The 25th Arizona International Film Festival has films from Cuba, Chile, U.S. Latinos, and more. Here are just a couple highlights:
Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their mothers, fathers, and siblings were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. Frustrated with the stalled legislative process, the trio take matters into their own hands and petition for a special waiver that would allow them to leave the U.S to visit their families–and legally return. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, the three do not know if their trips are a once in a lifetime experience, or the beginning of true family reunification.
The Region, Chile
Observational documentary set in the desert regions of the copper mining industry in Northern Chile. The film delves into a yearly festival following three separate families of Andean origins who live and work in one of its most extreme mining cities. We watch them travel into the inner mountains, where they populate this ancient festival with fantastical beings of their own creation. Through dance, music and customs, these people transport themselves into a different spiritual dimension, in an effort to deal with their changing surroundings. Told through a combination of observational footage, dream sequences and archive, it delves into the relationship between Chile's enormous mining extraction and the families whose culture has inevitably been shaped by these forces. The main body of the film works as a journey from the heart of the copper production to a sacred village in the Andes Mountains, all of which takes place on the backdrop of an overwhelming natural landscape.
Tucson: April 14 - May 1. Full lineup and details here.