¡Documania! Showcase at 23rd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10-20, 2016)

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Films in this year’s DOCUMANIA SHOWCASE Include:

El boton de Nácar
Dir. Patricio Gúzman
(Chile, 88 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
3/12 / 6:45 / S9
3/15 / 4:45 / S1

Master documentarian Patricio Guzmán (Nostalgia de la luz) examines the history of Patagonian waterways. In doing so, he discovers connections between colonialism and its effects on the Indigenous population of Chile and the callous nature of the Pinochet government. ¡Documania! Showcase.

La buena vida
Dir. Jens Schanze
(Colombia / Germany / Switzerland / Netherlands, 97 min., 2015, Spanish, Wayùu, English, German, w/ English subtitles)
3/11 / 4:30 / S9
3/16 / 8:45 / S2
3/20 / 11:15 / S10

Deep in the jungle of Colombia, a remote indigenous village is watching its way of life erode as a result of the presence of the El Cerrejon Mining Company. Jairo Fuentes, the leader of the village, tries to negotiate with the miners after he learns his village may have to resettle. Jairo finds himself in the fight of his life as he tries to save both his village and his community’s traditions. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Dir. Hatuey Viveros Lavielle
(Mexico, 80 min., 2014, Nahuatl, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/10 / 6:30 / DGC (Digital Gym CINEMA North Park)
3/13 / 2:30 / S1
3/15 / 4:30 / S2

Jorge is the first in his Nahuatl community to graduate as a lawyer. On the eve of the first anniversary of his father’s death, Jorge must decide if he will pursue a career in law or stay to help his family. Meanwhile, his newly pregnant 16 year old sister, has her own difficult decision to make. ¡Documania! Showcase.

El hombre nuevo
Dir. Aldo Garay
(Uruguay / Chile / Nicaragua, 79 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/12 / 5:15 / S2
3/20 / 3:55 / S10

Born Roberto in Nicaragua, and adopted by a couple of Uruguayan leftist activists in the midst of the Sandinista revolution, Stephania is struggling to live her life as a transgender woman. The film is a deeply personal portrait of a woman whose tempestuous life has involved violence, drugs, prostitution and political commitment. Stephania embarks on a journey to rediscover her home country, where she was once a son, a brother, and boy, hoping to be accepted as the woman she is and always has been.¡Documania! Showcase.

Dir. Eileen Hofer
(Switzerland / Cuba, 67 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/13 / 11:30 / S9
3/15 / 6:30 / S2

In the run-down rehearsal rooms of the infamous Grand Theatre of Havana, Amanda and Viengsay dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their demanding routine: classical ballet. Their every step and aspiration echo the great achievements of their predecessor, Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta, still invincible at the grand age of 90. ¡Documania! Showcase.

I Touched All Your Stuff
Dir. Maíra Bühler, Matias Mariani
(Brazil, 92 min., 2015, Portuguese w/ English subtitles)
3/13 / 2:00 / S2
3/20 / 5:45 / S9

American Christopher Kirk is a bored geek who decides to go to Colombia to chase Pablo Escobar’s hippos. Once there, he falls in love with a mysterious woman and gets thrown in jail, maybe on drug charges. Or at least that’s the story he gives in this intriguing, true-crime documentary that starts out like Errol Morris’ seminal whodunit, The Thin Blue Line, but quickly gets hijacked by Kirk, who has quite a few stories to tell. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Dir. Karina Garcia Casanova
(Canada / Mexico, 78 min., 2014, Spanish, English, French w/ English subtitles)
3/14 / 4:00 / S10
3/18 / 4:00 / DGC
3/20 / 4:05 / S2

In her debut autobiographical documentary, director Karina Garcia Casanova builds an intimate and heartbreaking account of her family’s struggles with immigration, rootlessness, and mental illness. When her brother, Juan, returns to Quebec from Mexico, Garcia Casanova decides to chronicle the struggles of her mother and brother, who both suffer from bipolar disorder. As the film progresses, it becomes a way for Garcia Casanova to come to terms with her childhood and to rebuild a relationship with her family. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Dir. Jorge Caballero Ramos
(Colombia, 70 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
3/13 / 3:00 / S10
3/19 / 3:15 / S2

In Colombia, where the harsh health system requires its users to face absurd bureaucratic obstacles to access its services, “patient” describes not only the one who has the disease but also the one responsible for the well-being of the patient. Nubia is the embodiment of “patient”. Despite the anguish of possibly losing her daughter to an aggressive cancer, Nubia firmly works her way through a complicated bureaucracy to save her child. ¡Documania! Showcase.

