Now in its sixth year, the Boston Latino International Film Festival is the premier showcase for films produced by Latinos and films dealing with social issues of interest to Latino communities. The Festival provides an exciting forum for filmmakers, academics and film enthusiasts to meet and discuss the state of Latino film. This year's festival includes a wide array of fiction and nonfiction work, including a special emphasis on gay and lesbian issues and Mexican cinema.
Festival passes are available. Call 617.308.2102 to get your pass now or purchase at the Box Office during the festival. Passes provide access to all screenings plus all receptions and VIP events.
General Public $70 / Students and Seniors $60.
All films presented with English subtitles. For more details on screenings and visiting filmmakers, please visit www.bliff.org.
Friday October 12 at 7 pm
Directed by Jonathan Browning
US 2007, 3 min.
The immigration debate gets a lot funnier in this Seattle Film Fest award-winning short.
Directed by Toni Bestard
Spain 2007, 10 min.
Two passengers agree on a sexually charged bet while waiting for their luggage.
Directed by Federico Hidalgo
With Vanessa Bauche, Jesse Aaron Dwyre
Canada/Mexico 2006, 87 min.
An alluring Mexican woman comes to Montreal in search of her husband who abandoned her. She meets a young man who falls in love with her and helps her search for her wayward spouse.
Directed by Amy Andre
US 2007, 8 min
This intimate short documentary explores the sexualities of mixed-race people.
Directed by Carolina Valencia
Cuba 2007, 45 min.
The Two Cubas explores the world of contemporary gay Cuba through the personal stories of two friends. The film uncovers a place where strong ties are key to surviving hardship and discrimination within a "Machista" society.
Directed by Noelle Stout
Cuba 2006, 60 min.
Luchando offers a first-ever look at Cuba's gay sex trade through the lives of four unforgettable hustlers who set out to resolve their touching, and at-times humorous, predicaments in Havana's gay underground.
This panel will explore the challenges facing Latina filmmakers in the US and Latin America when it comes to stereotypes, gender discrimination, and cross-cultural filmmaking.
Co-presented by Women in Film & Video New England
Directed by Elizabeth Massie
Mexico/US 2006, 60 min.
Companeras is an intimate profile of America's first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Taking on a male-dominated musical tradition, this 12-member group shatters stereotypes about Latina women while expanding the popularity of mariachi music.
A program of 10 films by directors Will Peña, Hugo Felix, Pablo Angeles, Acán Coen, Alejandro Lugo, Mauricio Garcia Castellanos, Sofia Perez Suinaga, Raul Antonio Caballero Carreto, Hafid Rogero, and Jaime Aparicio. Total running time is 91 minutes.
Co-presented by Imcine (Mexican Institute of Film)
Directed by Victor Audifredd
Mexico 2006, 12 min
A young man answers an older man's unusual classified ad.
Directed by Francesco Taboada Tabone
Mexico 2006, 95 min.
This documentary follows Villa’s son, who recently returned to Mexico to discover his father’s heroic status among millions of peasants.
Directed by David Ocanas
With Poppy Montgomery, Jose Yenque, Daniel Pino
US 2005, 90 min.
Nadine hasn't had a decent night's rest since her sister disappeared. She travels alone to Tijuana to find her, unraveling truths which cause her to question her sanity.
Directed by Marianne Teleki
US/Chile 2007, 73 min.
Special Circumstances follows Chilean exile Hector Salgado as he returns to Chile from the US, camera in hand, to seek and confront the men who imprisoned him and who tortured and killed his friends after the Coup of 1973.
Co-presented by the Latino Public Broadcasting
Directed by Rodrigo Assad
Brazil 2006, 15 min.
Inspired by biographical incidents, the film explores the relationship of two soldiers who meet one another in the disorder of the Brazilian Army.
Directed by Sheldon Schiffer
US/Brazil, 50 min.
Nailed! explores the changing cultural demographic of urban Atlanta by following the personal experiences of a Brazilian immigrant, who gets entangled with a con-artist looking to swindle her out of money for marriage. She discovers that the man of her dreams is as elusive as the American dream itself.
Directed by Connie Field
US/Cuba 2006, 93 min.
¡Salud! spans three continents to portray the lives of Cuban health professionals and their role in the worldwide movement for healthcare. Field travels to Gambia, rural South Africa, Venezuela, coastal villages of Honduras and river settlements in the Amazon, where Cuban doctors are often the only healthcare professionals to ever visit these poor communities
Directed by Mitchell Teplitsky
Peru 2007, 62 min.
Two New Yorkers raised in different worlds - an immigrant from the Andes, a modern dancer from Queens - journey to Peru to reconnect with roots and an astonishing world of traditional dance and culture.
Co-presented by La Base Language School
Directed by Michael Palmer and Charles Mann
Mexico 2007, 21 min.
The residents of a poor, rural Mexican community grapple with the competition for water between a new trout farm and traditional irrigation.
Directed by Patricia Arriaga-Jordan
With Sergi Mateu, Marisol Centeno, Arcelia Ramirez.
Mexico 2006, 124 min.
A famous Mexican artist suffers from degenerative eye disease. Left only with the sight of the color red, he is overcome with grief at the prospect of never being able to paint again. Until he meets Mei (Centeno) a young prostitute who becomes an unlikely muse.