 min., 2017)

8:25 Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia, 76 min., 2017)

9:55 El vecino (Mexico, 76 min., 2017) 11:30am Washington Sound Museum (Brazil / USA, 73 min., 2017) 1:10 El tercer espacio (Mexico, 88 min., 2017)

11:15am Gigantes descalzos (Mexico / Spain, 65 min., 2017) 11:00am Ayúdame a pasar la noche (Mexico, 92 min., 2017) 12:45 Campeones (Mexico, 86 min., 2017)

1:15 Una mujer sin filtro (Mexico, 92 min., 2017)

3:20 American Curious (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

3:35 The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo (USA, 57 min., 2017)

3:15 Avenida Bugambilia (Mex/USA/New Zealand, 61 min., 2017)

5:30 Capoeira, inside the game (Brazil, 75 min., 2017)

5:35 Casi leyendas (Argentina / Spain, 116 min., 2017)

5:45 Helena (Mexico, 90 min., 2017)

7:30 Tierra firme (Spain, 111 min., 2017)

8:15 Gabriel and the Mountain (Brazil/France, 131 min., 2017)

8:20 Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo (Mexico, 94 min., 2018)

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R I T M O L AT INO Music and/or dance are at the forefront of each of these feature films, each celebrating the rich and varied sonic and performance arts that Latino culture has to offer. Give in to the rhythm and beats of these accomplished films, each designed to open your eyes and ears to the talented individuals creating catchy, unforgettable music and the dancers who choreograph techniques to tell an immersive story.

CASI LEYENDAS Dir. Gabriel Nesci (Argentina / Spain, 116 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy/Drama/Music) 3/17 S2 4:00 • 3/25 S10 5:35

Three estranged friends reunite and reluctantly reform a rock band that in their youth was about to be famous, but for mysterious reasons, never succeeded in launching to superstardom.

ABRAZOS IMBORRABLES Dir. Pablo Hadis (Argentina, 101 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dance / Documentary) 3/15 DGC 4:00 • 3/21 S10 6:45 • 3/24 S10 11:15AM

A documentary about the resurgence of tango in Argentina and its adoption around the world. Contemporary tango legends, including those responsible for the comeback of tango, share their insights and first hand accounts on why tango has returned with such strength to the world stage, in this documentary produced with the collaboration of the Buenos Aires tango scene.

CONEXIONES: LOS CENZONTLES IN CUBA. A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF CONNECTION Dir. James Hall (USA, 60 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary) 3/17 S2 12:00 • 3/25 S2 7:35

Los Cenzontles, a Mexican-American roots group, were granted rare access to perform traditional Mexican music in four cities around Cuba, engaging with Cuban musicians from various walks of life. They discovered the richness of Cuban culture and Cuba’s deep affection for and fascination with Mexican culture. The film is a poignant statement on the importance of cultural exchange, identity and openness at a time of uncertainty in U.S and Cuban relations. JEFFREY Dir. Yanillys Perez (Dominican Republic, 76 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary)

3/17 S3 11:45AM • 3/25 S3 1:55 Jeffrey is a 12 year-old aspiring Reggaeton singer living in the Dominican Republic. Despite his dreams of becoming a successful performer, he has to deal with the harsh realities of his everyday life, which might keep him from achieving stardom. WASHINGTON SOUND MUSEUM: HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL CAPOEIRA, INSIDE THE GAME Dir. Jorge Itapuã (Brazil, 75 min., 2016, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

3/18 S9 11:30AM • 3/25 S9 5:30 Jorge Itapuã and Ella, two traveling capoeira players and master and disciple, go on a journey around the world to encounter the capoeira movements of other countries. Together they visit places such as Israel, India, USA, Japan and Indonesia. While Itapuã performs, Ella shoots every step of this adventure with her camera. However, being in contact with different cultures awakens Ella’s desire of becoming a master herself. As Ella embraces the idea of not being behind the camera anymore, her relationship with her master faces strong transformations.

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Dir. Gemal Wood (Brazil / USA, 73 min., 2017, English; Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary) 3/19 S10 4:15 • 3/24 S1 12:15 • 3/25 S9 11:30AM

This film explores the musical exchange between Christylez Bacon's DC-centric Hip Hop and various music styles from Brazil. THE WAY TO ANDINA Dir. Arlen Parsa (USA, 70 min., 2017, English, Documentary) 3/17 DGC 4:15 • 3/23 S3 6:45

When Arlen discovers his Colombian great-grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that's never been performed, he knows what he has to do... He just doesn't know how to do it. Despite having zero experience with opera, and not even speaking Spanish, he takes a leap of faith. But after promising his entire family that the 80-year-old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head?


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FREE STUDENT OUTREACH SCREENINGS SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM Dir. Paul Espinosa (USA, 87 min., 2017, English, Documentary) Friday 3/23 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL FILMS

A multi-layered portrait of San Diego musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Despite the major social transformations that occurred in San Diego during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, much of that history is scarcely known today, particularly the contributions made by young Chicanos. A portrait of one charismatic musician and activist allows us to revisit this pivotal era of American history and to provoke dialogue about the many hurdles that had to be overcome to gain equal rights for Latinos in today’s society. Special Guest: Paul Espinosa, director.

EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA Dir. Jim Mckay

Tuesday 3/20 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (USA, 97 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports / Drama)

José is an undocumented immigrant living in New York City. His work as a delivery boy for a restaurant is challenging and his only relief is the few hours he spends playing soccer on the weekend. When his team makes it to the championship, he and his friends are elated. However, his boss tells him he has to work on the day of his championship, making José choose between his team and his job. UN EXILIO: PELÍCULA FAMILIAR Dir. Juan Francisco Urrusti (Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)

Wednesday 3/21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The wrongly-termed Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) left more than a million dead and over 500 thousand refugees, of which some 20 thousand are taken in by Mexico. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, aunt, and some of their friends. A tragedy of epic dimensions that turned into the eventful stories of survival and assimilation by the subjects, recalling their experiences and revealing the shared history between Mexico and Spain in the 20th century and beyond. Special Guest: Juan Francisco Urrusti, director. YOUTH VISIONS Presented by Media Arts Center San Diego Thursday 3/22 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A collection of films from young filmmakers who found their medium of expression in telling stories through film. This handpicked selection of short films features both fiction and nonfiction pieces, produced by filmmakers of varying levels of experience, that address a range of topics including immigration, politics, health, the arts, gentrification, and more.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FILMS INSTANTÁNEA Dir. Catalina Arango (Ecuador, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) Tuesday 3/21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A young child photographer is spending the holidays with her grandparents, a vacation she’s not looking forward to. Mario, her grandfather, is pretty serious about helping her study mathematics throughout the break, indicating a boring vacation. Everything changes when her grandfather gives Antonia his old Polaroid camera. New friends, adventures, and some mischief will make this an unforgettable vacation. AMIGOS DEL TREN Dirs. Andrea Fumagalli, Andrea Salvadore (Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) Wednesday 3/22 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Marcelo, a Bolivian man living in Mexico, dedicates his life to helping migrants from Central America who are traveling North riding on freight trains. Every day he brings food and clothes to the train tracks together with Lucero, a Mexican woman, and Mia, from Bolivia. The three of them are the Amigos del Tren. THE WAY TO ANDINA Dir. Arlen Parsa (USA, 70 min., 2017, English, Documentary) Thursday 3/22 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

When Arlen discovers his Colombian great-grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that's never been performed, he knows what he has to do... He just doesn't know how to do it. Despite having zero experience with opera, and not even speaking Spanish, he takes a leap of faith. But after promising his entire family that the 80-year-old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head? Guest Speaker: Arlen Parsa, director. LA LEYENDA DEL CHARRO NEGRO Dir. Alberto Rodriguez (Mexico, 85 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) Friday 3/23 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The fifth installment of the Leyendas Series of animated films follows Leo and his brother Nando as they face off with the nefarious Charro Negro, an entity looking to get his soul back.

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V I VA MUJERES SHOWCA SE The San Diego Latino Film Festival is champion for every woman who stands behind the camera in hopes of creating thoughtful, exciting, and groundbreaking films. This collection of unforgettable films is evidence that there is nothing that can compare to the power portrayed onscreen when a woman director takes helm of a motion picture. Featuring unforgettable performances from actresses such as Karina Gidi and Paulina Garcia, these amazing films rank among the best the festival has to offer. LOS ADIOSES Dir. Natalia Beristaín (México, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/15 S10 8:15 • 3/21 S2 7:00 Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student who seems to be living in the wrong time period. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra threatens to derail her ambitions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she will ignite a discussion that will mark a turning point in her life. ALANIS Dir. Anahí Berneri (Argentina, 82 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/22 DGC 6:10 • 3/25 S3 8:20 A young Buenos Aires mother finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her.

ANGELICA Dir. Marisol Gómez-Mouakad (Puerto Rico / Mexico, 95 min., 2017, Spanish w/English subtitles, Drama)

3/17 S1 2:25 Angelica has spent her whole life escaping from her mixed racial identity, but a family crisis forces her to look inside and rethink her life. After a family tragedy, Angelica has to decide whether to return to the comfort of her previous life, secure but unsatisfied, or venture to rediscover herself as an independent, modern, strong, mulatto and Puerto Rican woman. LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO Dirs. Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato (Argentina / Chile, 85 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/15 DGC 7:55 • 3/18 S2 8:40 • 3/25 S2 5:40 54-year-old Teresa (Paulina Garcia, Gloria) has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation. PACIFICO NORTE Dir. Valentina Sachetti (Mexico, 113 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/16 S3 6:45 • 3/21 DGC 4:00 Sofía makes a home-made video of her holidays travelling through the North Pacific coast with her friends Marielena and Clara. Marielena is obsessed with following the itinerary she made, but Sofia's irresponsibility and spontaneity force her to take new decisions. Meanwhile, Clara carries with the secret of a possible but doubtful pregnancy. Between incredible landscapes, summer romances, trivial moments and a clear difficulty to coexist, the three girls make a trip that changes their lives.

ZAMA Dir. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina / Brazil / Spain / France / Netherlands / Mexico / Portugal / USA, 115 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

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3/17 DGC 8:00 • 3/23 S10 6:00 • 3/25 S1 9:40 Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town he is living in.. His situation is delicate and wants to ensure that nothing gets in the way of his transfer. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.


