The American Film Institute hosts its 25th annual Latin American Film Festival in Silver Springs, MD. They have a ton of great films, including Somos Mari Pepa, Mystery of Happiness, El verano de los peces voladores, Vivir es facil con ojos cerrados, and many more. Here are a few highlights:
Por las plumas (ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS), Costa Rica
Sat, Sep 20, 5:00; Mon, Sep 22, 9:10
A down-on-his-luck security guard buys a fighting cock in this delightfully deadpan Costa Rican comedy. Working the nightshift on a deserted property, Chalo always dreamed of owning a fighting fowl, but when his wish comes true he's not sure how to turn Rocky the rooster into a champion.
GENTE DE BIEN, Colombia
Sun, Sep 21, 5:00; Thu, Sep 25, 7:00
Stuck with his estranged father, temperamental tyke Eric and his scruffy dog Lupe live a modest life in Bogotá, until a wealthy family takes pity and invites them to stay at their country home for Christmas.
CIENCIAS NATURALES (NATURAL SCIENCES), Argentina
Fri, Sep 26, 5:30; Sun, Sep 28, 3:20; Wed, Oct 1, 5:20
Twelve-year-old Lila will stop at nothing to find the father she's never known. After repeated attempts to escape her remote boarding school in the Sierra de Córdoba mountains, she manages to rope in her empathetic teacher through sheer persistence, and the two set off on a complicated journey of discovery.
Silver Spring, MD: Sept. 18 - Oct. 8. Full details here.