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2018 Film Guide

Friday

City Hall Courtyard

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,
LosCenzontles
in Cuba

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LOLA AWARD  |  honorable mention

What Happens
to a Dream Deferred

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Saturday

Caplan Recital Hall, UArts

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

Caplan Recital Hall, UArts

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