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E L C O R A Z ÓN SHOWCA SE PRESENTED BY Matters of the heart are the forefront of the films in this returning San Diego Latino Film Festival showcase. Whether dealing with romantic disagreements, issues of personal growth, or the bond between two family members, this showcase makes it abundantly clear that sometimes, when things get complicated, the best thing to do is to lose your heart in order to come to your senses.

DONAIRE Y ESPLENDOR Dir. Arturo Montenegro (Panama, 96 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy)

3/15 S2 7:45 • 3/24 S2 12:00 In this sparkling romantic comedy set during carnival, the long standing feud between two families is re-ignited when an unexpected romantic connection occurs between two individuals on opposite sides of the squabble. MAÑANA NO TE OLVIDES Dir. José E. Pintor (Dominican Republic, 110 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

BRUMA

3/17 S9 11:30AM • 3/18 S2 3:45 • 3/23 DGC 4:00 Upon the death of Roberto’s wife, somebody must take care of him due to his Alzheimer's disease. Ruth, his daughter, decides to bring him to live with her family, despite her husband Alfredo claiming there's enough trouble at home taking care of Jan, their 22 year-old son with Down syndrome. The arrival of Roberto brings both grandfather and grandson to discover they both have so many unfulfilled dreams in common, which they will accomplish together.

Dir. Max Zunino (Mexico, 84 min., 2017, Spanish, German w/ English subtitles; English, Drama)

3/16 S9 8:30 • 3/21 DGC 6:30 Martina is a young woman who has always done everything that she was told to do. She begins to question her squared and suffocating life in Mexico City when she realizes that she is pregnant, and also wonders if it is really the life she wants to live. She decides to fly to Berlin with the excuse of looking for the father she never met. In this escape she meets Angel, an enigmatic and magical person that helps her to discover who she really is. MELOCOTONES Dir. Hector Valdez (Dominican Republic, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)

EL CALLEJÓN Dir. Caro Duarte (Mexico, 104 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/24 S10 7:25 A young woman, who is still married to a man that disappeared a year ago, struggles against her own morality when she falls in love with a country singer. CETÁCEOS Dir. Florencia Percia (Argentina, 77 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/17 S9 3:40 • 3/24 DGC 1:00 Clara and Alejandro move into a new home, but soon he goes on a work trip and she stays alone, surrounded by a disarray of unpacked boxes. This mess compels her to live new experiences that will lead her to question the closed and hermetic world where she lives in.

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3/16 S10 4:15 • 3/18 DGC 1:40 • 3/23 S10 8:20 When Diego's girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway, he will find any means possible to amend or fix what happened. Even if it means competing with different versions of himself when traveling through time. Featuring Joaquín Ferreira (Club de Cuervos). PINAMAR Dir. Federico Godfrid (Argentina, 84 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)

3/16 S3 4:45 • 3/18 S3 3:15 Two brothers return to Pinamar after their mother's death, to say their final goodbye and sell the family apartment. While Pablo wants to finish as fast as possible, Miguel wants to enjoy the visit. So, during their stay in Pinamar the remembrance of the past comes to life with Laura, an old friend of Miguel that both fancy, and while they are trying to win her over, they rediscover their relationship and learn that every ending is always the beginning of something new. SE BUSCA NOVIO PARA... MI MUJER Dir. Diego Rougier (Chile / Argentina, 99 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)

3/16 S10 6:05 • 3/21 DGC 8:20 Paco is so fed up with his nagging and nitpicking wife that decides to come up with an ingenious plan to end their unhappy union: he’ll hire a local Don Juan to sweep her off her feet and out of their marriage.


NAR R AT I VE FI LM S SYNO PSES 3/15 S10/8:15 3/21 S2/7:00

LOS ADIOSES / Dir. Natalia Beristaín (México, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student who seems to be living in the wrong time period. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra threatens to derail her ambitions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she will ignite a discussion that will mark a turning point in her life. Viva Mujeres Showcase.

3/22 DGC/6:10 3/25 S3/8:20

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AYÚDAME A PASAR LA NOCHE / Dir. José Ramón Chávez (Mexico, 92 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) A family is at its breaking point. Dad (Hernán Mendoza) has kicked Mom out the house because she has a gambling addiction, their older child's fiancée wants to cancel their wedding, and the youngest child believes he can fix his family and bring them back together. An accident will make everyone reconsider their decisions; but the doctors say one of them will not make it through the night. Mexico Today Showcase.

3/15 S9/4:30 3/18 S2/12:00 3/24 DGC/8:25

ALANIS / Dir. Anahí Berneri (Argentina, 82 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) A young Buenos Aires mother finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her. Viva Mujeres Showcase.

3/16 S3/9:30

ALUCARDA / Dir. Juan López Moctezuma (Mexico, 85 min., 1977, English, Horror) Two young girls living in a convent are possessed by a demonic force and wreak havoc to those around them in this controversial and blasphemous horror classic from Juan López Moctezuma. Un mundo extraño Showcase.

3/24 S3/8:10 3/25 S9/3:20

AMERICAN CURIOUS/ Dir. Gabylu Lara (Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English , Romance) A cross-cultural story of one man's journey toward identity, AMERICAN CURIOUS goes across the border with David Green, an adopted man who learns that the birth mother he never knew passed away and left a restaurant behind where the beautiful Sol (Ana Claudia Talancón, El crimen del Padre Amaro) is the chef. Mexico Today Showcase.

3/17 S1/2:25

ANGELICA / Dir. Marisol Gómez-Mouakad (Puerto Rico / Mexico, 95 min., 2017, Spanish w/English subtitles, Drama) Angelica has spent her whole life escaping from her mixed racial identity, but a family crisis forces her to look inside and rethink her life. After a family tragedy, Angelica has to decide whether to return to the comfort of her previous life, secure but unsatisfied, or venture to rediscover herself as an independent, modern, strong, mulatto and Puerto Rican woman. Viva Mujeres.

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BAD LUCKY GOAT / Dir. Samir Oliveros (Colombia, 76 min., 2017, Creole w/ English subtitles, Dramedy) After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise. Spotlight Films Showcase.

3/23 S9/7:15

10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: BAJO LA MISMA LUNA/ Dir. Patricia Riggen (Mexico / USA, 104 min., 2008, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. 25th Anniversary Film Showcase.

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BODY ELECTRIC / Dir. Marcelo Caetano (Brazil, 94 min., 2017, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Drama) Carefree Elias works at a textile factory, juggling long shifts, dreams of the sea, and animated nights-out with no-strings sexual encounters. As he tries to discern where his future may lead him, Elias tries to take pleasure in the small things in life. After yet another night of working overtime, he and his coworkers decide to go out for a bit of fun, ultimately leading to new encounters and unexpected desires. ¡Somos! Film Showcase.


N A R R AT I V E F I LM S SYNO P SES 3/18 S1/4:30 3/21 S1/9:45

BROCHE DE ORO: COMIENZOS/ Dir. Raúl Marchand Sánchez (Puerto Rico, 87 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) In this hilarious prequel to the hit Broche de Oro, our favorite group of friends meet for the first time at an elders’ home. With their typical wit, they recruit other residents, particularly a trio they call The Greeks, to challenge the status quo and enter a contest with the hopes of winning a prize. Because there are no rules for growing old, Broche de oro: Beginnings celebrates life and reminds us to live it to the fullest until the end. Spotlight Films.

3/16 S9/8:30 3/21 DGC/6:30

BRUMA / Dir. Max Zunino (Mexico, 84 min., 2017, Spanish, German w/ English subtitles; English, Drama) Martina is a young woman who has always done everything that she was told to do. She begins to question her squared and suffocating life in Mexico City when she realizes that she is pregnant, and also wonders if it is really the life she wants to live. She decides to fly to Berlin with the excuse of looking for the father she never met. In this escape she meets Angel, an enigmatic and magical person that helps her to discover who she really is. El Corazón Film Showcase.

3/18 S10/7:05

LOS BUENOS DEMONIOS/ Dir. Gerardo Chijona (Cuba, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Tito is 23 years-old, has a mother who loves him, and a vehicle that allows him to earn an honest living as a driver. To his neighbors, he is an educated and respectable individual. However, Tito has a particular outlook on life, one that leads him to commit terrible acts. He isn’t concerned about the consequences, at least not yet, because all that he cares about is the present. Spotlight Films Showcase.

3/24 S10/7:25

3/16 DGC/6:10 3/18 S1/7:15 3/22 S1/5:00 CAMINO A MARTE / Dir. Humberto Hinojosa Ozcáriz (Mexico, 93 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Adventure/Drama) Emilia (Tessa Ia) is a young woman suffering from a life altering illness. She and her friend Violeta (Camila Sodi) decide to embark on a once in a lifetime road trip. Along the way, they meet a mysterious man (Luis Gerardo Méndez, Club de Cuervos) who claims to be an extraterrestrial. Their encounter with this individual leads them to attain a deeper understanding of love and friendship. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

3/24 S3/5:50 3/25 S10/12:45

CAMPEONES/ Dir. Lourdes Deschamps (Mexico/ Peru, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Sports) This film tracks the personal stories of the young members of the soccer team that won the first U-17 soccer World Cup for Mexico. These boys overcame many personal struggles to be able to perform to the best of their ability on the field and become champions. Camino al Mundial Showcase.

3/17 S2/4:00 3/25 S10/5:35

CASI LEYENDAS/ Dir. Gabriel Nesci (Argentina / Spain, 116 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama, Comedy, Music) The members of a forgotten rock band from the 90's get back together after 25 years of not playing, not seeing each other, and not being able to solve their own life problems. Facing an uphill battle against the modern music industry they will try to find the success they never had. Ritmo Latino Showcase.

3/17 S9/3:40 3/24 DGC/1:00

EL CALLEJÓN / Dir. Caro Duarte

CETÁCEOS / Dir. Florencia Percia

(Mexico, 104 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) A young woman, who is still married to a man that disappeared a year ago, struggles against her own morality when she falls in love with a country singer. El Corazón Showcase.

(Argentina, 77 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Clara and Alejandro move into a new home, but soon he goes on a work trip and she stays alone, surrounded by a disarray of unpacked boxes. This mess compels her to live new experiences that will lead her to question the closed and hermetic world where she lives in. El Corazón Showcase.

