The Latin American Film Festival

Tempest (Tempestad)

Tatiana Huezo / Mexico / 2016 / 105 min

Spanish with English subtitles
A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempestnarrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance.
October 26th @ 5:00 PM

Forbidden: Undocumented And Queer In Rural America

Tyffany Rhynard / USA / 2016 / 82 min

English
Two hot-button issues come together in Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. As Donald Trump rails against Mexican immigrants and LGBTQ community, we are introduced to Moises Serrano, who came to America from Mexico when he was 18 months old. Since he was not born in America, Moises is not a legal immigrant. We soon learn that Moises also happens to be gay, and in North Carolina, that presents another set of challenges. 
October 26th @ 7:00 PM

OPERATION E (OPERACIÓN E)

Miguel Courtois Paternina / Colombia, France, Spain / 2012 / 108 min

Spanish with English subtitles
A controversial film in Colombia due to the real event on which it is based (the kidnapping of Clara Rojas and Ingrid Betancourt), Operation E was at risk of being banned but was finally released in the country after a politicized trial. Crisanto (a magnificent Luis Tosar) is a poor cocaine farmer who lives with his family in the Guaviare jungle, a region ruled by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). A group of guerrilla fighters give them a moribund baby and tell them to take care of him. The doctors heal the baby, but believing he’s been abandoned and abused, and they take it away.
November 2nd @ 5:00 PM

The Empty Classroom (El Aula Vacía)

Multiple Directors / Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, El Salvador / 2015 / 111 min

In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles
Nearly half of all young people in Latin America never finish high school. To explore this dropout crisis, creative director Gael García Bernal gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers who have created a captivating anthology of short films, both narrative and documentary. There is no easy solution to this complex issue, and each short delves into the underlying reasons, from poverty to societal traditions, that students aren’t graduating.
Among many issues, the short films explore the links between the dropout crisis and violence; how to identify students at risk of dropping out of school in Latin America; the lack of interest in school that is preventing students from graduating; school exclusion in indigenous communities; the not-so-typical challenges to finishing high school faced by a deaf student; the relationship between the financial cost to staying in school and its benefits; and what happens when drop out students want to go back.
November 2 @ 7:00 PM