This is the Official Selection of Documentaries.
You can download the schedule here: http://bit.ly/2o12Schedule. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.
Vote for your favorite DOCUMENTARY film by texting the number of the film to 64631.
117 Justice for My Sister
118 Looking for Larisa
122 Ninos de La Memoria/Children of Memory
138 Unfinished Spaces
139 Voices of Chile
Spain 2011 90 min
Dir. Asier Altuna
Bertsolari is a Basque oral tradition that is a blend of poetry, improvisation, and song. Amateur bertsolaris can be heard at parties and bars, but the best of the best compete in a championship where 14,000 people gather to watch their art take shape. The tradition is an essential part of Basque culture and its poetry is mimicked in the rugged landscapes and poignant symbolism of Asier Altuna’s cinematography.
*Shown with short, Bombing Arizona
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://bpt.me/266308
USA 2011 56 min
Dir. Dino Dinco
To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang. What’s that like? This documentary takes a close look at the lives of several former gang members from the Los Angeles area as they journey down the path of self-realization and self-acceptance in a world that seemingly at odds with a gay identity.
*Shown with short: Fallen Comrade
Sept 16 7:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://homeboy.brownpapertickets.com
Justice for My Sister
USA/Guatemala 2012 69 min
Dir. Kimberly Bautista
6,000 women have been murdered in the last decade in Guatemala. Only 2% of those killers have been sentenced. Rebecca is determined to make sure her sister’s killer serves time.
Looking for Larisa/ Buscando a Larisa
Mexico 2012 79 min
Dir. Andrés Pardo Piccone
Imagine rummaging through a flea market and coming across someone’s family pictures and films. Who would get rid of such meaningful mementos and why? After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop, the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little blond girl in the pictures and films. This chance encounter with a family’s belongings becomes a captivating human study of memory and media.
Sept 15 7:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa.bpt.me
Sept 17 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center,
Niños de la Memoria/ Children of Memory
USA 2012 64 min
Dir. María Teresa Rodríguez
During the Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s, hundreds of children disappeared. Many were survivors of massacres, taken by U.S.-trained soldiers of the Salvadoran Army and permanently separated from their communities and identities. Now, a human rights organization called Pro-Búsqueda is helping to reunite these children with their families. This documentary follows survivors of the war to the present, revealing a heartbreaking search to reclaim former bonds and identities in a country slowly healing itself from the scars of war.
*Shown with short: Each Time I Remember I Forget
Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza – Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 23 1:15PM Mission Cultural Center – Tickets: http://memory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 28 7PM Eastside Cultural Arts Center- No ticket required
USA/Mexico 2012 72 min
Dir. Bernardo Ruiz
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the journalist. More than 40 members of the media have been slain or have vanished since Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón came to power in 2006 and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. Will the free press be silenced?
*Shown with short, The Crocodile
Chile/Peru/France 2012 94 min
I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my aunt Sibila was in prison accused of forming part of the Shining Path. I was seven years old and my parent’s protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was kept in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand. Sibila is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past. It is also an encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.
Sept 16 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://sibila.brownpapertickets.com
USA 2011 96 min
Dir. Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art.
Sept 19 7:30PM Galeria de La Raza, Tickets: http://unfinishedspaces.bpt.me
Voices of Chile
Chile/USA 2011 62 min
Dir. Cyrus Omoomian
Observes the challenges of achieving democracy after a dictatorship has collapsed. Corporations, Media and Education are candidly discussed through stories and facts.
From the peaks of the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chileans candidly address key issues relevant to other nations who are seeking democracy.
*Shown with short, The Volcano.