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CINE LOTERIA / Dir. Eduardo Luis Arguelles (Mexico/ USA, 89 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy) A modern day Peter Pan struggles to find the ending to his film, and when he falls in love with his psychiatric doctor, he finds that growing up is really hard to do. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

3/17 S1/7:00 3/19 DGC/7:45 3/21 S1/5:00 COMPLICES / Dir. Luis Eduardo Reyes (Dominican Republic / Mexico, 90 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy) Juan Campos (Arath de la Torre) has dedicated his life to seducing the most beautiful women with his friend and accomplice, Luis Pani. When they prepare for their trip to the Dominican Republic, Luis falls ill, and Juan is forced to take his nephew Mau (Jesus Zavala), a 20 year old boy who is going through the depression of losing his first love. While Juan trains Mau in the art of seduction, Teresa D’Ors (Marina de Tavira) appears, the only woman in the world capable of paralyzing Juan. Together, they venture on a journey where they will learn from each other and discover that in love nothing is certain. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

3/23 S1/8:00 3/24 S3/11:45AM

DONAIRE Y ESPLENDOR / Dir. Arturo Montenegro (Panama, 96 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy) In this sparkling romantic comedy set during carnival, the long standing feud between two families is re-ignited when an unexpected romantic connection occurs between two individuals on opposite sides of the squabble. El corazón Showcase.

3/19 S1/5:00 3/23 S2/7:05

EN ALGÚN LUGAR / Dir. Tadeo Garcia (USA / Mexico, 112 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English; Drama) Set against the background of a broken U.S. immigration system, En Algun Lugar is a love story between two young men, Abel & Diego. When tragedy strikes and Diego's immigration status is revealed, Abel and Diego discover the power of love during uncertain times. ¡Somos! Film Showcase.

3/18 S1/12:15 3/20 S2/8:55

EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA / Dir. Jim Mckay

CONDORITO / Dir. Alex Orrelle, Eduardo Schuldt (Mexico, 88 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) The most beloved comic strip in Latin America comes to life with Condorito: La Pelicula! Condorito (Omar Chaparro) is ready to propose to Yayita and tie the knot, but when his disapproving mother-in-law Tremebunda (Coco Legrand) is abducted by an alien king, Condorito and his nephew must embark an out of this world adventure to save "La Suegra"- as well as planet Earth! Para la Familia Showcase.

3/16 S1/7:20 3/18 DGC/8:00 3/24 S1/9:50 LA CORDILLERA / Dir. Santiago Mitre (Argentina/ France/ Spain, 114 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Political Thriller) At a summit for Latin American presidents in Chile, where the region’s geopolitical strategies and alliances are in discussion, Argentine president Hernán Blanco (Ricardo Darín, Wild Tales) endures a political and family drama forcing him to face his own demons. He’ll have to make two decisions that could change the course of his public and private lives forever: the complicated emotional situation with his daughter (Dolores Fonzi, Truman), and the most important political decision of his career. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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(USA, 97 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports / Drama) José is an undocumented immigrant living in New York City. His work as a delivery boy for a restaurant is challenging and his only relief is the few hours he spends playing soccer on the weekend. When his team makes it to the championship, he and his friends are elated. However, his boss tells him he has to work on the day of his championship, making José choose between his team and his job. Camino al Mundial Showcase.

3/16 S1/5:15 3/22 S1/7:15 3/24 DGC/6:20 UNA ESPECIE DE FAMILIA / Dir. Diego Lerman (Argentina/ Brazil /Poland / France, 96 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramatic thriller) A woman flies from Buenos Aires to be present for the birth of the child she has arranged to adopt. When the child is born, she is confronted with a demand from the biological mother's family for $10,000 and an adoption process confounded with moral and legal ambiguities. Spotlight Films Showcase.


N A R R AT I V E F I LM S SYNO P SES 3/15 S2/9:45 3/22 S2/4:45

EXTRAÑO PERO VERDADERO / Dir. Michel Lipkes (Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) A garbage truck roams the streets of Mexico city, aboard it are four workers whose fates will collide. Every day they systematically clean up the city streets, which is challenging strenuous work. One night, they stumble upon the corpse of a man with a hidden wad of cash. The workers must decide to do the right thing or live with the moral consequences. Mexico Today Showcase.

3/15 S3/6:20 3/24 S3/3:50

FÉLIZ AÑO TIJUANA/ Dir. Andrew van Baal (Mexico/ USA, 75 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) A chance encounter with a former student in Tijuana on New Year's Eve leads to an emotionally turbulent night for a professor who's at a crossroads in his life. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

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FLAVOR OF LIFE / Dir. Rajesh Golla (USA, 92 min., 2018, English, Drama/Family) The solitary life of a weary Latino chef (legendary Latino actor Pepe Serna, Scarface) gets complicated when he reluctantly takes in his estranged grandson after a prison stint. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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FUGA DE LA PATAGONIA / Dir. Javier Zevallos, Francisco D’Eufemia (Argentina, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama) 1879. In the depths of Patagonia, the explorer Francisco "Perito" Moreno commands a cartographic expedition. He is taken prisoner and accused of espionage by the Mapuche Council. After being sentenced to death, Moreno escapes and Indian Chief Valentín Sayhueque sends his son after him. To survive, Moreno will have to face the wild and unpredictable nature. A territory without rules, turned into a hell of violence by the advance of the denominated "Campaign of the desert", led by the Argentinian army. Aventuras Film Showcase.

3/15 S2/5:00 3/21 S2/9:00 3/25 S10/8:15 GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN / Dir. Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil/France, 131 min., 2017, Portuguese/French w/ English subtitles, Drama) Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decides to travel the world for one year, with his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrives in Kenya determined to explore the African continent, until he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his last destination. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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HELENA / Dir. Alejandro Sugich (Mexico, 89 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama/Romance) A bond is created between Mexican DJ Iván (Alfonso Dosal) and Spanish cello artist Julieta, when she arrives in Mexico City, alone and without plans. It seems her relationship with Luis, her fiancé and an important Orchestra director, is coming to an end. Iván takes care of Julieta over the span of 24 hours, resulting in an undeniable attraction. Mexico Today Showcase.

3/16 DGC/4:00 3/20 S1/7:30 3/21 S10/4:15 LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL / Dir. Michel Franco (Mexico, 103 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the economic strain and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call their mother. April (Julieta’s Emma Suarez) arrives, willing to help her daughters, but we soon understand why Valeria had wanted her to stay away. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

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EL INCA / Dir. Ignacio Castillo Cottin (Venezuela, 128 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Based on the true story of the undefeated two-time World Boxing Champion Edwin Valero, El Inca is a powerhouse biographical drama about talent and charisma, love and ambition, excess and self-destruction. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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INQUILINOS / Dir. Chava Cartas (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Horror) Luzma and Demián (Danny Perea and Erick Elías), a young couple, have just moved to an old neighborhood, trying to leave behind an incident that torments them. Hopeful, they do their best to take this change as an opportunity to start over. Nevertheless, Luzma begins to discover that their neighbors hide terrible secrets that lead to paranormal phenomena and that will eventually force the couple to deal with their worst fears. Un mundo extraño Showcase. 3/17 3/18

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INSTANTANEA / Dir. Catalina Arango (Ecuador, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) A young child photographer is spending the holidays with her grandparents, a vacation she’s not looking forward to. Mario, her grandfather, is pretty serious about helping her study mathematics throughout the break, indicating a boring vacation. Everything changes when her grandfather gives Antonia his old Polaroid camera. New friends, adventures, and some mischief will make this an unforgettable vacation. Para la Familia Showcase.

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LA LEYENDA DEL CHARRO NEGRO / Dir. Alberto Chino Rodriguez (Mexico, 85 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family) The fifth installment of the Leyendas Series of animated films follows Leo and his brother Nando as they face off with the nefarious Charro Negro, an entity looking to get his soul back. Para la Familia Showcase.

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MACHUCA / Dir. Andrés Wood (Argentina, 121 min., 2004, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama) Set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet. The potent events are accompanied by a searingly beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story. 25th Anniversary Film Showcase.

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3/17 S9/11:30AM 3/18 S2/3:45 3/23 DGC/4:00 MAÑANA NO TE OLVIDES / Dir. José E. Pintor (Dominican Republic, 110 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Upon the death of Roberto’s wife, somebody must take care of him due to his Alzheimer's disease. Ruth, his daughter, decides to bring him to live with her family, despite her husband Alfredo claiming there's enough trouble at home taking care of Jan, their 22 year-old son with Down syndrome. The arrival of Roberto brings both grandfather and grandson to discover they both have so many unfulfilled dreams in common, which they will accomplish together. El Corazón Showcase.

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LO MÁS SENCILLO ES COMPLICARLO TODO / Dir. Rene Bueno (Mexico, 94 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic comedy) Danna Paola stars in this romantic comedy about a seventeen year-old girl who generates a plan to break up the new relationship of her lifelong crush and his beautiful, smart new girlfriend. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

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MATAR A JESÚS / Dir. Laura Mora (Colombia / Argentina, 99 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Paula, a young Colombian student, witnesses the cold-blooded murder of her father. After suffering the police’s ineffectiveness, she accidentally encounters the hitman responsible for the job. Driven by anger, frustration and pain, revenge seems to be her only possible choice. Spotlight Films Showcase.

3/16 S10/4:15 3/18 DGC/1:40 3/23 S10/8:20 MELOCOTONES / Dir. Hector Valdez (Dominican Republic, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) When Diego's girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway, he will find any means possible to amend or fix what happened. Even if it means competing with different versions of himself when traveling through time. Featuring Joaquín Ferreira (Club de Cuervos). El Corazón Showcase.


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MEXICO BARBARO II / Dir. Diego Cohen, Christian Cueva, Ricardo Farias, Michelle Garza, Carlos Meléndez, Lex Ortega, Abraham Sánchez, Sergio Tello, Fernando Urdapilleta (Mexico, 95 min., 2017, Horror) In this extreme follow-up to the successful Mexico Barbaro anthology, 9 new directors explore the brutal vein of Mexican popular culture. Un Mundo Extraño.

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MOSQUITA Y MARI / Dir. Aurora Guerrero (USA, 86 min., 2012, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Drama) In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other. 25th Anniversary Film Showcase.

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NOCTURNO / Dir. Luis Ayhllón (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Ana, a mysterious nurse, is hired to care for Oli, who is senile and terminally ill. Their tenuous relationship becomes even more uncomfortable when Ana reveals experiences from both of their pasts that they’ve shared. Mexico Today Showcase.

