The 27th edition of the AFI Latin American Film Festival offers 37 films this year. We're just listing a couple of highlights here - be sure to check out their website for the full lineup.
Steeped in the Guarani tradition, Atilio has dreamed of a male heir to whom he could transmit his beloved culture. So when he discovers his daughter is set to give birth to a baby boy in Argentina, he sets off on the long journey to Buenos Aires in a desperate attempt to ensure the baby is born on native Guarani land. Drenched in lush landscapes and rich local culture, this drama by Luis Zorraquín masterfully exposes the great generational divisions in modern Paraguayan society.
Carga Sellada (Sealed Cargo), Bolivia
Charged with the task of transporting a cargo load full of toxic waste across the border to Chile, Mariscal gathers a misfit team and boards the newly re-commissioned steam train, Federica. Bouncing from one desolate town to another, the team runs into conflict with the various tenacious, indigenous communities along the railway who have been warned of the train's contents. Confused tension and misplaced violence ripple through the film as its characters are confronted with the realities of foreign industrial development and internal power structures.
Silver Spring: Sept. 15 - Oct. 5. Full lineup and details here.