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Cuban Food Stories
Aug
10
to Aug 16

Cuban Food Stories

Diverse cuisine is rarely counted among the cultural phenomena for which Cuba is celebrated; popular notions of Cuba as a placed defined by deprivation doesn’t help. A richly comprehensive remedy for this misperception, Cuban Food Stories visits every province in the country to sample a culinary legacy grounded in so much more than rice and beans.

Paragons of Cuba’s characteristic adaptability and creativity, the film’s subjects—which include an artist turned restauranteur and nuclear physicist turned fisherman—create mouth-watering meals with ingredients such as coconut milk, cacao, lobster and river shrimp. Until now devoid of franchises and the fraught agricultural practices that often come with a place at the global economic table, Cuba is undergoing a period of sweeping change, making the preservation of its culinary heritage a priority—and making Cuban Food Stories a must-see.

Miami: Opens August 10 at Tower Theater Miami.

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William, el nuevo maestro del judo
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

William, el nuevo maestro del judo

“Back in the 1950s, Swedish-American singer William Clauson had a worldwide hit with ‘La Bamba.’ Now he lives in a ramshackle garage in Tijuana, Mexico. In William, the New Judo Master, directors Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzmán show how a Mexican nurse washes his naked old body. ‘How did we get here?’ a voiceover muses. ‘What road led us here? When did we take it?’ This fascinating film essay is about the struggle against time, old age, and transitoriness.

New York: Sept. 20 at Anthology Film Archives.

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Resurrección
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Resurrección

The final film by the late Mexican director Eugenio Polgovsky—one of the finest documentary filmmakers of his generation—is a poignant portrait of a family’s fight for survival and the regeneration of their local river. Once known as the Mexican Niagara, the waterfall of El Salto de Juanacatlán was a source of immense joy and continuous sustenance for the villages surrounding it. This natural paradise disappeared when an industrial complex was established across the Santiago River close to Guadalajara. Nowadays its poisonous waters destroy everything in their path, including the memories of the fishermen and farmers who watched their whole world disappear. From among the toxic ruins of the river’s banks, ancient specters emerge as an echo of a lost Eden. The destiny of a river goes hand in hand with that of a village, and humanity itself.

New York: August 14 at Anthology Film Archives.

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A Strike and an Uprising (In Texas)
Aug
8
to Aug 12

A Strike and an Uprising (In Texas)

In 1938, Emma Tenayuca led ten thousand San Antonio pecan shellers in a massive walk out. While the pecan shellers’ strike is recognized by many as the birth of the Chicano movement, it is shrouded in myth and denial about its iconic communist leader. In 1987, workers organized a march of 3,000 through the streets of Nacogdoches — a largely unknown epiphany for black women in Texas. A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING (IN TEXAS) explores both events, using the methods of oral history including myth and humor, and relates these stories strongly to contemporary ideas and events including the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at UT Austin. The resulting experimental documentary recovers stories of working people in Texas and demonstrates the power of labor and liberation.

Austin: August 8 & 12 at Violet Crown Cinema.

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La Familia
Aug
3
to Aug 9

La Familia

Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the streets with his friends, raised by the violent urban atmosphere around him in a working class district of Caracas. After Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game of play, single father Andrés decides they must flee to hide. Andrés will realize he is a father incapable of controlling his own teenage son, but their situation will bring them closer than they have ever been.

Miami: Opens August 3 at Miami Tower Theater.

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Sergio & Sergei
Jul
27
to Aug 9

Sergio & Sergei

In 1992 the Soviet Union collapsed. Among those left in limbo are Havana university professor Sergio and Soviet cosmonaut Sergei. Sergio was already struggling to provide for his family when the end of the USSR—Cuba’s main financial supporter—left he and his countrymen in newly dire straits. Sergei, meanwhile, is abandoned in space when the funding to bring him back evaporates. When Sergio, who’s also a ham radio enthusiast, chances upon a channel in direct contact with the MIR space station, he and Sergei become friends—and draw the interest of the authorities.

