The Milwaukee Film Festival includes this sidebar of Latino films. A couple highlights:
Death by a Thousand Cuts, Dominican Republic
Tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is near its boiling point, and the vicious murder of a Dominican park ranger just might be what sends it spilling over in this gripping documentary packed with breathtaking cinematography. On the two-country island of Hispaniola, a man is found dead in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park at the hands of a machete similar to those used by Haitians who cross the border to illegally gather and produce charcoal, a practice that has led to mass deforestation. The discovery feeds into the rampant xenophobia and anti-immigration sentiment that pervade this environmental battle for scarce natural resources.
Los Reyes del Pueblo Que No Existe (Kings of Nowhere), Mexico
The small Northern Mexican hamlet of San Marcos has become a ghost town following the construction of a dam that turned the once-thriving town into a drowned village. But a few families remain to stand sentry over the eerily quiet terrain, including an elderly couple who speak in hushed tones regarding gangs that take to their waterlogged streets at night and a shop owner who remains open only to feed a cow whose pasture has become an island unto itself. A quiet, visually entrancing elegy (winner of the 2015 SXSW Audience Award), Kings of Nowhere is a mesmerizing documentary about a town all but forgotten.
Milwaukee: Sept. 22 - Oct. 6. Full lineup and details on their website.