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Cocote
Aug
3
to Nov 30

Cocote

Cocote follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act — especially for him, an Evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out. 

Nationwide: Opens August 3. Check here for a theater near you.

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El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)
Sep
20
to Mar 31

El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)

At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up in a retirement home and are even trying to convince him to amputate his disabled limb. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he’s planned a one-way trip to the other side of the world.

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Museo
Sep
21
to Oct 25

Museo

Thirtysomethings Juan Núñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in a Mexico City suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve they decide time has come to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in Mexican history, looting the iconic National Anthropology Museum. Inspired by true events and shot in never-before filmed locations, Museo is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it.

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Araby
Oct
5
to Oct 21

Araby

Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a twenty-year journey in search of a better life.

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Un traductor
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Un traductor

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin, a Russian literature professor at The University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed. When he meets a child who tells him a story, Malin connects with the kids and finds his way through. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. But Malin is now so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he doesn’t notice his young family suffering. He must find his way back to his wife and child through the lessons he learns at the hospital – and become a better person on the way.

Miami: Opens Oct. 19 at Tower Theater Miami.

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As Boas Maneiras
Oct
26
to Dec 19

As Boas Maneiras

Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. With powerful visuals and an impecable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

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El Angel
Nov
9
to Nov 22

El Angel

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling—to be a thief—manifested itself. When he meets Ramon (Chino Darín) at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime; killing is just a random offshoot  of the violence, which continues  to escalate until Carlitos is finally  apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance,  the press dubs Carlitos "The Angel of Death." Showered  with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity.

Los Angeles: Opens Nov. 9 at Nuart Theater.
New York: Opens Nov. 9 at the Angelika.

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306 Hollywood
Sep
28
to Oct 18

306 Hollywood

At 306 Hollywood Avenue in Newark, former dress designer Annette Ontell lived for 71 years in a nondescript white house. After her death in 2011, her grandchildren Elan and Jonathan were left with her belongings, from toothbrushes to tax documents. Instead of throwing away this lifetime of detritus, Venezuelan-American filmmakers Elan and Jonathan began a meticulous process of cataloguing and archiving everything Annette left behind. The result is this magical documentary, an inspiring look at the extraordinary stories and histories hidden away in the everyday. 

Los Angeles: Opens Oct. 12 at Laemmle Royal.
New York: Opens Sept. 28 at Quad Cinema.

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Cielo
Sep
28
to Oct 4

Cielo

Set in Chile’s Atacama Desert, CIELO explores the sublime night sky, employing an elegant, unusual use of time-lapse photography to capture the movements of a breathtaking astronomical tableau. Filmmaker Alison McAlpine’s thoughtful narration and the ambient sounds of the desert are blended with otherworldly music and affecting moments of deep silence. The resulting meditation on the heavens is a mystical paean to the beauty of the sky and an inspiring vision of a universe that we both see and cannot see. The Atacama – with its high-altitude setting (between the Andes and Chilean Coast Mountains), aridity (the driest non-polar place in the world, receiving an average of only .6 inches of rain per year), and near-complete lack of cloud cover and light pollution – is an ideal place to appreciate the firmament. CIELO is a distinctively cinematic reverie on these night skies, as experienced by astronomers at the La Silla, Paranal, and Las Campanas observatories, as well as local farmers, cowboys, and miners.

New Orleans: Opens Sept. 28 at Zeitgeist.

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A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (Forest of Lost Souls)
Aug
31
to Sep 6

A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (Forest of Lost Souls)

Contemplating suicide, an grief-stricken older man (Jorge Mota) and a young girl (Daniela Love) meet in a dense and remote forest where people go to end their lives. They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue their conversation, finding themselves intrigued by one another. She appears to have all the answers that he has been seeking, and the two engage in a dialogue that almost seems to take on a patient/counselor relationship. She seems to know everything about suicide, ranging from statistics and Japanese hara-kiri techniques to suicidal rituals such as, for instance, carrying a notebook and a pen to write a farewell letter. As they spend their final hours together, it becomes clear that one person is not who they would have the other believe them to be, in this unique and disturbing modern take on the slasher film.

Chicago: Playing now at Facets.