Miami: Opens July 27 at Tower Theater Miami.

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Lucía
Jul
15
to Jul 17

Lucía

Lucía is director Humberto Solás’ magnum opus, a sprawling historical triptych featuring women (who share the same first name) at a time of significant change on the island. In the 1890s a discontented Lucía (Raquel Revuelta) neglects her husband and becomes involved in the war of independence from Spain taking up with a young insurgent. In the 1930s, Lucía (Eslinda Núñez) is a divorced woman helping to overthrow dictator Gerardo Machado. Finally in the 1960s, Lucía (Adela Legra) is a young field-worker challenging her machista husband. At the time of the film’s making, Solás was a twenty-six-year-old graduate of Rome’s vaunted Centro Sperimentale who embraced Visconti’s flair for melodrama endowing it with sabor cubano.

Coral Gables: July 15 & 17 at Gables Art Cinema.

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Adiós Entusiasmo (So Long, Enthusiasm)
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Adiós Entusiasmo (So Long, Enthusiasm)

The acclaimed debut feature by Colombian filmmaker Vladimir Durán – a favorite at the Berlinale’s Forum and winner of the Best Director and Best Colombian Film awards at the Cartagena Film Festival – follows Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra, and Alicia. They live in an apartment that becomes their kingdom ruled by extravagant policies that they’ve imposed, including locking up their mother, Margarita, in a room. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material, and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel who must decide what to do.

New York: July 12 at Anthology Film Archives.

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El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button)
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button)

From renowned Chilean director Patricio Guzmán. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of a mysterious button that was discovered in its seabed. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian indigenous people, of the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners.

Pleasantville: June 26 at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

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Memories of Disintegration: Ibero-American Experimental Film
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Memories of Disintegration: Ibero-American Experimental Film

As the profile of Spanish language cinema continues to rise on the festival circuit, a strong commitment to experimentation remains in the cinema emanating from the region. First-rate film schools in Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico, among other nations, are producing a new generation of filmmakers who eschew the proliferation of digital techniques, returning to tactical analog modes of production (This program features work made on Video8, Super 8, 16mm, Super 35mm, and VHS). Playing with notions of self-reflexivity and nostalgia, real and imagined, these filmmakers test the boundaries of both narrative and documentary genres. Showcasing the diverse voices of these talented young artists, each of the six films highlight the vision and ingenuity of Latin America along with Spain. These shorts have screened at Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival, along with strong Latin American showcases such as the Morelia, Mar del Plata, Valdivia, and Havana film festivals. 

Detroit: June 14 at Cinema Lamont.

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Mi Vida Loca
Jun
14
to Jun 19

Mi Vida Loca

Smooth-talking barrio Lotharios, sun-drenched streets, and hydraulic trucks named Suavecito weave in and out of Allison Anders’ MI VIDA LOCA. The lives of young Chicana gang members in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood provide backdrop for a rich, free-form storyline which shifts between various perspectives as each character narrates their own experience.

Writer/director Allison Anders is touring the country to present the film and host Q&A sessions afterwards.

Denver: June 14 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
San Francisco: June 19 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. 

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Panke
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Panke

In this Argentinian film, the main character has nothing but the memories of his mother in Burkina Faso and his recently deceased brother. His brother, however, despite his death, demands attention. The body needs to be recognized before the authorities of an unknown city, the necessary papers need to be taken care of, as do the arrangements to return the body to Burkina Faso: a whole prosaic annex of death with rules that become urgent amidst the mourning. Focusing almost entirely on one character, this singular film reflects on the experience of displacement, as the protagonist sets out on a trip by foot towards an unlikely resolution of his tribulations.

New York: June 5 at Anthology Film Archives.

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Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)

In 1979 Cuba, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be “friends” with Diego so he can monitor the artist’s subversive life for the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro’s Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?

San Francisco: May 26 at the Roxie.

