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This year's edition of the Southern indie film fest focuses on Latinx voices, exploring the growing Latino population in the Southeastern United States as well as Latin America. Latino films are part of every section of the festival, and several shorts blocks are devoted specifically to Latino films. The festival also created an online series of videos, DACA Voices, letting several students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status living in Columbia, South Carolina tell their own stories.
A series of narrative and documentary shorts from Latina filmmakers living along the US-México border. “These films revise the cultural narrative entirely through the simple act of showing the truth,” Femme Frontera founder Angie Tures writes. “The six women filmmakers of Femme Frontera are unapologetic in their portrayals of sacrifice, perseverance, sexism, bigotry, and radical hope.”
El Sur is the South as you’ve never seen it before. These exquisitely rendered visions of the contemporary Latinx experience offer audiences a much-needed antidote to the poisonous politics of the moment, as well as a stark and unforgiving commentary on a national prejudice left unchecked. With boundless compassion, the filmmakers of El Sur document the struggles, sacrifices, and joys unique to the Latinx community, elevating stories of men, women, and gender nonconforming individuals who transform the South for the better by choosing to call it home.
Art, Food, Music & Games
It's not just films! Indie Grits brings art, food and music to Columbia too. Special projects include a collective of local Latinx artists convened especially for the festival, The Visiones Artist Cohort, who worked together to produce related works for the festival; a Saturday afternoon Food Truck Parranda, with music and food from the Caribbean and Latin America; and even indie games (video, board, card, you name it).
Check out the Indie Grits website for more details.
Cinelandia is proud to be a media sponsor of Indie Grits.
When the movie Selena opened in theaters back in 1997, it was an instant hit. That first weekend, the biopic starring Jennifer Lopez rang up more than $11 million in box office receipts, making it the No. 2 film in the country. It had only been two years since singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez died of a gunshot wound, and her most dedicated fans in Texas lined up by the thousands to buy a ticket.
The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) has been around for 24 years showcasing work by Latin America directors and U.S. Latinos. But it's not just movies - guests get to sample food and beverages at Sabor Latino, and enjoy free music for the whole family at Sonido Latino.
After grabbing a bite, a few drinks, and catching some Latin tunes, there are lots of movies to see. Here are the highlights.
The Costa Rica International Film Festival (CRFIC) is a truly international festival, with films from Poland, Egypt, South Korea and more in its lineup. But it stays true to its roots with a competition just for Central American films, another for Costa Rican shorts, and a heavy emphasis on Latin America overall. We're super excited to announce that we'll be heading to the fest in December! Here are some highlights of their movie lineup.