El patio de mi casa
Dir. Carlos Hagerman
(Mexico, 89 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/11 / 4:00 / DGC
3/14 / 8:45 / S9
3/17 / 4:00 / S10

Documentarian Carlos Hagerman pays tribute to his parents, Doris and Oscar, who have have spent 40 years dedicating their lives to educational and architectural projects in rural indigenous communities in Mexico. On the eve of the their retirement, Isabel and Enedina, two indigenous professionals in the Sierra de Puebla mountainous region, take the baton from their mentors and teachers to carry the spirit of their work forward. ¡Documania! Showcase.

La prenda
Dir. Jean-Cosme Delaloye
(Guatemala / Switzerland, 78 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/12 / 6:15 / S3
3/16 / 4:30 / S2

In Guatemala, Karin Gramajo’s life drastically changed when her teenage cousin was brutally kidnapped and murdered. Astrid Elias was kidnapped and raped at the age of 14. Despite death threats and other dangers, Karin and Astrid are speaking up and fighting back. They hope to slow down the number of kidnappings and femicides, and to stem the tide of forced emigration from Guatemala, a country where too many women are still seen as “prendas.” ¡Documania! Showcase.

Retratos de una búsqueda
Dir. Alicia Calderon
(Mexico, 74 min., 2014, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/10 / 9:10 / S9
3/14 / 4:05 / DGC
3/19 / 1:30 / S9

In the Mexican narco-war, thousands of mothers search for their missing sons and daughters. Among them are Navidad, Guadalupe and Margarita, each searching for their children, facing uncertainty at every turn. One turns to the FBI, another obtains a personal promise from the president of Mexico, while yet another tries to return to her routine while searching for her grandson. A powerful portrait of Mexico today. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Los reyes del pueblo que no existe
Dir. Betzabé Garcia
(Mexico, 83 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/13 / 11:00AM / DGC
3/15 / 4:00 / S10
3/17 / 6:30 / S9

The Mexican town of San Marcos is inundated with water because of the construction of a local dam. Most of the residents have left, except for three families. Pani and Paula do not want to close their tortilleria and spend their spare time rescuing the town from ruins; Miro and his parents dream of leaving but can’t; Yoya and Jaimito live in fear but have everything they need. Poetic and emotionally resonant, Los reyes del pueblo que no existe is a documentary about the unbreakable bonds we form with the places we call home. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Tocando la luz
Dir. Jennifer Redfearn
(Cuba, 72 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/13 / 1:05 / S9
3/15 / 4:00 / DGC
3/20 / 9:35 / S10

Lily, Mily, and Margarita, three blind women living in Havana, face family problems and heartbreak as they begin to realize their dependence on others is a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself. ¡Documania! Showcase.

We Like It Like That
Dir. Mathew Ramirez Warren
(USA, 82 min., 2015, English, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
3/11 / 6:30 / S10
3/13 / 5:00 / S10

Latin Boogaloo is New York. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of the 1960’s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Featuring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colón and Pete Rodríguez, We Like It Like That looks at a fascinating moment in Latin music history from its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity – the sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down. ¡Documania! Showcase.

Ticket Prices:

Individual Movie Tickets:

General Admission – $11.50
Senior/Student/Military – $9.50
Member rate – $8.50

Screenings to take place at AMC Fashion Valley 18 & MACSD’s very-own Digital Gym CINEMA North Park (2921 El Cajon Blvd, SD, CA 92104).

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