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Ya Veremos
Aug
31
to Sep 27

Ya Veremos

The story of Santi, a preteen who is dealing with the recent separation of his parents Rodrigo and Alejandra. Despite their divorce, Santi's parents are both desperately devoted to their son. When the three learn that Santi has a medical condition that could jeopardize his eyesight, Santi's father encourages him to make a list of places and things he wants to see and do before losing his sight completely. Santi immediately obliges with an elaborate list but with one condition - the estranged couple must come together to help him fulfill his dreams. As the three embark on the amazing, sometimes wacky adventure, the couple must learn how to live together for the sake of their son. But will the adventure open their eyes and make separating impossible? We'll see....

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Constructing Albert
Aug
24
to Aug 30

Constructing Albert

The much-honored Spanish restaurant elBulli, which closed in 2011, was once considered the best in the world, but this intriguing foodie documentary reveals a rival - a sibling rival, that is. While elBulli's head chef Ferran Adriá was proclaimed a genius, it seems that behind the scenes simmering wasn't confined to stockpots. Over a four-year period, filmmakers Collado and Loomis follow the story of Ferran's former partner and co-chef, younger brother Albert, as he steps out of the long shadow of elBulli's legacy and stakes his own claim to fame on an ambitious string of five restaurants in Barcelona's theater district, each featuring a different wildly innovative cuisine. Mouths will water as the film details the creation of Enigma, the seriously experimental eatery that Albert hopes will seal his place in gastronomic history.

Chicago: Opens Aug. 24 at the Siskel Film Center.

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The Rest I Make Up
Aug
23
to Aug 29

The Rest I Make Up

Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many only know her as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage and taught countless students how to connect with their imaginations. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. The duo travels from New York to Havana, Miami to Seattle, exploring the playwright’s remembered past and their shared present. Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes’s important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.

New York: Aug. 23 - 29 at the Museum of Modern Art.

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El Inca
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

El Inca

Based on the story of undefeated two-time World Boxing Champion Edwin Valero, El Inca is a biographical drama about talent and charisma, love and ambition, excess and self-destruction. Valero, aka “El Inca,” rose from humble Andean roots to international celebrity by defeating one rival after another—he set a world record by winning his first 18 fights with a first-round knockout. But as Valero’s professional life bloomed his personal life began to stagger, with insecurities leading to marital infidelities and perilous addiction, aspects of Valero’s life that still spark controversy: following a brief, successful theatrical run, the Venezuelan Government removed the film from theaters.

Charlottesville: Aug. 21 at Violet Crown.

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Casi 40
Aug
17
to Aug 23

Casi 40

They were adolescent lovers. Lucía (Lucía Jiménez) became one half of a successful pop duo but is now settled into domestic life with a husband and two children. Fernando (Fernando Remallo) gets by selling organic cosmetics but seeks to rekindle Lucía’s career with a modest concert tour of the Spanish countryside. David Trueba’s film reunites the two principals of his first film, The Good Life (1996), two decades later, fast approaching middle age. What became of their dreams and aspirations? Has life changed them in significant ways? 

Coral Gables: Opens Aug. 17 at Gables Art Cinema.

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We The Animals
Aug
17
to Sep 27

We The Animals

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father (Raúl Castillo), Ma (Sheila Vand,) seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. Based on Justin Torres’ acclaimed novel.

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Gabriel e a Montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain)
Aug
17
to Sep 6

Gabriel e a Montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain)

Fellipe Barbosa's film follows Gabriel Buchmann as he travels the world for one year before entering a prestigious American university. After ten months on the road, he arrives in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Everything changes, however, when he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi. Based on the true story of Barbosa’s friend from school.

Miami: Opens Aug. 17 at Miami Beach Cinematheque
San Francisco: Opens Aug. 31 at Landmark Theatre East Bay and Opera Plaza.

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Handia (Giant)
Aug
17
to Aug 30

Handia (Giant)

North of Spain, 1843. When young Martin returns home from the war, crippled and defeated, he cannot believe his eyes. His dear brother Joaquin has grown up to become an actual giant, as useless as he is for the family’s work in their tiny hamlet. To keep the family afloat, the two embark on a breathtaking adventure, turning the giant into a circus act, performing in squares, theaters and leading courts throughout Europe. But they soon learn that the world of show business is one of challenges, lies and betrayal. A world where, the bigger you come, the harder you fall.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Todo lo demás (Everything Else)
Jul
27
to Aug 2

Todo lo demás (Everything Else)

Doña Flor has worked in the same government office for over 35 years, attending to several dozen people from all the corners of Mexican society– rich, poor, educated and illiterate alike. One day her life becomes unhinged and she goes to the pool seeking solace in the water, but is paralyzed by fear until a gesture of kindness from another woman resuscitates her. 
 

