Once again, the month of September offers us two wonderful weeks filled with Latino Film courtesy of Cine + Más.
The fourth edition of the festival will showcase a selection of over 40 films, narratives and documentaries from Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, El Salvador, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Highlights this year include three documentaries: the Salvadoran “Children of Memory,” about children who disappeared during the civil war; the Guatemalan “Justice for My Sister” on judicial impunity over the killings of women; and the American “Maestra,” a testimony of the literacy work being carried out in Cuba.
Among the feature films worthy of mention are: the Argentine “Not So Modern Times,” about the life of a pastor in Patagonia, who comes in contact with modernity; the Basque “Bertsolari,” about the tradition of oral poetry; the Mexican “Reporter,” about a newspaper in Tijuana; and the U.S. “Sin Padre,” about a young Honduran in San Francisco’s Mission District .
The festival will also present three splendid programs of short films—“Latin American Shorts,” “LGBT shorts” and “U.S. Latino shorts”—in addition to shorts that will accompany some of the feature films.
The festival opens on Friday Sept. 14 at the Victoria Theatre with the American film “Filly Brown,” an official selection at Sundance this year, which focuses on the musical figure Maria Jose “Majo” Tonorio in Los Angeles.
On Thursday Sept. 13 there will be an opening party at Blue Macaw with the musical groups La Santa Cecilia and Candelaria, and DJ Julicio.
The films will be shown in different venues across the city—Artists’ Television Access, Victoria Theatre, Opera Plaza Cinema, Galeria de la Raza and the Mission Cultural Center—and there will be presentations in San Jose, Oakland and the city of Richmond as well.
For detailed information visit: www.sflatinofilmfestival.com.
—Translation Peter Shene