Films

The Thin Yellow Line/La Delgada Línea Amarilla

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Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

95 min.

México, 2015.

Directed by Celso R. García

Spanish w/English subtitles

The Thin Yellow Line is the journey of five men who are hired to paint the dividing line on a road that connects two towns in Mexico. In an old pick-up truck, they start the job of more than 124 miles of asphalt and yellow paint that they need to complete in less than two weeks. Five loners who, by chance, are united by the only purpose of winning some money, but, without looking for it, this journey will change their way of understanding life. At the end of the job, they will realize that there is a thin line between good and evil; between laughter and crying; between life and death.

Volcano/ Ixcanul

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Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

91 min.

Guatemala, 2015.

Directed by Jayro Bustamante 

In Maya and Spanish w/ English subtitles

Ixcanul chronicles, with unblinking realism, the story of Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan Kaqchikel girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the plantation overseer. But Maria doesn’t sit back and accept her destiny. Pepe, a young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the USA becomes her possible way out. Maria seduces Pepe in order to run away with him, but after promises and clandestine meetings, Pepe takes off, leaving her pregnant, alone and in disgrace. There’s no time to lose for Maria’s mother, who thinks abortion is the only solution. Yet despite her mother’s ancestral knowledge, the baby remains, “destined to live.” But destiny has more in store for Maria: a snakebite forces them to leave immediately in search of a hospital. The modern world Maria has so dreamt about will save her life, but at what price…

Clandestine Childhood/ Infancia Clandestina 

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Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over. 

110 min.

Argentina, 2012.

Directed by Benjamín Ávila

Spanish w/English subtitles

Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, twelve-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture, and even death, is constant. However, Juan’s daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto-a name he must not forget, since his family’s survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents’ rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation. This exceptional first feature not only captures the spirit and passion of the freedom fighters who gave their lives for a cause, but also gives voice to their children, caught in a battle that was not their own yet rising heroically to the challenge.

The Second Mother/Que Horas Ela Volta?

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Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

112 min.

Brazil, 2015

Directed by Ana Muylaert

Portuguese w/English subtitles

In São Paulo, Val has been working for 13 years in an elegant house as Fabinho’s nanny since he was a child. Val’s estranged teenage daughter Jéssica, who lives in Pernambuco, was raised by her father and another woman but financially supported by Val. When Jéssica calls her mother to tell her she will travel to São Paulo to take the admission test for one of the best universities in the city, Val asks permission to her employers to bring Jéssica to her room. They agree and the teenager is welcomed by the family. But soon she becomes a problem to Val since she does not follow the usual submission norms of maids, breaking the class barriers in the house and bringing disturbance to the relationships.

NN

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Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

89 min.

Perú, 2014.

Directed by Héctor Gálvez

Spanish w/English subtitles

NN offers a nuanced look at a country’s efforts, Perú, to come to terms with a dark chapter in its history: the civil war that took place from 1980-2000. A group of forensic anthropologists digs up the corpses of eight people who disappeared without a trace 20 years ago during a violent political period in Peru. Among them, they find a ninth unidentified corpse. The only thing that can lead to the identity of the man is the vague photo of a smiling girl found in his shirt’s pocket. Fidel, a thoughtful investigator fascinated by the case, struggles to maintain a scientific approach to his work when a lonely widow shows up convinced this NN (Non Nomine) is her disappeared husband. Should he conduct a thorough investigation that may leave the widow’s plea unanswered or grant her the closure she has been searching for decades?

Silence in Dreamland/ Silencio En La Tierra De Los Sueños

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Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

94 min.

Ecuador, 2013.

Directed by Tito Molina

No dialogues; Spanish w/English subtitles

After the death of her husband, silence and loneliness reign in this old lady’s house. She made routine her best friend and faith her shelter. Only in her dreams she runs away from those four walls to a timeless magic land where the sea speaks without using words. Her days go by like this; between the real life and dreams… until a street dog comes to her door.

A Moonless Night/ Una Noche Sin Luna

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Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

78 min.

Uruguay, 2015

Directed by Germán Tejeira

Spanish w/English subtitles

On New Year’s Eve, three lonely characters travel to a small town in the Uruguayan countryside. Cesar, a divorced man, arrives at the town, where he will have dinner with his ex-wife’s new family in an attempt to win back his daughter’s love. Antonio, a small-time magician, is trying to get to the town to perform his routine at the community center, but his car breaks down. Stranded in the middle of the deserted road, he meets Laura, a woman working at the toll station. Miguel, a performer, prepares to sing at the community center’s New Year’s Eve party. By following their paths to the town, the characters have a chance to change their destinies

The Chosen Ones/ Las Elegidas

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Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

105 min.

México, 2015

Directed by David Pablos

Spanish w/English subtitles

The Chosen Ones turns on 15-year-old, Ulises, who is being groomed by his father to enamour young girls, tricking them into prostitution. But he falls in love with Sofia, his first victim, who’s just 14. To save her, his father demands he seduces a second girl, entangling Ulises in the world of juvenile prostitution that he was trying to avoid, from which escape comes at a very high price.

Embrace of the Serpent/ El Abrazo De La Serpiente

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Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

123 min.

Colombia, 2016.

Directed by Ciro Guerra

Indigenous languages, German, Spanish, w/ English subtitles

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers, Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes, who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards (2016).

 

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