Latino Films at SXSW


Kingdom of Shadows, the newest film by director Bernardo Ruiz (Reportero). The film follows three people grappling with the hard choices of the U.S.-Mexico drug war.

Also in the Documentary Spotlight, Sara Hirsh Bordo’s A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is having its world premiere. The documentary films follows the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

The 24 Beats per Second section of the festival will feature three Latino titles: the Brazilian film Dominguinhos, the Gloria Trevi biopic Gloria and the world premiere of We Like It Like That, the story of Latin boogaloo.

The SXGlobal section will feature the Panamanian documentary film Invasion by Abner Benaim, which documents the US military siege of Panama that ousted dictator Noriega 25 years ago.

The Colombian film Monte Adentro by Nicolás Macario Alonso explores the universe of one of the last muleteer families in Colombia.

The Festival Favorites section will screen the film Western by Bill Ross and Turner Ross, which recently premiered at Sundance as well as the Academy Award-nominated documentary Salt of the Earth on Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

The SXSW Film Festival runs March 13 - 21 in Austin, Texas.