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La casa de Wannsee
Dir. Poli Martinez Kaplun
(Argentina, 70 min., 2020, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
When her son decides to have a Bar Mitzvah despite her family not adhering to Jewish traditions, director Poli Ramirez Kaplun decides to start digging into her family’s past. Generations of family secrets are uncovered in this sweeping international story that begins with the Second World War and concludes with an emotional 21st century revelation. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Dirs. Jaime Murciego, Pablo Iraburu
(Spain, 80 min., 2019, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Five Bolivian indigenous women are involved in a unique expedition. As a symbol of liberation and empowerment, they propose to climb the highest mountain in America. They are more than climbers, they are brave women who find in the mountain a space to feel free, happy and alive. Their adventure will show the world an inspiring way to be a woman, to live tradition, and to relate to Mother Nature. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Dir. Asif Kapadia
(United Kingdom, 130 min., 2019, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports)
From Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia, HBO Sports presents the extraordinary story of Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona, the most celebrated and polarizing player of his generation. This intimate documentary features never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Oblatos, el vuelo que surcó la noche
Dir. Acelo Ruiz Villanueva
(Mexico, 105 min., 2019, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Mexico, 1976. The government’s persecution of student and labor organizations continues. Toño and Guaymas, members of the communist league “23 de Septiembre”, one of the most important underground resistance organizations in the country’s history, are detained on the grounds of subversion and sent to the high security section of Oblatos Penitentiary in Guadalajara. The only chance of surviving is to escape. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Dir. Ben DeJesus
(United States, 84 min., 2019, English, Biography)
From award-winning director, Ben DeJesus (Great Performances: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway), Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage is a warm and revealing portrait of the actor’s charismatic and groundbreaking journey from his native country of Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination, and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Dir. Rodrigo Occelli
(Mexico, 93 min., 2019, English, Documentary)
Women in Mexico and Latin America take the risk of going to jail for making medicinal cannabis for their children. They will not stop fighting until cannabis is legalized. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Siqueiros: Walls of Passion
Dirs. Lorena Manríquez, Miguel Picker
(United States, 61 min., 2019, English, Documentary)
Siqueiros: Walls of Passion, a one-hour documentary film about Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural América Tropical, located at the birthplace of Los Angeles and later championed by the Chicano movement as a symbol of its oppressed culture. One of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century and one of three great Mexican muralists (with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco), Siqueiros was a controversy-stirring revolutionary and lifetime activist who lived with theatrical flair and painted on an epic scale. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Siudy entre mundos: 50 Performances of the American Dream
Dir. Pablo Croce
(United States, 60 min., 2019, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Siudy Entre Mundos: 50 performances of the American Dream tell the story of the Miami-based Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater (SFDT), whose heritage and roots are in Venezuela and Spain, but who aspire as transplanted artists, refugees and immigrants to see themselves accepted in their adopted American homeland and society. After their stage production, Entre Mundo achieves commercial success, a negative New York Times review threatens to derail their production. The performers and artistic visionaries must then find the courage to continue on and not give up on their dream. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
Dir. Maceo Frost
(Cuba, 76 min., 2018, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary / Sports)
Too weak. Too old. Too beautiful. Naysayers only fuel Namibia Flores Rodriguez’s need to fight. For decades, she’s trained 5 hours a day – every day – in hopes to one day win an Olympic gold title in boxing. But, in Cuba, boxing is banned for women. Although her native nation boasts more gold medals for boxing than any other country, women aren’t allowed in the ring. Now, aged 39 and just one year shy of the official age cap, Namibia is fighting for her final chance. Inspirational and with a lively score, Too Beautiful, cinematically captures the city of Havana and one woman’s steadfast perseverance in the face of institutional prejudice. ¡Documania! Films Showcase.
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