This documentary film festival, held every year at New York's American Museum of Natural History, offers several films of interest to fans of Latin American filmmaking. A couple suggestions:
Antolin Jimenez was one of Mexico’s most distinguished charros or horsemen. He fought alongside Pancho Villa, represented the state of Oaxaca in Congress, and was the president of the National Charro Association. In 1942, as rumors spread of a Nazi invasion of Mexico, Jimenez formed and trained a group of 100,000 fighters to repel the attack. Seventy years later, Jimenez’s grandson Fernando Llanos brings us the film Matria, tracing the director’s quest to understand more about his mysterious grandfather and the culture of charros in the mid-20th century.
El Cuatro de los Huesos (The Room of Bones), El Salvador
In The Room of Bones, El Salvadoran filmmaker Marcela Zamora follows a group of forensic anthropologists in her home country tasked with the noble but gruesome work of unearthing human remains and matching them with names of desaparecidos.
New York: Oct. 22 - 25. See the full lineup and screening details, with more Latin American films, here.