Philadelphia
Latino Film
Festival 2019
May 30—June 2

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Location

Caplan Recital Hall @
Terra Hall
University of the Arts
211 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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1:00PM

Youth 1:00PM—2:00PM

Youth Shorts Showcase

Youth Award Winner
L@s Chav@los
Big Picture Alliance & Art of Solidarity, Nicaragua
16:53 min

Honorable Mentions
A Second Chance
Justin Toledo
15:00 min

The Puerto Rican Philly Girl
Who Survived Hurricane Maria

Yuleidy T Cordero
6:00 min

The Corner Store
Eluid Santana
5:54 min

Super Signs
WHYY Media Labs/ LINC
Teacher: Lisa Wilk
2:00 min

#SRL Youth Vote
Dariana Garcia, Hannah Woodruff, Bwe Ku and Ana Kundu
5:23 min

Lost Kids of Corona
Jesus Villalba
11:00 min

La Vida es Energía
CCATE
2:41 min

 

2:30PM

SHORTS 2:30PM—3:15PM

Shorts Showcase No. 1

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The Zombies Want the Bronx
2:52 MIN

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Pueblito Paisa
16:06 MIN

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Joy
3:10 MIN

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The Skin of Yesterday
21:04 MIN

3:30PM

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
Documentary
Portuguese (with English Subtitles)
111 min

5:00PM

Filmmaker 5:00PM—6:00PM

Filmmaker Mixer

Exclusive for pass holders and filmmakers

6:45PM

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
Documentary
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
49 min

9PM

Party 9:00PM—12AM

After Party

Party with DJ Jigüe of Bakoso!
All Access Pass Holders (Limited Quantity)

 

11:00AM

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
Documentary
Spanish (with english subtitles)
54 min

12:00PM

LAB 12:00PM—2:00PM

Work-in-Progress Lab

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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.

12:15PM

Shorts 12:15PM—1:00PM

LOLA Award Honorable Mention

The US-Mexican War is the war Mexicans never forget and Americans never remember. An unusual trophy from the war is the prosthetic leg of General Santa Anna, now on display in Springfield, IL, home to Abe Lincoln who challenged the war’s justification as a young Congressman. Twenty-five history students from San Antonio take a 2,000-mile trip on a bus to honor Lincoln's support by building a Day of the Dead altar at the foot of the State Capitol. They attended a tense meeting with reluctant curators at the Military Museum to ask for repatriation of the leg to Mexico. With humor, humility, and a few animated history lessons, these students raise questions of identity, national borders, and collective memory.

USA, 2018
Ellen Brodsky, Director
Documentary
English
34 min

 

2:15PM

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
Documentary
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
30 min

2:15PM

Film 2:15PM—3:45PM

José

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
Narrative
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
86 min

4:00PM

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
Narrative
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
86 min

 

5:45PM

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
Documentary
English (with English Subtitles)
76 min

7:30PM

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

Combo Chimbita

All Access 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.  

 
 

11:00AM

Youth 11:00AM—12:00PM

Youth Shorts Showcase

The Corner Store
Eluid Santana
5:54 min

Super Signs
WHYY Media Labs/ LINC
Teacher: Lisa Wilk
2:00 min

#SRL Youth Vote
Dariana Garcia, Hannah Woodruff, Bwe Ku and Ana Kundu
5:23 min

Lost Kids of Corona
Jesus Villalba
11:00 min

La Vida es Energía
CCATE
2:41 min

YOUTH AWARD WINNER
L@s Chav@los
Big Picture Alliance & Art of Solidarity, Nicaragua
16:53 min

HONORABLE MENTIONS
A Second Chance
Justin Toledo
15:00 min

The Puerto Rican Philly Girl
Who Survived Hurricane Maria

Yuleidy T Cordero
6:00 min

12:00PM

Film | Lola Honorable Mention 12:00PM—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
Raul Camilo, Director
Narrative
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
92 min

1:30PM

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.

2:00PM

Film 2:00PM—3:30PM

Papi vs Giant Scorpion

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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
Fiction 
English/Spanish
90 Min 

3:45PM

Short 3:45PM—4:40PM

LOLA Award
Honorable Mention—
Waking Dream

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Waking Dream is a six-episode series showing the resilience, innovation, and persistence of six undocumented young people. Their stories cut beyond politics to reveal the reality of undocumented people working tenaciously for a brighter future for themselves and their families.

USA, 2018
Theo Rigby, Director
Documentary
English
52 min

Short 4:40PM—5:45PM

Lola Award—
Councilwoman

Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, union members, grandmothers, and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

US, 2018 
Margo Guernsey, Director
Documentary
Spanish/English
57 minutes

6:00PM

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
Documentary
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
76 min

8:00PM

Film 8:00PM—9:00PM

Cartas de Amor para una Icona


For her powerful voice and incomparable interpretive talent, Lucecita Benítez is considered Puerto Rico’s National Voice. Simultaneously marked as a controversial artist, for her queer identity and her political expression for the independence of Puerto Rico, resulted in a national veto in radio and television. In spite of this, her fanatics follow her passionately, buy her music and travel to her concerts. They narrate this documentary through anecdotes, preserved newspaper and magazines clippings, which demonstrates the magnitude of their admiration for her. Lucecita is fundamental in their lives, and they are willing to put their love to the test for the only Puerto Rican singer that can have the title of iconess.

Puerto Rico, 2018
Gisela Rosario Ramos, Director
Documentary
Spanish (with English Subtitles)
54 minutes