3/15 DGC/7:55 3/18 S2/8:40 3/25 S2/5:40 LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO / Dirs. Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato (Argentina / Chile, 85 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 54-year-old Teresa (Paulina Garcia, Gloria) has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation. Viva Mujeres Showcase.

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UNA MUJER SIN FILTRO / Dir. Luis Eduardo Reyes (Mexico, 90 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) 99% of people never say exactly what's on their mind. Paz, played by Fernanda Castillo, is a kind and gentle woman unable to express her opinions to those who are constantly taking advantage of her. After an unexpected experience with a shaman, she finds herself suddenly vocally unfiltered and able to stand up to those who have taken her for granted. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

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MI MUNDIAL / Dir. Carlos Andrés Morelli (Uruguay / Brazil / Argentina, 102 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports Drama) A 13-year old small-town soccer prodigy from Uruguay gets the chance of his life to follow his dreams and get his humble family out of poverty. Propelled into youth pro soccer, he is soon blinded by life in the fast track and gets into collision course with his heart-of-gold janitor dad. It takes an accident to bring him down to earth and recognize what is really important in life. Camino al Mundial Showcase.

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NAR R AT I VE FI LM S SYNO PSES 3/15 S1/9:55 3/21 S9/7:00 OTRA HISTORIA DEL MUNDO / Dir. Guillermo Casanova (Uruguay, 100 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramedy) Two best friends decide to air out their grievances against the newly installed military governor in their small Uruguayan town over the radio. When the governor strikes out against one of them, the other launches a full fledged campaign to seek justice for his friend. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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PACIFICO NORTE / Dir. Valentina Sachetti (Mexico, 113 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Sofía makes a home-made video of her holidays travelling through the North Pacific coast with her friends Marielena and Clara. Marielena is obsessed with following the itinerary she made, but Sofia's irresponsibility and spontaneity force her to take new decisions. Meanwhile, Clara carries with the secret of a possible but doubtful pregnancy. Between incredible landscapes, summer romances, trivial moments and a clear difficulty to coexist, the three girls make a trip that changes their lives. Viva Mujeres Showcase.

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PINAMAR / Dir. Federico Godfrid (Argentina, 84 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Two brothers return to Pinamar after their mother's death, to say their final goodbye and sell the family apartment. While Pablo wants to finish as fast as possible, Miguel wants to enjoy the visit. So, during their stay in Pinamar the remembrance of the past comes to life with Laura, an old friend of Miguel that both fancy, and while they are trying to win her over, they rediscover their relationship and learn that every ending is always the beginning of something new. El Corazón Showcase.

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PUNCH THE CLOCK / Dir. Santiago Dellape (Brazil, 100 min., 2016, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Comedy/Sci-Fi) In a forgotten corner of the vast Brazilian bureaucracy, a psychotic boss uses a time machine to clone his lazy employees and increase productivity. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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3/15 S10/6:05 3/18 S10/4:50 3/23 DGC/8:10 LOS QUE AMAN, ODIAN / Dir. Alejandro Maci (Argentina, 101 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramatic thriller) Celebrated Argentine actor Guillermo Francella (El Clan) stars in Los que aman, odian, a seductive thriller about a doctor who arrives at a desolate beachside hotel only to find out his ex lover has also checked in. A whirlwind series of encounters results in a murder, and each of the guests become suspects. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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REBELDES DE ALTURA / Dir. Sergio Sánchez Suárez (Mexico, 104 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) It’s the year 1969 and students are considered public enemies number one. Luis Arrieta (TIEMPOS FELICES) plays Mitch, a wealthy student who decides to take a stand against the system. In an effort to liberate Beatriz, the love of his life who was kidnapped by a bloodthirsty general, Mitch hijacks a plane in effort to rescue her. Spotlight Films Showcase.


N A R R AT I V E F I LM S SYNO P SES 3/16 S10/6:05 3/21 DGC/8:20 SE BUSCA NOVIO PARA... MI MUJER / Dir. Diego Rougier (Chile / Argentina, 99 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) Paco is so fed up with his nagging and nitpicking wife that decides to come up with an ingenious plan to end their unhappy union: he’ll hire a local Don Juan to sweep her off her feet and out of their marriage. El Corazón Showcase.

3/16 DGC/8:15 3/19 S1/7:45 3/20 S2/4:45 SEPTIEMBRE / Dir. Kenneth Muller (Guatemala / Mexico, 70 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Teresa was just three months old when, on September 5th 1980, a bomb tore through the bus carrying her and her mother. Teresa lost her mother and her hearing that day. The years to come would be a time of painful reckoning for Teresa, her father, played by Saúl Lisazo, and her wounded country. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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SIETE SEMILLAS / Dir. Daniel Rodrígo Visco (Peru, 95 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Ignacio Rodriguez, a workaholic who has neglected his family and his own health, ends up in the hospitable after a particularly challenging work situation presents itself. His brother recommends he visits a spiritual guide (played by Javier Camara) to get him back on track. Despite his initial disbelief, Ignacio decides to go see him and begins a journey to find inner peace. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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SIGNATURE MOVE / Dir. Jennifer Reeder (USA, 80 min., 2016, Urdu; Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Drama) Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling. ¡Somos! Film Showcase.

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SINFONÍA PARA ANA / Dir. Ernesto Ardito; Virna Molina (Argentina, 119 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) 15 year-old Ana is a happy teenager living in Argentina during the early 1970s. She unexpectedly finds herself in a romantic triangle with two very different boys.Her heart is trapped between two passions, while the military dictatorship casts the shadows of death, solitude and terror over her world. Spotlight Films Showcase.

3/15 S1/7:30 3/22 DGC/8:10 3/25 S1/3:40 TIEMPO COMPARTIDO / Dir. Sebastián Hoffman (Mexico, 96 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) In the sly and subversive Sundance winner Tiempo compartido, Pedro (Luis Gerardo Méndez, Club de Cuervos) and his wife Eva (Cassandra Ciangherotti) take their son on a “healing” vacation to a luxurious timeshare resort. Unfortunately, trouble presents itself from the get-go as they find out their unit has been double booked and that the resort itself is a site for disgruntled employees, among them Andres (Miguel Rodarte), and false promises. Mexico Today Showcase.

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TIERRA FIRME / Dir. Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spain, 111 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramedy) In their mid-30s, Eva and Kat’s humble, yet carefree, lifestyle in their London canal boat gets turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end the bohemian lifestyle she’s always envisioned with Eva. When Kat’s best friend, Roger, drops in from Barcelona, they decide to use him as a donor to start a family, leading them to redefine their concept of what it means to be a family. ¡Somos! Film Showcase.

3/15 DGC/6:10 3/23 S10/4:15 3/24 S10/5:45 TRAIGÁN LA HIERBA / Dir. Denny Brechner (Uruguay, 75 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) Alfredo Rodríguez, the Director of the 'Uruguayan Chamber of Legal Marijuana', is sent to the United States on an “Unofficial Mission” to find marijuana to supply Uruguay after it is fully legalized. Throughout the film, Alfredo meets the most influential leaders concerning marijuana and has real-life encounters with them. All of the characters believe they are interacting with the actual Director of the Uruguayan Chamber of Legal Marijuana, even though the institution doesn't really exist. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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TUYA MÍA… TE LA APUESTO / Dir. Rodrigo Triana (Mexico, 90 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Sports / Comedy) Adrían Uribe stars in this hilarious comedy about an obsessed soccer fan who has to decide between his commitment to his wife and family responsibilities or his love for the game. Camino al Mundial Showcase.

3/18 S3/9:00 3/23 S1/10:15 UMBRAL / Dir. Claudio Perrin (Argentina, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Crime/Drama) Maria´s house is in silence until some distant screams are heard coming from the street. She hears a knock, opens the door, and a group of people push her aside and break in. All of them have committed murder. Besieged in that house in the middle of the night they make a pact of silence while waiting for the law to carry away the corpse they just lynched. Inside the house, they begin to grapple and deal with the consequences of their awful act. Un mundo extraño Showcase.

3/18 S1/2:25 3/25 S1/7:40 EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE / Dir. Pablo Solarz (Spain /Argentina, 86 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from a certain death at the end of World War II. After seven decades without any contact with him, Abraham will try to find his old friend and keep his promise to return one day. Jewish Latino Showcase.

3/16 S9/6:20 3/24 S3/1:45 VALENTINA / Dir. Jorge Xolalpa, Jr. (USA, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) When her daughter is held hostage, Valentina tries to find a way to come up with the ransom money, leading her to fight the system. Spotlight Films Showcase.

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EL VECINO / Dir. Giancarlo Ruiz (Mexico, 76 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Experimental) Raúl suffers from psychological disorders. He lives in a two-story building. He learns that his downstairs neighbors have marital problems. He monitors their every move intruding in their lives. Raúl wants what he doesn’t have: a relationship. His desire becomes obsessive until he kidnaps his neighbor. Un mundo extraño Showcase.

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STARZ PRESENTS: VIDA / Dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios (USA, 60 min., 2018, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Television Show) Vida is a half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and surprising truth about their mother's identity. Latinos on TV Showcase.

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VIVE POR MÍ / Dir. Chema de la Peña (Mexico, 105 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Vive por mí, starring Martha Higareda and Tenoch Huerta, explores the fragile lives of four characters during a month of their lives. Time that passes between two accidents that scar their lives and cross their destinies, pushes them to confront life, and redeem their pasts. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

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N A R R AT I V E F I LM S SYNO P SES 3/15 S10/4:15 3/17 DGC/6:00 3/24 S9/6:15 VUELVEN / Dir. Issa López (Mexico, 83 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Fantasy/Horror) In this critically celebrated and unforgettable dark fairy tale, a young girl named Estrella wants nothing more but to have her missing mother come back. She gets her wish but not in the way she expects. As she deals with this inexplicable return, she and her friends will have to try to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war. Pantelion Presents Showcase.

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3/17 DGC/8:00 3/23 S10/6:00 3/25 S1/9:40 ZAMA / Dir. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina / Brazil / Spain / France / Netherlands / Mexico / Portugal / USA, 115 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town he is living in.. His situation is delicate and wants to ensure that nothing gets in the way of his transfer. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. Viva Mujeres Showcase.

