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2018 Film Guide

Friday

FRIDAY,
JUNE 1,
6:30PM—
8:30PM

Opening Night


The 2018 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) Opening Night is a celebration that will a include a shorts program, highlights of our 2018 LOLA Award and Honorable Mentions and showcase the 2018 festival offerings.

SHORT

La Perla After Maria

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3 months after the hurricanes Irma and María lashed Puerto Rico, the little community of La Perla remembers the worst experience of their lives, and recognize how they found the strength to continue, thanks to the relationships in the community.

Puerto Rico | Venezuela | Alemania, 2018
Clari del Pilar Lewis, Director
Documentary
Spanish | English

22 minutes


Lola Award  |  Winner

Ser grande

The daily life of Juan, Rushian and Ivianyd, three Puerto Rican teenagers, is challenged when they decide to participate in a series of workshops to discover their vocational aspirations and overcome personal limitations. The support of new mentors provokes awareness, but moving forward is not so simple. Obstacles pertaining social, emotional and sexual identity issues are part of this choral portrait on the margins of Caribbean society.

Puerto Rico, 2018
Karen Rossi, Director

Documentary
Spanish | English
88 minutes


LOLA AWARD  |  honorable mention

Conexiones,
Los Cenzontles
in Cuba

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LOLA AWARD  |  honorable mention

What Happens
to a Dream Deferred

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Saturday

Saturday,
JUNE 2,
1:00PM

Shorts

Shorts Showcase


The people's cookie

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After using Frida Kahlo's image to create a viral culinary sensation, a Los Angeles hipster is haunted by the deceased artist and her estranged husband, Diego Rivera. Hilarity (and a sharped tongued debate on cultural appropriation) ensues.

USA, 2018
Ko Massiah, Director
Comedy/Social commentary
ENGLISH
19 minutes


Raúl and Asaf Berríos:
Looking for a new life in Philly

Displaced by Hurricane Maria, a Puerto Rican musician and his son struggle to find their way in Philadelphia, a city that is as welcoming as it is intimidating.

COLoMBIA | VENEZUELA, 2017
Edwin López Moya, DIrector
DOCUMENTARY
ENGLISH | SPANISH


Embryo

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A journalist and his team are kidnapped by a medical research group and end up being part of their experiments.

Argentina, 2018
Nahuel Matias Srnec

Horror, terror


Evaporated

Rafa begins to have fantasies with the mother of his best friend after spying on her in an intimate moment; through some pretexts seek to approach her in a romantic way; nevertheless he leaves their friendship of side and must face the consequences.

Mexico, 2017
Jimena Muhlia, Director

Coming of Age/Dramedy
SPANISH
15 minutes

Saturday,
June 2,
2:00PM

Youth / SHORTS SHOWCASE

Youth Showcase

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Winning Selection

Gone To The Empty Spaces

Leonardo Lorenzi 


Selections

Niko & The Spirit by Niko Lopez
One breath at a time by Kenneth Nguyen
Social Youth by Maria Valerio
The aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas shooting in Philadelphia by Nayeli Perez
Mixed: My Story Of Learning to Love Myself by Diamalis Santana Emile Zesa
Nuestras Culturas, Nuestros Caminos, Nuestras Historias: Jose Mutt by Jamayra Diaz
The Struggles of Coming Out by Eric Santa
10th Period by Esperanza Academy High School Film Program
The Language of Love by Esperanza Academy High School Film Program

SATURDAY,
JUNE 2,
3:00PM

LOLA AWARD  |  WINNER

Ser Grande

The daily life of Juan, Rushian and Ivianyd, three Puerto Rican teenagers, is challenged when they decide to participate in a series of workshops to discover their vocational aspirations and overcome personal limitations. The support of new mentors provokes awareness, but moving forward is not so simple. Obstacles pertaining social, emotional and sexual identity issues are part of this choral portrait on the margins of Caribbean society.

Puerto Rico, 2018
Karen Rossi, Director
Documentary
SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
88 minutes

SATURDAY,
JUNE 2,
5:00PM

LOLA AWARD  |  honorable mention

Conexiones:
Los Cenzontles In Cuba


Conexiones: Los Cenzontles In Cuba. A Musical Journey of Connection is a documentary chronicling the 2016 tour of Cuba by Mexican American roots group Los Cenzontles. Conexiones captured a unique glimpse into Cuban cultural life during an historic time of openness between the United States and Cuba.

