Anina

Anina

In the Wealthy Theatre Micro-cinema. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Appropriate for all ages.

80 min.

Uruguay, 2013

Directed by Alfredo Soderguit

In Spanish with English subtitles

Anina Yatay Salas is a ten-year-old whose name spells trouble: those three palindromes in a row are an ongoing source of teasing at school. When a playground fight results in mysterious punishment, Anina will learn to put her problems in perspective and empathize with others in this sweet little daydream of a tale. (www.filmaffinity.com)

The Distinguished Citizen

The Distinguished Citizen

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

118 min.

Argentina, 2016

Directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn

In Spanish with English subtitles

After refusing awards and speaking engagements all over the world, Daniel Mantovani, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown of Salas, Argentina, which provided the inspiration for his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worst idea of his life. Expect the unexpected when you have used real people as characters in your novels. (www.filmaffinity.com)

Tempest

Tempest

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

105 min.

Mexico, 2016

Directed by Tatiana Huezo

In Spanish with English subtitles

Tempest is the parallel journey of two women. One morning Miriam is arrested at her workplace and is unjustly accused of “human trafficking”. The violence she experienced during her imprisonment has left a profound gap in her life. Adela works as a clown in a travelling circus. Ten years ago, her daughter Monica went missing and every night during the show, Adela recalls that tragedy. Through their stories we see the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico, and the women’s voices draws us into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity and resistance.  (www.filmaffinity.com)

Don’t Call Me Son

Don’t Call Me Son

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

82 min.

Brazil, 2016

Directed by Anna Muylaert

In Portuguese with English subtitles

A young man is stunned to discover that he was kidnapped as a child by the woman he’s called mother his entire life. Pierre (whose real name is Felipe), is left to deal with the consequences of her actions and finally meet his biological family. (www.filmaffinity.com)

The Family

The Family

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

82 min.

Venezuela, 2017

Directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova

In Spanish with English subtitles

Andrés and his 12 year old son Pedro live in a blue-collar violent neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas but hardly see each other. One day Andrés comes home and finds out that Pedro has gotten himself in serious trouble after hurting a boy in a fight. They must flee their home to stay alive and the experience draws father and son together in a way neither of them anticipated. (www.filmaffinity.com)

El Amparo

El Amparo

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

101 min.

Venezuela, 2016

Directed by Rober Calzadilla

In Spanish with English subtitles

In the town of El Amparo, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their companions were killed. Although they claimed to be fishermen, the Venezuelan army accused them of being guerrilla fighters, intimidating them in every possible way and even attempting to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit to the official version was overwhelming.

Guaraní

Guaraní

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

85 min.

Paraguay/Argentina, 2016

Directed by Luis Zarroquín

In Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles

A heartfelt story, Guaraní follows fisherman Atilio as he travels with his granddaughter Iara to Buenos Aires. Atilio’s greatest desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guaraní culture. When he discovers that Iara’s mother, Helena, is pregnant, he decides to go on a long journey and cross borders, hoping to convince Helena to give birth in the Guarani land…The long journey will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.

Neruda

Neruda

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

107 min.

Chile, 2016

Directed by Pablo Larraín

In Spanish with English subtitles

Popular poet and Communist Senator Pablo Neruda opposes the administration of President Gabriel González Videla and denounces his brutal anti-communist repression in a speech in the National Congress in 1948. Threatened with arrest by the detective Oscar Peluchonneau, he goes underground with his wife. Refusing to live the life of a fugitive, Neruda begins writing “Canto general” and becomes a symbol of freedom and a legendary figure. (www.filmaffinity.com)

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days

Appropriate for all ages.

78 min.

Colombia, 2016

Directed by Catalina Mesa

In Spanish with English subtitles

Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days is a kaleidoscopic series of portraits of women living in the Colombian community of Jericó. This delicate and musical journey weaves together the everyday encounters and conversations of women of different ages and backgrounds, revealing their personal stories, inner lives, wisdom, and sense of humour. The documentary presents an intimate, feminine view of the region, celebrating and preserving the authenticity of the female spirit in Antioquian culture, a small slice of Colombia’s deliciously diverse intangible cultural heritage.

 

Good People

Good People

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

86 min.

Colombia, 2014

Directed by Franco de Lolli

In Spanish with English subtitles

Without warning, 10-year-old Eric  is sent to live with his estranged handyman father Gabriel, whom he barely knows. Gabriel does odd jobs for the kindly Maria Isabel, an upper middle class woman with children of her own. Maria Isabel invites Gabriel and Eric to her country home for the Christmas holidays. However, socio-economic differences can’t easily be ignored. When Maria Isabel offers to take care of Eric, a series of uncomfortable incidents damages the trust between them. (www.filmaffinity.com)

 

El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) (112 minutes)

El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) (112 minutes)

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

123 min.

Colombia, 2016

Directed by Ciro Guerra

In multiple languages with 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).

Las elegidas (The Chosen Ones) (110 minutes)

Las elegidas (The Chosen Ones) (110 minutes)

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

105 min.

Mexico, 2015

Directed by David Pablos

In Spanish with 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.

Una noche sin luna (A Moonless Night) (80 minutes)

Una noche sin luna (A Moonless Night) (80 minutes)

Apta para mayores de 13 años.

78 min.

Uruguay, 2015

Dirigida por Germán Tejeira

En español con subtítulos en inglés

Durante la noche de fin de año, tres personajes solitarios llegan a un pequeño pueblo perdido en el campo uruguayo. César, un hombre divorciado, llega al pueblo, donde cenará con la nueva familia de su ex-mujer para así poder recobrar el amor de su hija. Antonio, un mago poco conocido, está tratando de llegar al pueblo para poder presentar su rutina en el centro comunitario, pero su auto se estropea. Varado en medio de un camino desolado, conoce a Laura, una mujer que trabaja en la estación de peaje. Miguel, un artista, se prepara para cantar en el centro comunitario durante la fiesta de fin de año. Al seguir su camino hacia el pueblo, estos personajes tendrán una oportunidad para cambiar su destino.

Silencio en la tierra de los sueños (Silence in Dreamland) (94 minutes)

Silencio en la tierra de los sueños (Silence in Dreamland) (94 minutes)

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

94 min.

Ecuador, 2013

Directed by Tito Molina

No dialogue; 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.

NN (90 minutes)

NN (90 minutes)

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

89 min.

Peru, 2014

Directed by Héctor Gálvez

In Spanish with 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?

Que horas ela volta? (The Second Mother) (114 minutes)

Que horas ela volta? (The Second Mother) (114 minutes)

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

112 min.

Brazil, 2015

Directed by Ana Muylaert

In Portuguese with 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.

Infancia clandestina (Clandestine Childhood) (112 minutes)

Infancia clandestina (Clandestine Childhood) (112 minutes)

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over. 

110 min.

Argentina, 2012

Directed by Benjamín Ávila

In Spanish with 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.

Ixcanul (Volcano) (100 minutes)

Ixcanul (Volcano) (100 minutes)

Viewer discretion advised; not recommended for minors.

91 min.

Guatemala, 2015

Directed by Jayro Bustamante 

In Maya and Spanish with English subtitles

Volcano 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…

La delgada línea amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) (95 minutes)

La delgada línea amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) (95 minutes)

Appropriate for viewers age 13 and over.

95 min.

Mexico, 2015

Directed by Celso R. García

In Spanish with 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.

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