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Carmita and De Cierta Manera
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Carmita and De Cierta Manera

Carmita (Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, 2013, 80 min.), which tells the story of Cuban actress Carmen Ignarra, who is exiled in Mexico. The documentary is paired with De Cierta Manera (One Way or Another) (Sara Gómez, 1977, 78 min.), which captures life in Havana after the Cuban Revolution through a blend of storytelling and historical footage.

New York: May 26 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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From Spikes to Spindles + Chicana
May
19
6:30 PM18:30

From Spikes to Spindles + Chicana

1979's Chicana is a watershed work of the Chicanx Movement that spotlights the political and cultural contributions of Latina women from the Aztec era to the present, with an emphasis on their roles as revolutionary leaders. Shown in a double bill with From Spikes to Spindles, a documentary about Chinese-American identity.

New York: May 19 at BAM.

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Diálogo con mi Abuela and Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Diálogo con mi Abuela and Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo

A Mother’s Day double feature with Diálogo con mi Abuela (Conversation with My Grandmother) (Gloria Rolando, 2015, 40 min.), a familial portrait centering the contributions of Afro-Cuban women. Then, the Academy Award–nominated documentary Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) (Susana Blaustein Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo, 1985, 64 min.) tells the story of the activist mothers who challenged the repressive regime in Argentina during the 1970s and 1980s.

New York: May 13 at Brooklyn Museum.

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Cuban Double Feature
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Cuban Double Feature

Two films by Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: 1972's Una Pelea Cubana Contra Los Demonios (A Cuban Fight Against The Demons) and 1979's Los Sobrevivientes (The Survivors). Hosted by the director of Havana’s Cinemateca de Cuba, Luciano Castillo, and with special panelists: cinematographer Mario García Joya and the actress and widow of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Mirta Ibarra. 

Los Angeles: May 11 at Linwood Dunn Theater.

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Selena
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Selena

Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death.

Cinelandia's co-founder Vanessa Erazo was on NPR to talk about the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Selena. Listen to the interview and read more here.

New York: May 10. Free screening in Highbridge Park

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La Piedra Ausente (The Absent Stone)
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

La Piedra Ausente (The Absent Stone)

In 1964, the largest carved stone of the Americas was moved from the town of San Miguel Coatlinchan in the municipality of Texcoco to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City in an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith, which represents the pre-Hispanic water deity, set off a rebellion in the town and led to the intervention of the army. Today, the enormous stone, now upright, is an urban monument; it has been transformed into one of the principal icons of Mexican national identity. The inhabitants of Coatlinchan insist that the removal of the stone has caused droughts. Representations and replicas of the absent stone appear everywhere in Coatlinchan, where it resonates in the memories of the inhabitants. Using animations, archival materials, and contemporary encounters with the protagonists of the transport of the stone, Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner’s playful documentary film explores the relevance of the ruins of the past in the present day.

New York: May 3 at Anthology Film Archives. Co-director Sandra Rozental will be in person for a Q&A following the screening.

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Ayúdame a pasar la noche (Help Me Make it Through the Night)
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Ayúdame a pasar la noche (Help Me Make it Through the Night)

A family is at its breaking point. Dad kicked mom out of the house because if her gambling addiction, the older child’s fiancée wants to cancel their wedding, and the youngest child believes he can fix his family and bring them back together. An accident will make everyone reconsider their decisions; the doctors say one of them will not make it through the night.

San Francisco: May 3 at the Roxie.

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El General + All Water Has a Perfect Memory
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

El General + All Water Has a Perfect Memory

Through the legacy that filmmaker Natalia Almada inherited as the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures accused of having been a "Dictator" and "Nun-Burner", yet also acclaimed for having been the "father of modern Mexico," El General is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past. 

ProyectorNYC is presenting a double-bill of El General and the experimental documentary short All Water Has A Perfect Memory with director Natalia Almada in person.

