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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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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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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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Um Filme de Dança
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Um Filme de Dança

“And the blacks? Where are the black people?” Jean-Paul Sartre asked on a visit to Brazil in 1960. The question still resonates today and motivated UM FILME DE DANÇA, a pioneering documentary on the history of Brazilian dance. Filmed in four major Brazilian cities and in New York, this documentary shows the personal histories, philosophies and work of some of the most active black creators of dance in Brazil. It celebrates the perseverance of black dancers and choreographers of different generations and the black body’s dominion over its own dance. 

New York: March 6 at NYU.

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El Topo
Mar
2
to Mar 3

El Topo

A classic cult film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, "El Topo" is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away.

New York: March 2 & 3 at IFC Center.

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Havana Skate Days
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Havana Skate Days

HAVANA SKATE DAYS is an intimate portrait of Cuba and its current struggles told through the story of Havana’s nascent skate scene. The film follows Yojany Perez, a young, talented skateboarder trying to grow extreme sports in Cuba, and his tight knit crew of skateboarders. The generational rift between Cuba’s millennials and older generations is exposed as the skaters struggle to carve a space for themselves in Cuba’s future and cope with the loss of their friends to the temptations of the outside world.

Miami: March 1 at O Cinema.

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal-Las mariposas del alma
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Santiago Ramón y Cajal-Las mariposas del alma

This film screening includes: Santiago Ramón y Cajal—Las mariposas del alma, directed by Ana Martínez for Televisión Española, 2006, 59 min. (with English subtitles); and Bluebrain Year 7, excerpts from an ongoing documentary project directed by Noah Hutton, which follows neuroscience research around the world, focusing in particular on Henry Markram’s Blue Brain Project in Switzerland. With commentary and Q&A by Noah Hutton and Benjamin Ehrlich, author of a forthcoming biography of Cajal.

New York: Feb. 15 at NYU.

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El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent)
Feb
5
to Feb 21

El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent)

Through parallel story threads set 40 years apart, this absorbing odyssey follows two Western scientists who travel deep into the Amazon jungle looking for a rare plant that possesses healing powers, with enigmatic shaman Karamakate as their guide. Director Ciro Guerra used diaries of actual Amazon expeditions to inform his film.

Austin: Feb. 5 at AFS Cinema
Chicago: Feb. 16 & 19 at Siskel Film Center. 
New York: Feb. 21 at BAM.

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Zoé: Panoramas
Feb
1
3:30 PM15:30

Zoé: Panoramas

A unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America’s top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. “Panoramas” is a Cinéma Vérité-style portrait of Zoé that takes you on a contemplative audio/visual journey through some of the band’s most decisive moments.  A film crew accompanies the band during a two-year period to provide us with an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the band’s longest international tour to date, in their first real shot at becoming well-known and “making it big” outside their home country of México. The 15-year artistic career of Zoé completes its growth-cycle and reaches full circle as the musicians arrive at the quintessential question all bands face: What’s next?

San Francisco: Feb. 1 at the Roxie.

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The Secret Nation
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Secret Nation

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a military coup, this Bolivian film follows Sebastian Maisman (Reynaldo Yujra), who returns to his former Aymara village after life in the city but ultimately disgraces his community by collaborating with the corrupt government and embezzling aid money. As a rite of expiation, he decides to journey to his homeland once more and enact the ancient Jacha Tata Danzanti, a ceremony in which the performer dances himself to death as a sacrificial offering. This series of events is told through a darting, elliptical mode of continuity, inspired by the Aymara’s cyclical notion of time.

New York: Jan. 16 at Light Industry.

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