San Francisco: July 27 - August 2 at The Roxie.

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En el Séptimo Día
Jun
8
to Oct 3

En el Séptimo Día

When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries without success to reason with his boss or replace himself in the match. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

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Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)
Jun
3
to Jun 6

Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)

A 1968 film, in a 4K restoration for its 50th anniversary. Post-Bay of Pigs Havana, as bourgeois, would-be writer Sergio Corrieri sees off his parents (they embrace) and wife (they don’t).  Later, his seeming best friend emigrates, too, only after a long harangue. He attempts to write, observes the city through a telescope from his très 60s apartment balcony, and wanders through the streets, book stores, and art galleries, always aware of glances from women, fantasizing about his cleaning lady - then seducing Daisy Granados’ nervous/passionate working class teen. He watches a reel of sexy scenes cut from Hollywood movies by Batista-era censors and attends a literary round table with the likes of Edmundo Desnoes (author of the original novel) and Jack Gelber (author of The Connection).  He sweats his way through an embarrassing trial, and listens to a vintage Castro rant during the Missile Crisis. All filtered through brooding voice-overs, newsreels, and hidden camera treks through the city; a character study of a post-revolution désengagée through the techniques of the New Wave and Antonioni.

Omaha: June 3 - 6 at Film Streams.

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Nossa Chape
Jun
1
to Jun 21

Nossa Chape

Nossa Chape tracks the rebuilding of the Brazilian soccer team, Chapocoense, after an airplane carrying the team to the Copa Sudamericana finals in Colombia crashed on November 28th, 2016. Nineteen of the 22 players perished, along with dozens of staff, coaches and reporters. Remarkably, the team began to rebuild just one month later, and with exclusive access to the new team, families of the deceased, and three living players, this powerful documentary shows a team and a city divided about how to handle catastrophe: should they focus on keeping the memory of the dead alive or move on with their own lives? Additionally, there is also the toll it takes on the survivors and families of the victims who start to question how things are being handled and feel that their stories are being pushed aside.

Chicago: Opens June 15 at Facets Cinémathèque. 
Los Angeles: Opens June 1 at Monica Film Center.
New York: Opens June 1 at Village East Cinema.
San Francisco: Opens June 15 at The Roxie. 
Washington, DC: Opens June 8 at The Avalon.

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Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
May
25
to Aug 16

Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)

In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

Nationwide: Opens May 25.  Check here for a theater near you.

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La Novia del Desierto (The Desert Bride)
May
4
to Jun 14

La Novia del Desierto (The Desert Bride)

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Nationwide: Opens May 4. Check here for a theater near you.

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El Autor (The Motive)
May
4
to May 23

El Autor (The Motive)

Alvaro dreams of becoming a great writer, but he is incapable of producing anything other than tedious, pretentious drivel. He works as a clerk for a notary in Seville and his passion for writing is the only thing that brightens up his otherwise dull existence. His wife Amanda couldn’t be more different. She’s always been down-to-earth and never dreamed of becoming a writer, yet she’s the one whose first novel ends up being a best-seller. Just one of life’s little ironies…

The couple’s separation is inevitable and acts as the push Alvaro needs to finally realize his dream of writing a great novel. But when he finally sits down to write, he can’t do it… He not only lacks talent, but imagination as well. Guided by his writing teacher, Juan, Alvaro discovers that truly great fiction is drawn from reality and so embarks on a mission to create his own story. By manipulating his friends and neighbors, Alvaro gets his plot, but will his true story have a happy ending…?

Miami: Opens May 4 at Tower Theater Miami.

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Casi Leyendas (Almost Legends)
Apr
27
to May 3

Casi Leyendas (Almost Legends)

Axel (Santiago Segura), an idiosyncratic personality, goes on a search for his former bandmates in Buenos Aires. 25 years ago they formed a musical band that was about to be famous but for some mysterious reason never made it. Axel now is going to have to reconnect with Javier (Diego Peretti), a teacher who cannot communicate with his teenage son, and Lucas (Diego Torres), a conceited lawyer who loses his job all of a sudden. A double challenge awaits them: to be the band they always dreamed of, and as if that were not enough, to solve the mess that is their lives.