3/17 S9/5:30 3/19 S9/4:30 ZEUS / Dir. Miguel Calderón

WEIGH DOWN / Dir. Sergio Lopez (USA, 105 min., 2017, English, Drama) An aging blues musician returns home after ten years in hopes of confronting his past, accepting who he is, and finding his son. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

(Mexico, 90 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) Joel masks his mediocre life and unhealthy relationship with his mother by practicing falconry with his treasured hawk Zeus. The monotony of his life is shaken by the appearance of Ilse, a down-to-earth secretary. This new relationship leads to the unexpected loss of his hawk and as a consequence Joel has to confront some harsh realities. Mexico Today Showcase.

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DO CU M ENTA RY FI LM S SYNO P SES 3/15 DGC/4:00 3/21 S10/6:45 3/24 S10/11:15AM ABRAZOS IMBORRABLES / Dir. Pablo Hadis (Argentina, 101 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dance / Documentary) A documentary about the resurgence of tango in Argentina and its adoption around the world. Contemporary tango legends, including those responsible for the comeback of tango, share their insights and first hand accounts on why tango has returned with such strength to the world stage, in this documentary produced with the collaboration of the Buenos Aires tango scene.. Ritmo Latino Showcase.

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ADIÓS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARÍA MORENO / Dir. Laurie Coyle (USA, 58 min., 2017, English, Documentary) In Adios Amor, the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot—Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven by her twelve children’s hunger to speak out. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—becoming an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background. The first farm worker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer, Maria’s story was silenced and her legacy buried—until now. Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase. 3/15 S3/4:45 3/18 S3/5:10 3/22 S2/6:45

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BONES OF CONTENTION / Dir. Andrea Weiss (Spain / USA, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ subtitles; English, Documentary) The dark history of Spain’s Franco era, including the punishing persecution of the LGBTQ community, is the subject of this absorbing and unsettling documentary. This moving documentary is centered around the poetry and actions of famed Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, a longtime symbol of the gay movement in the Franco dictatorship. Somos! Film Showcase.

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CAPOEIRA, INSIDE THE GAME / Dir. Jorge Itapuã (Brazil, 75 min., 2016, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Documentary) Jorge Itapuã and Ella, two traveling capoeira players, master and disciple, go on a journey around the world to encounter the capoeira movements of other countries such as Israel, India, USA, Japan and Indonesia. While Itapuã performs, Ella films every step of this adventure. However, being in contact with different cultures awakens Ella’s desire of becoming a master herself. As Ella embraces the idea of not being behind the camera anymore, her relationship with her master faces strong transformations. Ritmo Latino Showcase

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AMIGOS DEL TREN / Dirs. Andrea Fumagalli, Andrea Salvadore

CHALLAH RISING IN THE DESERT: THE JEWS OF NEW MEXICO /

(Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) Marcelo, a Bolivian man living in Mexico, dedicates his life to helping migrants from Central America who are traveling North riding on freight trains. Every day he brings food and clothes to the train tracks together with Lucero, a Mexican woman, and Mia, from Bolivia. The three of them are the Amigos del Tren. De aquí soy Showcase.

Dir. Isaac Artenstein (USA, 84 min., 2017, English, Documentary) Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico celebrates the history and people of New Mexico’s unique Jewish community. In this new feature documentary, braided Challah bread represents five waves of settlement of New Mexico’s Jewish community including Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos and the counterculture of the 1960s. Challah Rising is a moving tapestry of the Jewish experience woven into New Mexico’s unique history and landscape. Jewish Latino Showcase.

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AVENIDA BUGAMBILIA / Dir. Paulina Casmur (Mexico / USA / New Zealand, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) In 1957, Justina goes through a divorce -- the first of her family to break the laws society imposed. After this event, she decides to travel in solitude looking for new paths in her life. In her journey she began writing letters to her sister Norma, who lived in Bougainvillea Avenue in Mexico. Bougainvillea Avenue is a documentary about the sadness a woman goes through after a breakup and about finding herself again. This story is about the end of a relationship and also about a separation from society... the one that has imposed marriage as the only house for women. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

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EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN / Dir. Andrés Lübbert (Belgium / Chile, 88 min., 2017, Spanish, Dutch, German w/ English subtitles, Documentary) During the Pinochet-dictatorship, Jorge Lübbert becomes an instrument for the Chilean secret services, who force him to work for them in an extreme violent way. He is able to escape from Chile and become a war cameraman based in Belgium. Today, his son Andrés takes him back to confront an unfinished past. Documania Showcase.

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CONEXIONES: LOS CENZONTLES IN CUBA. A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF CONNECTION / Dir. James Hall (USA, 60 min., 2017, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary) Los Cenzontles, a Mexican-American roots group, were granted rare access to perform traditional Mexican music in four cities around Cuba, engaging with Cuban musicians from various walks of life. They discovered the richness of Cuban culture and Cuba’s deep affection for and fascination with Mexican culture. The film is a poignant statement on the importance of cultural exchange, identity and openness at a time of uncertainty in U.S and Cuban relations. Ritmo Latino Showcase.

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GIGANTES DESCALZOS / Dir. Álvaro Priante (México / Spain, 65 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) A look at how the sport of Basketball has shaped the lives of the children of the Triqui Region in the Mexican State of Oaxaca. The harsh mountainous terrain and various limitations within the community leaves very little hope to the youth of the land. Through the Mexican Indigenous Basketball Association and their Professor Sergio the boys and girls will find the hope that they had been lacking. Para la Familia Showcase.

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LA COSTA SALVAJE DE CUBA / Dir. Alberto Tinoco Guadarrama

HERMANOS / Dir. Laura Plancarte

(Cuba / Mexico, 60 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Nature) The small island nation of Cuba has been isolated from the rest of the world for more than half a century - and so have its vibrant coral reefs and natural coastal areas. WILDCOAST/ COSTASALVAJE is bridging ties in the name of conservation in this Por el Planeta feature length docu series highlighting some of the most beautiful and pristine natural áreas on the planet. Aventuras Showcase.

(Mexico / United Kingdom, 78 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) The film tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the US illegally after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house due to the world economic crisis and today believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises. Their journeys take them on road trips to meet with their past and with relatives who they believe can help them achieve their dreams. De aquí soy Showcase.

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ELKARREKIN - TOGETHER / Dir. Miguel Molina, Pablo Iraburu, Igot Otxoa

HUMBOLDT EN MÉXICO. LA MIRADA DEL EXPLORADOR / Dir. Ana Cruz

(Spain / USA, 98 min., 2017, Basque w/ English subtitles; English; Documentary) An expedition to a remote island in the Eastern seaboard of the United States leads Basque researchers to discover mesmerizing facts about the region’s former indigenous inhabitants. Their findings indicate a different world existed and that perhaps a reconstruction of the past can inspire a brighter future. Aventuras Showcase.

(Mexico, 82 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) The greatest explorer of Latin America narrates his journey through lands of New Spain in 1803. During his journey he discovers an extraordinary biodiversity and an ancient culture that impacts him deeply. His scientific research is still valid today as much as his denunciations against exploitation and social inequalities that he observed in New Spain. Aventuras Showcase.

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UN EXILIO: PELÍCULA FAMILIAR / Dir. Juan Francisco Urrusti (Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) The wrongly-termed Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) left more than a million dead and over 500 thousand refugees, of which some 20 thousand are taken in by Mexico. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, aunt, and some of their friends. A tragedy of epic dimensions that turned into the eventful stories of survival and assimilation by the subjects, recalling their experiences and revealing the shared history between Mexico and Spain in the 20th century and beyond. De aquí soy Showcase.

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JEFFREY / Dir. Yanillys Perez (Dominican Republic, 76 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary) Jeffrey is a 12 year-old aspiring Reggaeton singer living in the Dominican Republic. Despite his dreams of becoming a successful performer, he has to deal with the harsh realities of his everyday life, which might keep him from achieving stardom. Ritmo Latino Showcase.


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LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO / Dir. Everardo González (Mexico, 74 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) In the past five years the battle against drug crimes in Mexico has claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 individuals -- or 400,000 victims, including the children, wives, husbands, parents, and friends of the deceased. This documentary is filled with testimonies of those affected by the drug war-- and even those who took part in it. The faces of the interviewees are hidden to preserve their anonymity but their pain, emotions, and fears are magnified to an unprecedented degree. Documania Showcase. 3/19 DGC/4:00 3/21 S9/8:55

EL MAÍZ EN TIEMPOS DE GUERRA / Dir. Alberto Cortés Calderón (Mexico, 90 min, 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) An indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) family in northern Jalisco, an Ayuuk (Mixe) family in Oaxaca, and two Tzeltal families in the jungles of Chiapas discuss their cornfields, roads, and homes. They reflect on the importance of their crops, the practical knowhow enabling the everyday epic tale of corn, as well as the dangers faced by this crop and the need to preserve the land used by countless indigenous Mexican communities and farmers to grow their cornfields. Documania Showcase. 3/17 3/25

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MONA, TESORO DEL CARIBE / Dir. Sonia Fritz (Puerto Rico, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) This gorgeous documentary follows researchers studying the stunning Mona, a beautiful, distant, mythic and mysterious island, full of caves and legends, in the Caribbean. The island’s rich and textured history reveals it to be an important water supplier for explorers and in the present day a site where preservation initiatives are taking place. Aventuras Showcase.

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MY BOLIVIA, REMEMBERING WHAT I NEVER KNEW / Dir. Rick Tejada-Flores (Bolivia / USA, 60 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) Rick Tejada-Flores unravels myths and realities of his family history in Bolivia; the country where his father was born. What he finds is shocking, including a history of slavery, his grandfather’s role as President during the bloodiest war in Latin American history, the never-mentioned family member who administered the land reform stripping the family of its estates, and family connections with a Nazi war criminal. De aquí soy Showcase.

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LOS OJOS DEL MAR / Dir. José Alvarez (Mexico, 80 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentaries) Hortensia, a native woman from Tuxpan with a stormy past, starts a journey through sea and land to recover testimonies and memories of the crew of a fishing boat that disappeared five years ago in Veracruz. Gradually, the journey becomes a reflection on the meaning of life and death, built around the mythologies and deepest yearnings of the people with whom she crosses. Documania Showcase.

