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2019 Film Schedule

2019 United Latino Screening Schedule
Presented by The Indie Gathering International Film Festival

Films are from the US, Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Paraguay.

Most films are in Spanish and subtitled in English.
Some are English-language but focus on Hispanic and/or Latino subjects.

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Screening Room B

"Spill: The Worst Environmental Disaster in the History Of Mexico"
Feature Documentary

A million people being poisoned in slow motion.


Student Film Block

-Alonzo: Alonzo is a story about a Latino boy who goes in search of his immigrant mother after she purposely abandons him at a playground.

-Breaking the I.C.E.: When an ICE officer on the hunt, seriously hurt in her front yard, a beautiful undocumented immigrant puts her safety on the line to come to his aid.

-Deguello: Three soldiers share a moment in war-torn Germany in 1945.

-Mandatory Minimum: When six year old Isabella is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer requiring an immediate and expensive transplant surgery, her father Carlos puts his life on the line to do whatever it takes to save her.

"No News"
Narrative Feature

Lola lives alone with her son, Jorge, near to an industrial estate in Madrid. She works a lot of hours for a stingy and strict boss in a storage company. One night, Jorge confesses to her mother that he has begun to keep in touch with his father, Marcos, who abandoned them a long time ago...


Short Film Block

-The 17: Based on a true story, a young and very pregnant Salvadorian woman finds herself handcuffed to a hospital bed after losing her child to miscarriage.

-La Venganza, Trailer: On a night like any other, a group of people are executing something. What seems to be a mafia plot to kidnap an man, is then revealed as the execution of a well-designed plan for revenge, and among all the darkness there may be, the only thing that is clear is that this "innocent man" shouldn't messed with the greatest treasure of a well connected father.

-Map to the Stars: After the loss of her mother, a little girl arrives at an orphanage. Outside, the greatest discovery awaits her.

-Me 3.769: A Pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.

-Nowhere Bastards: Tells the story of three Mexican rappers in their journey as independent artists and explores the harsh life conditions and cultural baggage that have led them to find a catharsis in hip-hop and a way to represent their communities.

"Tais & Taiane" Narrative Feature

Mature. And there, in a lost road, in the middle of that nothingness to one side and nothing to the other, Tais and Taiane are forced to live in the harsh, hitch-hiking environment. While Tais knows exactly what she wants , Taiane just wants to survive. But until both find their destinations, they will live out an unforgettable adventure for three days.

Screening Room C

"Bolivar's Heart"
Narrative Feature


"I Am Arbesu" Documentary Short

In 1962 as Fidel Castro embraced Communism, a Cuban ambassador, his wife and three young daughters sought political asylum in Canada. Eleven years in the making, "I AM ARBESU" by filmmaker Christiane Arbesu takes the viewer on an unprecedented journey. In true cinema verite style, we see the reunion of a family through the eyes of the youngest daughter of a former diplomat who defected from the country that anointed him ambassador. Half a century later, when President Obama opened relations with Cuba, Christiane was finally allowed to make that once-forbidden trek to discover the family and country she never knew. What she found will break your heart and lift your spirits in equal measure.


Short Film Block

-Cotard: A boxer falls into a dark abyss after accidentally killing his opponent in the ring.

-D Train: Alberto, a musician who visits the City of New York, meets Lucinda on the subway. They sympathize and she gives him her contact number. He forgets the last digit and creates several combinations to find her.

-It Comes from the Heavens, trailer:
In a place where the eyes of God were the only witnesses. Angel a ten year old boy lives with his pregnant mother, his stepfather and grandfather, alone and surrounded by pigs.

-Mama: After years of widowhood, Maria returns to rebuild the lives of her and her daughter. But what looks like a fairy tale will end up being a nightmare.

-Without Shame: As the debate for illegal immigration reform continues, Carlos, an illegal immigrant, and Emilio, a wounded drug runner, discuss the legitimacy of their actions somewhere in the hot Arizona desert.

"Spirit of the Hive"
Documentary Short

A small community lives in the village of Duva-Yoo, in the middle of Mexican mountains of Oaxaca. Its population growth is fast and immigration, self-evidently illegal, where a part of its inhabitants who are attracted to the American dream plays an important but sneaky role in its development, by building the village on one side and destroying it on the other. Some inhabitants want to free themselves from this dependence and protect their traditional way of life. In turn, they must focus their efforts on the development of a local economy, in search of a long-term viable solution.

"Theatre of Rice & Beans"
Documentary Feature

Theatre of Rice and Beans tells a previously untold story, about a vital piece of both New York and U.S. theatre history. More than half a century ago, scoring a many-faceted victory against racism, stereotyping, sexism, and the economic odds, René Buch, Miriam Colón and Max Ferra founded what are still New York City’s three most influential Latino playhouses: Repertorio Español, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and INTAR. From then on, these pioneers provided theatrical voice for many facets of Latinx experience, and crucial room to grow for generations of Latinx theatre professionals, including some very familiar names.

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Screening Room C

"All Roads" Documentary Feature

A story of friendship, childhood, and the rare disease of Rett Syndrome. Famous Spanish comic actor Dani Rovira and his three friends travel by bicycle from San Juan de Dios in Barcelona to the Vatican in Rome, hoping Pope Francis will receive them and make their social cause visible.

"The Last Harvest: You Can't Grow Without Change"
Documentary Short

The Last Harvest offers a rare glimpse into the hopes, hardships, and uncertain futures of three family growers. Harvesters face a harsh reality of tightened immigration control and inefficient guest worker programs that prevent growers from finding a workforce to pick their fields. These problems threaten our availability of fresh food and our vibrant and thriving agricultural community.

"Coyote Lake"
Narrative Feature

Ester and her overbearing mother run a small bed-and-breakfast near the US/Mexico border. One night, two unwanted guests arrive, threatening the safety of everyone. But the two women are hiding a secret, one that may prove the most dangerous of all.

"Eliades Ochoa from Cuba to the World"
Documentary Feature

Poor country musician playing on the streets of Eastern Cuba and striving to meet the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music around the world and finds success as a original member of the famous Buena Vista Social Club.

United Latino will be held in conjunction with The Indie Gathering International Film Festival (Aug 8-11). For more on The Indie Gathering, visit www.TheIndieGathering.com.

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