Miami: Opens April 27 at Tower Theater

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El Mar la Mar
Apr
20
to Apr 24

El Mar la Mar

The Sonoran Desert, site of many a treacherous border crossing from Mexico into the United States, is the subject of this troubling, poetic documentary. Detailing the experiences of people living and working on both sides of the border, the directors accompany stories about the hardships of the desert with vast, desolate images of the territory covered and the occasional signs left behind by those who have braved it.

Chicago: April 20  - 24 at Siskel Film Center.

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Overboard
Apr
20
to May 24

Overboard

Overboard focuses on "Leonardo" (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico's richest family and "Kate" (ANNA FARIS), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo's luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work - for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new "family" and co-workers. But, with Leonardo's billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?

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Zama
Apr
13
to May 31

Zama

This long-awaited adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Latin American modernism transports us to a remote corner of 18th-century South America, where a servant of the Spanish crown slowly loses his grip on reality. Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel, the Argentine auteur behind The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman, Zama is that rarest of creative feats: a perfect coupling of literary source material and cinematic sensibility. Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) leads a suspended existence as a sort of upper-tier government clerk in what is now Paraguay. He has not seen his wife and children in years. His relationships with his fellow Europeans are strained due to competition and confusion, while his interactions with the settlement’s Black and Indigenous servants are addled by desire and hostility. Zama’s entire sense of purpose is tied up in the promise that he will soon be delivered to his rightful position in faraway Buenos Aires, but the waiting seems endless. As time passes, Zama’s paranoia and capacity for violence burgeons — while his circumstances become only more precarious.

Nationwide: Opens April 13. Check here for a theater near you.

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Cómplices
Mar
26
to Apr 5

Cómplices

Juan Campos (Arath de la Torre) has dedicated his life to seducing the most beautiful women with his friend and accomplice, Luis Pani. When they prepare for their trip to the Dominican Republic, Luis falls ill, and Juan is forced to take his nephew Mau (Jesus Zavala), a 20 year old boy who is going through the depression of losing his first love. While Juan trains Mau in the art of seduction, Teresa D’Ors (Marina de Tavira) appears, the only woman in the world capable of paralyzing Juan. Together, they venture on a journey where they will learn from each other and discover that in love nothing is certain.

San Diego: Playing now at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Tuya, Mia . . . Te La Apuesto (Penalty Kick)
Mar
26
to Apr 5

Tuya, Mia . . . Te La Apuesto (Penalty Kick)

How far does a soccer fan go for his beloved national team? Mariano Cárdenas (Adrian Uribe), a married man and a civil servant, shows us that crossing the line when supporting the national team is a must. Mexico and the USA are in the final qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. Mariano is committed to giving everything he has, including his time and relationship with his wife, to be present in the game because he is convinced that his presence in the stadium is the only thing factor that will guarantee the victory. Everything is ready and organized for the big day. Unfortunately, plans change when Mariano learns of the death of his uncle, with whom he lived and with whom he wagered a large bet on the team. Mariano is torn between being at the funeral or escaping to accompany the team. Thanks to the decision he makes, he loses his job, his wife, his home but his heart is full as Mexico qualifies for the World Cup.

San Diego: Playing now at Digital Gym Cinema.

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La Leyenda del Charro Negro
Mar
23
to Apr 12

La Leyenda del Charro Negro

The fifth installment of the Leyendas series of animated films and directed by Alberto Rodríguez, the film's story is focused on the "Charro Negro" historic figure, but also references story elements from the past installments Picking up from the events of Chupacabras, Leo and his brother Nando are returning home to Puebla. Along the way, Leo encounters the Charro Negro who confuses him and results a girl to be cast into the underworld. To revert his mistakes, he enlists the help of his friends.

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Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
Mar
10
to May 31

Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the little-known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba. 
After a wave of Jewish refugees to Cuba in the 1920’s and 30’s, the island shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the ship the St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba changed course and took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families who, for a few years, turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers. In the factories, women work beside men, Jews beside Cubans.

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Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)

University researcher Martin (Fernando Alvarez Rebeil) turns up in a small jungle settlement in Mexico’s Vera Cruz province in search of the two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. They are two elderly men, Isauro (Manuel Poncelis) and cantankerous Evaristo (Eligio Melendez), living with his granddaughter Lluvia (Fatima Molina). Martin wants to record Isauro and Evaristo in conversation, but unfortunately for him, the old men haven’t spoken to each other for 50 years, and aren't about to start now.

Berkeley: March 7 at UC Berkeley.

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Dolores
Mar
1
to Apr 11

Dolores

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.  

Nationwide: Now playing. Check here for screenings near you.

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