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PERFECTLY NORMAL FOR ME / Dir. Catherine Tambini (USA, 60 min., 2017, English, Documentary) Exceptional children in an after-school dance program show us a thing or two about determination, perseverance, joy and the satisfaction of really being seen -- in a world often blind to their very existence. Documania Films Showcase.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO / Dir. Phillip Rodriguez (USA, 57 min., 2017, English, Documentary) THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO is a fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson. Acosta’s powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure within the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 70s. Latino Public Broadcasting Showcase. 3/23 S9/9:45

SAICOLOGIA / Dir. Sergio Brown Figueredo (Mexico, 52 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) A uniquely shot documentary centered around an artist’s own perspective and journey into his mind following an unspeakable family incident. Through his interactions with society both his dramatic past and his future are unveiled. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase


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TIJUANA JEWS / Dir. Isaac Artenstein

(Spain, 95 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) Carlos Saura, a living legend. Felix Viscarret, a director who wants to make a film portrait of the great master. He comes up with a plan he thinks is brilliant. He’ll show the intimate side of Saura through conversations between the genius and his 7 children. Everyone accepts. But Saura doesn’t like talking about the past. Viscarret insists. Saura likes painting. And photography. Viscarret doesn’t give up. He tries again. Saura likes painting. And photography. Documania Showcase.

(USA / Mexico, 52 min., 2005, English, Documentary) Throughout the early twentieth century thousands of European Jews sailed to Mexico looking for opportunity and escaping increasing persecution at home. A small group made their way north to the border town of Tijuana. Tijuana Jews, is a one-hour documentary and a personal exploration of this community that blended Jewish and Mexican cultures and customs in an unlikely place and time. Jewish Latino Showcase.

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LA SELVA NEGRA / Dir. Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak (Mexico, 71 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of main character – a Mexican shaman, Don Juan – who falls under the spell of a pyramid schememarketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. The film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film. Documania Showcase.

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SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM / Dir. Paul Espinosa (USA, 87 min., 2017, English, Documentary) A multilayered portrait of San Diego musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. The film chronicles Chunky’s remarkable life events from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to receiving the National Heritage Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2013. A portrait of one charismatic musician and activist allows us to revisit this pivotal era of American history and to provoke dialogue about the many hurdles that had to be overcome to gain equal rights for Latinos in today’s society. Frontera Filmmakers Showcase.

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EL TERCER ESPACIO / Dir. Nejemye Tenenbaum (Mexico, 88 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) A hundred years after the establishment of the Jewish-Syrian Community in Mexico City, its history is re-lived through a number of compelling and touching stories. THE THIRD PLACE narrates the evolution, achievements, and struggles of a minority group that grapples between integrating into the country that welcomed them and preserving their religiousethnic identity and continuity. Jewish Latino Showcase.

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LOS TRUENOS DE SAN JUAN / Dir. Santiago Maza Stern (Mexico, 84 min, 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) The ancient carnival of a town is condemned by the Church and persecuted by the law due to the colossal amount of explosives blown up with sledgehammers during the festivity. Three men embody the distinct ways of celebrating the tradition. Documania Showcase.

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UNDOCUMENTED / Dir. Patricia Shih (USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017, English, Documentary) The true story of an undocumented immigrant who traveled as a 13 year-old with his 11 year-old brother through the Bermuda Triangle during hurricane season to join their parents whom they had not seen in years. Harold Fernandez's journey took him eventually to Princeton University, where his undocumented status was revealed, endangering his entire family. He overcame much hardship, fear and huge obstacles to get where he is today one of the top cardiac surgeons in the New York metro region. De aquí soy Showcase. 3/17 3/20

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VIETNAM, PUERTO RICO / Dir. Gabriel Miranda (Puerto Rico, 102 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary) As Puerto Rico falls deeper and deeper into an unprecedented crisis, this is Vietnam’s story, a community or barrio located on the coast of Guaynabo fighting an illegal expropriation at the hands of a career politician. Their experience echoes the island’s current struggles with an unparalleled migration, a notion of progress fueled by corruption, crippling economic debt, and displaced poor and middle class families, whose land is being purchased by millionaires. De aquí soy Showcase.

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3/19 S10/4:15 3/24 S1/12:15 3/25 S9/11:30AM WASHINGTON SOUND MUSEUM: HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL / Dir. Gemal Wood (Brazil / USA, 73 min., 2017, English; Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Music / Documentary) This film explores the musical exchange between Christylez Bacon's DC-centric Hip Hop and various music styles from Brazil. Ritmo Latino Showcase.

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THE WAY TO ANDINA / Dir. Arlen Parsa (USA, 70 min., 2017, English, Documentary) When Arlen discovers his Colombian great-grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that's never been performed, he knows what he has to do... He just doesn't know how to do it. Despite having zero experience with opera, and not even speaking Spanish, he takes a leap of faith. But after promising his entire family that the 80-year-old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head? Ritmo Latino Showcase.


SH ORT P RO G RAM SYNO PSES ¡Somos! Cine LGBTQ+ Shorts 3/18 S9 3:35pm Stories of vital self-discovery, moving new beginnings and earnest eternal love populate this compilation of films from the Latino LGBTQ + community.

ATARAXIA Dir. Guillermo Garcia Vejar (Mexico, 10 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Sergio, a 19-year-old tortilla maker works withs grandfather, Martin, in a tortillera in Veracruz. His life unexpectedly takes a turn after meeting, Elena, a beautiful woman who helps him discover his innermost desires.

CONTROL Dir. Adrian Morales Diez (Spain, 4 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) The main problem of communication was always to want to communicate with others.

FINDING HOME: STACY Dir. Abraham Troen (USA, 24 min., English) FINDING HOME, follows Stacy, an El Salvadorian transgender refugee, housekeeper in downtown L.A., and contender in the Hollywood Ms. Latina beauty pageant, as she finalizes her asylum case in Trump’s America.

MARIPOSA Dir. Candy Guinea (USA, 17 min., English) Mariposa documents the challenges of Castro, a masculine-of-center, high school teacher, becoming pregnant and growing a family with her wife Candy, Castro is overwhelmed with anxiety about how becoming pregnant will shift her masculine presentation. Together they confront the many physical, emotional, and societal obstacles they encounter on their journey of trying to conceive as a queer couple.

MORNING AFTER Dir. Patricia Chica (USA, 15 min., English) After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A sensual game amongst them forces him to confront deep conflicts within himself that lead to a powerful awakening.

POOL Dir. Leandro Goddinho (Brazil, 29 min., Portuguese w/ English subtitles) On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

THAT ROAD Dir. Rafael Ramos (Brazil, 15 min., Portuguese w/ English subtitles) Omar decides to miss his job interview to embark on a road trip with strangers.

Docu-Shorts 3/25 S2 3:30pm Generational gaps, immigrant stories, mystery murals and more make up this assemblage of real-life stories from Latino around the world.

AGUA NEGRA Dir. Benjamin Brunet (Chile, 7 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) In Alto Mañihuales, Chilean Patagonia, residents discuss with authorities the contamination the land, water and air they inhabit by high levels of arsenic and heavy metals which are causing serious health and psychological problems.

ATMAHAU PAKMAT Dir. Cameron Quevedo (USA, 25 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A journey into the heart of the US-Mexico borderlands reveals a world of ancient rivers, mud and brick.

LOS LECHEROS Dir. Jim Cricchi (USA, 21 min., English w/ Spanish subtitles) The fates of undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin’s $43 billion dairy industry are closely intertwined - and both are grappling with their options for survival as fears of ICE raids and deportations under the Trump administration grow.

FORGET EVERYTHING Dir. Nastia Korkia (Cuba, Russian Federation, 5 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) From the solitude of her window, an older woman shares for the first time the moment in which the love of her life died.

HASTA SIEMPRE, COMANDANTE Dir. Faisal Attrache (Cuba, 14 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection to it. Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation unrelenting Cuban ideals, he must reconcile these values with the reality around him.

SUMMER OF DREAMS Dir. Alex Flores (USA, Mexico, 20 min., English) Two Dreamers receive permission to attend a study abroad program in Cuernavaca, Mexico thanks to DACA. This transformative journey to reconnect with their families and their culture comes with high risk as their return to the United States is not guaranteed.

TAGGED Dir. Elaine Del Valle (USA, 8 min., English) Director Elaine Del Valle searches for the story behind a mural that covers the wall of a coffee shop.

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SH O RT P RO GRA M SYNO P SES Frontera Filmmakers 3/19 S10 6:15pm 3/24 DGC 3:30pm For 25 years, we’ve made it one of our missions to showcase some of the best films to come out in San Diego-Tijuana region every day. Don’t miss this year’s picks from a group of very diverse and bold filmmakers.

Hecho en USA 3/23 S1 5:30pm An array of daring and expertly-crafted shorts which portray the incredibly diverse U.S. Latino experience.

CHALK Dir. Jocelyne Flores Ventura (Mexico, 4 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Raul enjoys drawing outside and spending time with his big sister, Cristal. They have a profound relationship which is sustained, even after Cristal passes away.

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Dir. Evan Apodaca (USA, 3 min., English) An anthropomorphic van gets transformed into a lowrider.

Dir. Ryan Zaragoza (USA, 12 min., English, Spanish w/ English subtitles) A young illegal immigrant crosses the border with a lunchbox full of cash in search of a wealthy American family.

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Dir. Daniel Bautista (Mexico, 3 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A beekeeper narrates the overview of his work with the bees in a dystopian Mexico.

EMMANUEL ROBLES - BEYOND THE RING Dir. James Valdez (USA, 30 min., English) San Diego boxer, Emmanuel Robles, trains for his fight in Arizona against Abel Ramos.

THE LAST LIGHT Dir. Angelita Mendoza (USA, Mexico, 11 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Izabella, a young girl, finds a little boy tied up in an abandoned house on her family’s land as the local farmers are frantically searching for her cousin, Katy, who has gone missing.

MAID IN AMERICA Dir. Laura Castañeda (USA, Mexico, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) “Olivia” is one of many U.S. visa holders whom cross the border and leave their families behind for days, weeks, or even years at a time to help provide for them.

MULLME Dir. Levi Franciso Quiroz Chavez (Mexico, 7 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Mauricio Pino gives us a brief look at one of the most interesting places in the city of Tijuana; MULLME, the first and only museum of the Mexican wrestling in the country.

PAPALOTE Dir. Christian Cavazos (Mexico, 13 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Following a rare punishment, Tomás, discovers himself as a human being. This punishment becomes the most precious gift of his life.

LA RAMONA Dir. Antonio De Jesus Sanchez (USA, 27 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Ramona, a 16-year-old Mexican girl, will have to face her reality after she is sold into the world of human trafficking.