USA | Cuba, 2017
James Hall & Eugene Rodriguez, DIrectors

Documentary
English | Spanish
60 minutes

SATURDAY,
JUNE 2,
6:00PM

FILM

FILIBERTO

Filiberto is a feature-length bio-pic documentary about Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a professional musician who abandons his trumpet and his family to live a clandestine life of an armed revolutionary.

Puerto Rico | Venezuela, 2017
Freddie Marrero Alfonso, DirectoR
Documentary
English | Spanish
75 minutes

SATURDAY,
JUNE 2,
8:00PM

FILM

Nuyorican Básquet

The dramatic story of Puerto Rico's 1979 National Basketball Team, whose players were mainly born or raised in New York.

Puerto Rico, 2017
Ricardo Olivero Lora & Julio Cesar Torres, Directors
Documentary
English | Spanish
108 minutes

Sunday

SUNDAY,
JUNE 3,
12:00PM

Shorts

Shorts Showcase


El Abogado

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Planning a kidnapping is not easy. For your first time, you better leave it in the hands of your lawyer.

Spain, 2016
Ignacio F. Rodó, Director
Comedy, Crime

11 MInutes


La Hoyada

Between 1980 and the year 2000 Peru lived through the most extreme period of violence in its history. As a result nearly 69 000 Peruvians went missing or were killed. The region of Ayacucho was the most affected. Since 2005 a group of women from Ayacucho has been struggling for the building of a Memorial Sanctuary in La Hoyada, the place where the army built small furnaces to incinerate the bodies of people who suffered extrajudicial executions, becoming a symbol of extreme violence and impunity.

Peru, 2017
Roberto Flores, Director

DOCUMENTARY


As White as it Gets

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A white mom struggles with race relations pertaining to her multiracial daughter.

Puerto Rico, 2018
Les Rivera, Director
DRAMA
ENGLISH


Bonsai

Falling in love leads to believe the person you love is the only one in the planet. Dani and Sarah, survivors of a global catastrophe, have been alone in this world for two years. Yet Sarah insists on keep looking for another person who might have survived.

Spain, 2017
Ignacio F. Rodó, DIrector

Romance, Drama
SPANISH

SunDAY,
JUNE 3,
1:00PM

FILM

When the spirits dance mambo

Filmed primarily in Cuba, this documentary is a tribute to the spiritual energy that traveled from West Africa to Cuba. It traces the role of sacred African thought and practice in the formation of the Cuban society, culture and popular music.

Cuba, 2003
Marta Moreno Vega, DIrector
DOCUMENTARY

90 minutes
Spanish  | English

SunDAY,
JUNE 3,
3:00PM

FILM

el Amparo

At the end of the 80's, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their mates were killed. They claimed to be mere fishermen, but the Venezuelan army accused them to be guerrilla fighters, intimidating them in every possible way and even attempting to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit the official version was overwhelming.

Venezuela | Colombia, 2016
Rober Calzadilla, Director

Drama
Spanish | English

99 minutes

SunDAY,
JUNE 3,
5:00PM

FILM

Cocote

An Evangelical Christian man attends the funeral services of his father in his hometown, where he has to participate in religious rites that clash with his beliefs and finds himself pressured to take revenge on the murderer.

Dominican Republic, 2018
Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, Director
Drama
Spanish | English
72 minutes

Sunday,
JUNE 3,
7:00PM

LOLA AWARD  |  honorable mention

What happens to
a dream deferred


A short film about two DREAMers who are graduate students at Michigan State University, "What Happens to a Dream Deferred" is an intimate portrait of a day in the life of José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval after the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

United States, 2018
Scott Boehm, Director
Documentary Short
English | Spanish
11 minutes 50 seconds

SunDAY,
JUNE 3,
7:30PM

FILM

Ruben Blades
is not my name

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970's. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama. He lives in New York, where he shares his life at home and on tour with the camera. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben's 50 year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions. The film is a celebration of this living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.

Panama, 2018
Abner Benaim, Director
Documentary
84 minutes

English | Spanish