Latino Film
Festival 2019
May 30—June 2



Filmmakers 12:00PM—12:45PM

Filmmaker Workshop

Details coming soon.



Youth 1:00PM—2:00PM

Youth Shorts Showcase

Selections for the 2019 Youth Shorts Showcase will be announced on May 17th.



Filmmakers 1:00-2:00PM

Filmmakers One-on-One with Broadcasters

Filmmakers engage in “speed meetup” with local and national broadcasters to explore how to get their content programmed. Each one-on-one will be executed through 10 minutes blocks. Registration required.



Filmmaker 2:15PM—3:00PM

Filmmaker Workshop

Details coming soon.



SHORTS 2:30PM—3:15PM

Shorts Showcase No. 1

2019 Shorts Pop Up Contest Selections will be announced on April 26th.


Workshop 3:15PM—4:00PM

Filmmaker Workshop

Details coming soon.



Film 3:30PM—5:25PM

Landless (ChÃo)

Throughout a four-year observational process, Landless approaches the struggle for land reform in the state of Goiás in which Landless workers’ presence fissures the agribusiness framed landscape creating refuge spots of agro-ecological growing, deep political reflection, and personal shift. Stuck between the dethroned leftist government, which has not made structural changes in the agrarian question, and a conservative anti-poor power led by big landowners, the movement cleaves their path through the political impasse the country has been submerged in by reinventing peasantry and pointing at the origins of Brazilian fundamental deadlocks.

Brazil, 2019
Camila Freitas, Director
111 min



Filmmaker 5:00PM—6:00PM

Filmmaker Mixer

Exclusive for pass holders and filmmakers


Film 6:45PM—7:45PM

Bakosó: AfroBeats
of Cuba

What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe on a journey to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba as he explores Cuba’s manifestation of the global AfroBeats hype, “bakosó”, to discover where the roots of the genre come from. We know there is deep-rooted African influence in Cuba, but bakosó itself is beautiful proof that the exchange did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade.

Cuba, 2019
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Director
DJ Jigüe, Protagonist
49 min



Party 9:00PM—12AM

After Party

Party with DJ Jigüe of Bakoso!
Exclusive for pass holders



Film 11:00AM—12:00PM

La Mujer Maravilla Sobre Ruedas

La Mujer Maravilla Sobre Ruedas, el documental sobre cómo una mujer joven con perlesía cerebral nos enseña en su búsqueda de independencia, que la limitación más grande que tenemos solo existe en nuestras mentes.

Puerto Rico, 2016
Omar Camilo, Director
54 min


LAB 12:00PM—2:00PM

Work-in-Progress Lab


Work-in-Progress lab with the local filmmakers of Untitled Immigrant Rights Documentary directed by Kristal Sotomayor and La Lucha Sigue (The Fight Continues) directed by Melissa Beatriz.

Untitled Immigrant Rights Documentary
Kristal Sotomayor, Director

La Lucha Sigue (The Fight Continues)
Melissa Beatriz, Director


Short 12:15PM—1:00PM

LOLA Honorable Mention Shorts

LOLA 2019 Shorts Honorable Mention Selections will be announced on April 26th.


Film 2:15PM—3:15PM

Las Madres de Berks


"Las Madres de Berks" documentary shares the testimonials of four mothers that were detained for 2 years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. The documentary also features the artworks that Ortiz created based on the Berks mother's stories that were unveiled in Harrisburg during a statewide action against family detention led by her community partner, the Shut Down Berks Coalition. The screening will be followed by a talkback to learn ways to take action to end family detention.

USA, 2019
Michelle Angela Ortiz, Director
30 min


Film 2:15PM—3:45PM


José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City - a typical lower-class existence in one of the world's most dangerous, religious, and impoverished countries. She never had a husband, and José is her youngest and favorite child. Her life is her church, and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. José spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected relationship and José is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.

Guatemala, 2018
Cheng Li, Director
86 min


Workshop 3:30PM—4:15PM

Filmmaker Workshop

Details coming soon.


Film 4:00PM—5:30PM

Being Impossible
(Yo Imposible)

Ariel is a young religious dressmaker who, after a failed sexual encounter, discovers a secret her family has tried to hide all of her life: she was born intersex but, after corrective surgery, raised as a girl.

Colombia & Venezuela, 2018
Patricia Ortega, Director
86 min



Film 5:45PM—7:35PM

Decade of Fire

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame.

USA, 2018
Vivian Vazquez & Gretchen Hildebran, Directors
76 min



Musical Performance Doors 7:30PM | Show 8:30PM [Boot & Sadle]

Combo Chimbita

For: Pass holders (limited quantity)

Through her folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, Ahomale by Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. Their second studio album and Anti- Records debut sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Comprised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.  



SHORT 11:00AM—11:45AM

Shorts Showcase No. 3


Filmmaker 12:00PM—1:00PM

Filmmakers Brunch

Registration required.


Film | Lola Honorable Mention 1:200PM—1:35PM

Lo Que Siento Por Ti

Three simultaneous stories of social inclusion, based on real events, led by a single mother of two autistic teenagers, a marriage trying unsuccessfully to have a child, and the father of a Special Olympics athlete.

Dominican Republic, 2018
Luis Arambilet, Director
92 min



Panel 1:30PM—2:30PM

Emergence Panel

The Emergence Panel is a conversation among emerging and established artists that have embraced filmmaking as a practice through unconventional means. The discussions explore non-conventional filmmaking, the Latino voice and how to carve your own path into the industry.

The Emergence Panel has been executed as a hour-long conversation and part of the annual festival programming. The panel will target young artists, content creators, community leaders and the community at large.


Film 2:00PM—3:30PM

Papi vs Giant Scorpion

In this man vs. nature 1950s style b-movie thriller, a soon to be dad, stuck in the desert in the middle of the night, fights for his life against a giant scorpion that wants to eat him.   Filmed in glorious black and white, but with a healthy mix of modernity added in.


USA, 2019 
Les Rivera, Director
Running Time 


Filmmakers 3:00PM—4:30PM

Pitch Happy Hour

Four filmmakers will pitch their films over drinks. Each filmmaker will have 10 minutes to pitch their film and 10 minutes for feedback. Registration required.


Shorts | Lola Award 3:45PM—5:45PM

Lola Award


Film 6:00PM—7:30PM

Ya Me Voy (I'm Leaving Now)


Felipe has come to a crossroads. After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, he's decided to return to his wife and the children he hasn't seen in almost two decades. But when he informs his family of his homecoming, he discovers that they've squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the US, continuing to earn.

USA, 2018
Lindsey Cordero & Armando Croda, Directors
76 min

Caplan Recital Hall @
Terra Hall
University of the Arts
211 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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