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Dir. Carey Williams (USA, 12 min., English) Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

LIKE FINE SILK Dir. Sandra Manzanares (USA, 8 min., English, Spanish w/ English subtitles) A comical glimpse into the intimate setting of black hair care stores, the cultural misunderstandings and clashes that can occur between the business owners and customers.

NUESTRO PAIS (OUR COUNTRY) Dir. Mayra Flores (USA, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) In the winter of 1988, Mayra Flores’ mother trekked the hills of the Tijuana-San Diego border at the age of twenty-one to enter the elusive “el norte.” Newlywed, full of hopes, dreams and fears, she never imagined that she would one day call herself an American citizen in this highly intimate, experimental animated documentary short film.

TOWARDS THE SUN Dir. Monica Santis (U.K., USA, 20 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A 12-year-old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children’s shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in limbo, she embarks on a healing journey to recover her own sense of power through her artwork.

VICIOUS Dir. Andrew Jeric (USA, 20 min., English) Told through the eyes of those affected, a violent gang-initiation sets into motion a series of tragic and heartbreaking events over the course of one single fateful night.

YOSHUA Dir. Matthew Castellanos (USA, 20 min., English) A group of outcast teens must flee their hometown of South Central, Los Angeles in order to keep their blue alien friend safe from a hunt against his kind.


SH ORT P RO G RAM SYNO PSES Mexico, Raro y Querido 3/16 S2 5:00pm Mexico continues to provide bold filmmaking with this collection of engrossing and, at times, provocative shorts.

Relatos Latinos 3/23 S9 4:30pm Latino filmmakers across the world bring us humor along with self-reflection in this assortment of thought-provoking and timely shorts.

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45 GRADOS A LA SOMBRA Dir. Daniel Gonzalez (Mexico, 16 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A story forged in northern Mexico about growing up, gender roles and losing everything you ever loved.

CHAMBELAN Dir. Fabian Leon Lopez (Mexico, 13 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Daniel has to leave town without telling anybody. Unfortunately, he needs a little more cash to before he leaves and will need to do one last job.

LO DULCE DE LA VIDA Dir. Horacio Romo (Mexico, 12 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Ana, a 7-year-old girl, tries to understand and unwind in her grandfather’s funeral despite her mother’s efforts to keep her in the dark.

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Dir. Emiliano Umpierrez (Uruguay, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Ana and Cecilia go on a night out with their friends. An unexpected person shows up and make them question their trust for each other.

AYA Dir. Fracesca Canepa (Peru, 10 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) On the hills of Peru, Juan, a 9-year-old kid, works in a salt mine to fulfill his mother’s last wish even if it distances him from what she taught him.

BEYOND THE GATE Dir. Annie Pace (Brazil/USA, 25 min., English, Portuguese w/ English subtitles) A young American girl moves to the Brazilian Amazon with her family and finds herself in the middle of a land conflict when her father begins construction of an Eco Lodge.

DOPPELGANGER Dir. Julian Castro (Argentina, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Four friends discuss and share the latest apps on their phone.

Dir. Gilberto Gonzalez Penilla (Mexico, 19 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Edgar and Veronica are a married couple. Both work work in a dairy factory at different times. Patiently they both wait for an opening in a morning shift to spend more time together.

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Dir. Alejandra Villalba Garcia (Mexico, 22 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A family is trapped by a human-like force.

Dir. Leticia Akel (Chile, 13 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Javier arrives to a small town where he faces a farming group led by Goat, a stubborng man who doesn’t trust him and won’t allow him to work. Guided by strange dreams that haunt him at night, he will fight against the prejudices to win his place.

NO PASES POR SAN BERNARDINO Dir. Hugo Magaña (Mexico, 19 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Going through government institutions and social organizations, Ligia, a mourning mother, will search for answers to her son’s death.

QUIERO Dir. Urzula Barba (Mexico, 3 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A baby reaches out of his cradle to get his favorite toy until his mother frustrates his efforts.

Dir. Mariana Wainstein (Argentina, 13 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) The staff at an office space have to interact with each other and the world around them when their internet connection goes down.

THE SUTHERLAND SCHOOL Dir. Iñaki Velasquez (Chile, 25 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) In the midst of a media scandal due to multiple complaints about the admission process in the Sutherland School, Leticia, the head of the language department, begins to organize a group of teachers to remove the new headmaster, a British businessman who promotes discrimination.

VALENTINA Dir. Estevão Mezneguzzo (Brazil, 17 min., Portuguese w/ English subtitles) Valentina works as a film preservationist at the Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and has the stress of needing to make an important decision in her life while also meeting a looming deadline.

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SH O RT P RO GRA M SYNO P SES Viva Mujeres 3/24 S9 3:35pm A gripping collection of astute & earnest shorts from Latina filmmakers.

SOÑADORA Dir. Maria Altamirano (USA, 11 min., English, Spanish w/ English subtitles) A hardworking high school senior faces circumstances beyond her control that may hinder her path to college.

THESE COLORS DON’T RUN Dir. Via Bia (USA, 10 min., English, Spanish w/ English subtitles) A tattooed woman who hides behind her eyeliner and an attitude tells the story of her first ink.

ADRIFT Dir. Fany de la Chica (Spain, 5 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Isa, a real gypsy living in Andalusia, Spain, experiences a tradition in which older women in her family confirm her virginity.

Cronicas Españolas 3/21 S2 4:45pm Humor and plot-twists fill this selection of some of the best shorts to come out of Spain in the last year.

CEVICHE Dir. Domenica Garcia (Mexico/USA, 9 min., English) Through individual cooking tasks, five women expose the hidden sensibility behind meal preparation. They acclaim process and expose the underworld that hides in a ceviche cart.

FAREWELL TO FLESH Dir. Julia Anquier (Brazil, 11 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) During Carnival, in an unrestrained Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug fueled street party. When a man crosses their path, he makes a mistake that leads to terrible consequences.

GUAMUCHiL SEEDS Dir. Carolina Corral Paredes (Mexico, 17 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Five women who discover creative writing in prison, share their poetry once in freedom.

MAI Dir. Marta Gonzalez (Spain, 7 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Carmeta, Mari, and Pilar are three old ladies who spend every afternoon sitting on a bench, next to the main street of their village. The arrival of a mysterious pair of girls turns into the main topic of discussion among the women.

MOUNTAINEERS Dir. Romy Tatiana Graullera Espinoza (Mexico, 19 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Three men struggle to survive their spatial and temporal limits in front of and within a witness, the mountain.

PERFUME PARA CUATRO Dir. Ines Villanueva (Argentina, 8 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Three sisters are alone at home. As usual, their mother warns it will not come home and assigns them each tasks, but unlike the other nights, there’s something different about this one.

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ACOGIDA Dir. Gaizka Urresti (Spain, 12 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Teresa, volunteer of a non-governmental organization, goes to Mariana’s house to determine whether she’s eligible to foster one of their refugees. The interview takes an awkward turn when Mariana’s husband, Pedro, comes home.

LE CHAT DORE Dir. Nata Moreno (Spain, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles)’ Inside an old cabin, a group of musicians try to create art under the pressure of a mean director.

COLORES Dir. Arly Jones, Sami Natsheh (Spain, 20 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Tito, a blind boy from the city, goes to Banyeres de Mariola to visit his grandmother Fina. There he meets Candela and her dog, Patuchas, with whom he learns the simplicity of living in the countryside and the freedom and strength of being able to fend for himself regardless of his disability.

ELLOS Dir. Guillermo Tirado (Spain, 3 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Horror and anguish seizes a child and his family when something unknown wants to enter their home.

FERROCAT Dir. Arturo Martinelli (Mexico/Spain, 13 min., Catalan, Spanish w/ English subtitles) Paco, a young Mexican living in Spain runs into Laia, a Catalan girl one day as they’re riding the train together. He tries to figure out a way to overcome his shyness to approach her and know if she is the love of his life.


SH ORT P RO G RAM SYNO PSES LOS INVITADOS SIEMPRE VUELVEN Dir. Diego Sabanes (Spain, 20 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Laura and Miguel are a perfect couple who invite a stranger to their home.

YA NO TE QUIERO Dir. Francisco Hervada Martin (Spain, 2 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Time ends with everything, except with promises.

YO TAMBIEN MISAPPROPRIATION Dir. Ana Maria Ferri (Spain, 9 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) After his girlfriend left him, Sergio commits to taking care of her dog, Coco, whom she left behind. One day Coco guides Sergio to ex-girlfriend’s favorite shop.

TOMASITO Dir. Ignacio F. Rodo, Sergio Arrospide (Spain, 12 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Tomasito suspects he might get fired but he’s not leaving the company without a fight.

Dir. Sonia Sebastian (Spain, 16 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Lina has been diagnosed with hepatitis. Following her doctor’s instructions, she must contact all of her past sexual partners so they can get tested.

Sports Shorts 3/20 S9 4:30pm Feel the passion for sports on the silver screen in this action-packed and inspirational shorts program.

El corazon 3/17 S10 5:00pm Stories of new beginnings, closure and the complexities of relationships make up this raw and fervent shorts program.

EL BALON DE ORO

DESDE EL PRINCIPIO Dir. Miguel J. Soliman (USA, 10 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) In the darkness of a soundproof recording studio, a conversation sparks between two voice actors dealing with a shared tragedy.

EVAPORATED Dir. Jimena Muhlia (Mexico, 15 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A young man falls in love with his best friend’s mom, testing the limit of their friendship.

FUERA DE TEMPORADA Dir. Sabrina Campos (Argentina, 23 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Vera and Bruno had a love affair in the past. They randomly meet at a country house for a weekend away from the city. Vera is currently single, but Bruno is dating Sofia, the sister of her friend, Flor. None know about their relationship, and there’s a whole weekend ahead of them.

JASPER Dir. Scarlett Urbano (U.K., 21 min., English) Jasper, a young, lovelorn inventor, strives to create a time machine in order to win back his ex-girlfriend.

PASTEL Dir. Mariel Cortés (Mexico, 17 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A shy girl must learn how to dance with her brother for their parents’ wedding.

Dir. Martin Valverde Watson (Mexico, 9 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Neto and Mago are a couple of kids bound by friendship and rivalry in what they like most: soccer.