New York: April 29 at UnionDocs

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La Operación and No Más Bebés
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

La Operación and No Más Bebés

A double feature exploring Latina women’s ongoing struggle for reproductive justice in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States. The documentary La Operación (The Operation) (Ana María García, 1982, 40 min.) sheds light on the history and practice of female sterilization in Puerto Rico. Then, No Más Bebés (No More Babies) (Renee Tajima-Peña, 2016, 55 min.) tells the story of immigrant mothers in the United States who sued doctors and the government after being forced into sterilization in the 1960s and 1970s.

New York: April 28 at the Brooklyn Museum. Introduced by Eugenia Acuña, reproductive rights advocate.

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Mi Mundial (Home Team)
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Mi Mundial (Home Team)

Based on the Latin American best-seller by former fútbolista Daniel Baldi, Uruguayan director Carlos Andrés Morelli’s feature debut follows an adolescent soccer prodigy poised for big-league success—so long as his hubris don’t get in his way.

Everyone knows Tito is a whiz on the field, but his father insists he place equal emphasis on his studies. That balance topples, however, once an agent pegs Tito as a major talent and convinces the family to uproot from their rural Nogales home and relocate to Montevideo. Will Tito fulfill his dream? Or will his focus on fútbol to the detriment of everything sabotage his goals?

Miami: April 21 at Tower Theater.

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El Futbol o Yo (My Love or My Passion)
Apr
20
to May 10

El Futbol o Yo (My Love or My Passion)

There are fans and there are fanatics—Pedro Pintos (multi-hyphenate Argentine star Adrián Suar) is, to put it mildly, in the latter category. Pedro devours everything fútbol: any team or league, any time. Which is maybe manageable for a young bachelor, but Pedro is a middle-aged husband and father, and his all-consuming passion has finally taken his job and torn apart his family. Pedro is an addict, so he does what addicts do: he joins Alcoholics Anonymous. He just neglects to mention that it’s soccer, not booze, that’s brought him there.

Miami: Opens April 20 at Tower Theater Miami.

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Landfill Harmonic
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Landfill Harmonic

The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. 100% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Coral Gables: April 14 & 15 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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Tráiganme la cabeza de Alfredo García (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia)
Apr
5
to Apr 10

Tráiganme la cabeza de Alfredo García (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia)

Writer-director Sam Peckinpah was a man on the edge at all times. This film, starring Warren Oates as a piano playing drifter who sets out on the titular quest, led many to believe he had finally gone over that edge. Today its urgency and humor have made it an outlaw classic.

Austin: April 5 & 10 at AFS Cinema.

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Eufrosina’s Revolution (La Revolución de los Alcatraces)
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Eufrosina’s Revolution (La Revolución de los Alcatraces)

In 2007, Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza was elected President of Oaxaca's municipal council. Her position was denied because she was a woman. Instead of stopping her, this denial started her on an even bigger political career. The director doggedly follows Eufrosina as she attacks gender inequality and the lack of voting rights for women in her community, while being harassed by government leaders in every step of the way.

New York: March 29 at UnionDocs. Followed by director Q&A.

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Holy Mountain
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Holy Mountain

Legendary filmmaker/artist Jodorowsky followed up his famous 1970 cult classic El Topo with this surreal 1973 epic about a powerful alchemist who leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures through an increasingly bizarre journey to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.  The film was also written, produced, co-scored, co-edited by Jodorowsky, and produced and released by Beatles manager Allen Klein of ABKCO Music and Records.  A truly unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

New York: March 16 & 17 at IFC Center.

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The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

"The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo" is the chronicle of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, spanning his life and work, along with his volatile friendship with celebrity journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Los Angeles: March 9 at La Plaza. Phillip Rodriguez, director, writer, and producer will introduce "The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo." Following will be a dialogue between Wendy Carrillo (California Assembly, 51st District) and Erick Huerta (poet/writer); a performance by Thee Commons (punk-cumbia); and a closing set by Chulita Vinyl Club.

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