FOR YOU, ALEXIS Dir. Douglas Gordon (Mexico, USA, 25 min., English) For You, Alexis is a love letter from Sulem Urbina to her younger brother, Alexis. Both boxers, the two had a dreaming of reaching the 2016 Olympics together. Sulem would represent Mexico and Alexis, the United States. On a September day in 2013, the dream was stolen from them. Now, with the help of her husband and coach, Sulem is left fighting for both of them.

FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE Dir. Jun Stinson (USA, 39 min., English) An after-school program in Oakland helps teens from immigrant families through the healing power of soccer.

LIKE FATHER AND 1 Dir. Brandon Harrison (USA, 16 min., ASL, English) A father and son bond over competing at the highest level of deaf basketball.

EL UTILERO Dir. Andres Cornejo (Argentina, 25 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Mario Alcocer, known as Junior Toral, works as the kit man for the Ecuadorian football team Independiente del Valle during the final phase of the Libertadores Cup. Below the surface, Junior is both a dedicated worker and a passionate fan but he lives his team’s every game from an angle that is rarely seen in sports.

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SH O RT P RO GRA M SYNO P SES Cine Ilusion Shorts 3/22 S9 4:30pm Lose yourself. Magical realism makes its way to SDLFF with this collection of fantastical and awe-inspiring shorts.

Ritmo Latino 3/17 S1 12:15pm Music is the heart of this boisterous and dynamic array of shorts.

CENTAURO

CAPOEIRA IN OUR LIVES

Dir. Nicolas Suarez (Argentina, 13 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) When the bad gaucho summons the spirit of his dead brother, the drama of representation is unleashed and violence –always instrumental– emerges in the shape of a riding cropknife the horse-man carries. The centaur, just like the gaucho, is a myth, but an interrupted myth that was lost far away and long ago. Only that this story occurs nearby and in more recent times.

Dir. Patricia Ovando (USA, 20 min., English) Capoeria, a Brazilian martial art, Jessica “Pavao” and Antonio “Corrente” teach Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Journey into a deep exploration of Capoeira with this short documentary that will leave you with music in your heart.

LA CALVITA Dir. Giulia Jimenez (USA, 6 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) The story of a young latin girl who travels to the border with the hope of selling her hair for some dollars.

ENCARNACION Dir. Ricardo Castro (Mexico, 14 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) After massacring the people of Encarnación, a group of undercover soldiers return to destroy the evidence. Soldier Ezequiel Gallardo drifts away from his platoon and ends up in the town alone, face to face with his own demons.

THE GIFT Dir. Joel Perez Irizarry (Puerto Rico, 12 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Amidst the mass exodus of Puerto Ricans to the US during the current financial crisis, a young mother with a shady past, does everything she can to stop her daughter from being sent to live to Orlando, Florida.

MARIPOSAS Dir. Adrian Carey (USA, 3 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A boastful father prattles on superficially about his daughter to another parent in the school pick up line, but is unable to perceive her when it matters most.

PLASTIC LOVE Dir. Luis Lance (Mexico, 22 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A shy, lonely, middle-aged man buys and falls in love with a life-sized doll he found in a sex shop.

THE WETBACK Dir. A.P. Gonzalez (USA, 16 min., English) After the body of a handsome immigrant is discovered, an eccentric woman takes it home and the community must get it back without involving the authorities. In the process, a devastating family secret is revealed.

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ESTRIBILLO Dir. Cesar Tormo (Spain, 4 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) A teenager rehearses a song in her room while father listens in.

OMAR & URBAN DANCING Dir. Jocelyne Flores Ventura (Mexico, 4 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Omar is an urban dancer from Tijuana. He learned in urban dance in the streets at a young age. Omar was the first dancer to bring urban dancing to theaters and dance academies in Tijuana.

SUBTERRA Dir. Joel Villegas (USA, 18 min., English) Robbie is tired of playing covers of the same songs at a local bar with his band. He yearns for the day in which they are allowed to play original material.

LA SUERTE DEL SALAO Dir. Felipe Holguin (Colombia, 16 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Pellito lives in a small Caribbean town in Colombia. Abandoned by his wife, with no job or money, he lives “cursed.” On his 63rd birthday, Antonia, one of his neighbors, buys him a ticket for the Fortune’s Raffle, and to his and everyone’s surprise, Pellito’s ticket is the winner.

THEE COMMONS: NI DE AQUI, NI DE ALLA Dir. Jack Sample (USA, 30 min., English, Spanish w/ English subtitles) A short ethnographic film about Thee Commons, a self-described “psychedelic cumbia punk” band from East Los Angeles.


SH ORT P RO G RAM SYNO PSES Un mundo extraño 3/18 S9 6:20pm The horror, the supernatural and the just plain bizarre get together for this selection of shorts.

THE LAST LIGHT Dir. Angelita Mendoza (USA, Mexico, 11 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) The title of this film is appropriate as San Diego-born filmmaker Angelita Mendoza delivers a dark mystery that just gets darker as the minutes pass. Shot on lush 16mm in Baja California.

MICROCASTLE Dir. Alejandra Villalba Garcia (Mexico, 22 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) From Tijuana, this student work from Alejandra Villalba García makes the bold choice of planting the camera and allowing the audience to swim in images of grief.

THE APPOINTMENT

THE NINGYO

Dir. J Luis Rivera (Mexico, 16 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Stories of gunslingers in the Wild West are iconic in both the United States and Mexico. “The Appointment” takes the western and adds a supernatural twist!

Dir. Miguel Ortega (USA, 27 min., English) A master work of stunning visual effects, The Ningyo takes us on a journey to another time, where science and mythology collide. Director Miguel Ortega delivers a vision reminiscent of Jules Verne and HP Lovecraft!

THE INKSECT

THE PLAGUE

Dir. Pablo Calvillo (Mexico, 10 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) With stylish and intoxicating animation, Director Pablo Calvillo, weaves a tale of a future where anti-intellectualism and illiteracy have led to a humanity devolved.

Dir. Guillermo Carbonell (Uruguay, 10 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles) Saying goodbye is just too hard for some people! With music by Fede Alvarez, who directed Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake!

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Abrazos imborrables 10th Anniversary Screening: Bajo la misma luna

45 grados a la sombra Acogida Adiós amor: The Search for María Moreno

Adrift Agua Negra Alanis Almost Two Alucarda American Curious Amigos del Tren Angelica Atmahau Pakmat Avenida Bugambilia Aya Ayúdame a pasar la noche Bad Lucky Goat Bebe Beyond The Gate Body Electric Bones of Contention Broche de Oro: Comienzos Bruma Camino a marte Campeones Capoeira In Our Lives Capoeira, inside the game Casi Leyendas Centauro Cetáceos Ceviche Chalk Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico Chambelan Cine Loteria Complices Condorito Conexiones: Los Cenzontles In Cuba. A Musical Journey of Connection Control Cronos Dead Flower Desde el principio Donaire y Esplendor Doppelganger El balon de oro El Callejón El Chaparrito El color del camaleón El inca El maíz en tiempos de guerra El tercer espacio El último traje El utilero El vecino Elkarrekin - Together Ellos Emergency Emmanuel Robles - Beyond the Ring En algún lugar En el septimo día Encarnacion Error 404 Estribillo Evaporated Extraño Pero Verdadero Farewell To Flesh Féliz Año Tijuana

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Ferrocat Finding Home: Stacy Flavor of Life For You, Alexis Forget Everything Fuera de temporada Fuga de la Patagonia Futbolistas 4 Life Gabriel and the Mountain Gigantes descalzos Guamuchil Seeds Hasta Siempre, Comandante Helena Hermanos Humboldt en Mexico. La mirada del explorador Inquilinos Instantanea Jasper Jeffrey La calvita La cordillera La Costa Salvaje de Cuba La leyenda del Charro Negro La libertad del diablo La novia del desierto La Ramona La selva negra La suerte del salao Las hijas de abríl Le chat dore Leche Like Father And 1 Like Fine Silk Lo dulce de la vida Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo Los adioses Los bueno demonios Los invitados siempre vuelven Los Lecheros Los ojos del mar Los que aman, odian Machuca Mai Maid in America Mañana no te olvides Mariposa Mariposas Matar a Jesús Melocotones Mexico Barbaro II Mi mundial Microcastillo Misappropriation Mona, tesoro del Caribe Morning After Mosquita y Mari Mountaineers Mullme My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew

No pases por San Bernardino Nocturno Nuestro Pais (Our Country) Nueve Reinas Omar & Urban Dancing Otra historia del mundo Pacifico Norte Papalote Pastel Perfectly Normal For Me

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Perfume para cuatro Pinamar Plastic Love Pool Premonition Punch the Clock Quiero Saicología Saura(s) Se busca novio para... mi mujer Septiembre Siete semillas Signature Move Sinfonía para Ana Singing our Way to Freedom Soñadora Subterra Summer of Dreams Tagged That Road The Appointment The Gift The Inksect The Last Light The Ningyo The Perfect Game The Plague The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo pg. 77 The Sutherland School pg. 44, 74 The Way to Andina pg. 80 The Wetback pg. 80 Thee Commons: Ni de aqui, ni de alla pg. 78 These Colors Don’t Run pg. 12, 61 Tiempo compartido pg. 34, 61 Tierra firme pg. 19, 73 Tijuana Jews pg. 79 Tomasito pg. 76 Towards The Sun pg. 17, 61 Traigan la Hierba pg. 31, 73 Truenos de San Juan pg. 37, 62 Tuya mía... te la apuesto pg. 30, 62 Umbral pg. 39, 68 Un exilio: Película familiar pg. 14, 56 Una especie de familia pg. 32, 59 Una mujer sin filtro pg. 39, 73 Undocumented pg. 17, 62 Valentina pg. 77 Valentina (Short) pg. 76 Vicious pg. 41,62 Vida pg. 39, 74 Vietnam, Puerto Rico pg. 32, 62 Vive por mí pg. 32, 65 Vuelven pg. 21 Walkout pg. 44, 74 Washington Sound Museum: Hip Hop pg. 18, 65 pg. 21 pg. 79 pg. 79 pg. 76 pg. 48, 65 pg. 12, 65

Meets the Music of Brazil

Weigh Down y tu mama tambien Ya no te quiero Yo Tambien Yoshua Zama Zeus


25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival Souvenir Program  

Media Arts Center San Diego's 25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival Souvenir Program. 166+ movies, celebrities, parties, awards ce...

25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival Souvenir Program  

Media Arts Center San Diego's 25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival Souvenir Program. 166+ movies, celebrities, parties, awards ce...