Documentary Films

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All films shown in original language with subtitles in English.

Craving Cuba
Directors –  Zuzy Martin Lynch & Rick Lynch / Writer – Zuzy Martin Lynch
USA/Cuba/ 2016 / 65 min/ Documentary – Identity, Society, Women in Film
For tickets on Sept 17 1:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 25 3:00 PM at Artists’ Television Access

Craving Cuba is a documentary film about Cuban-Americans and their complicated relationship with Cuba. This is a story about identity, family, exile and hope. Follow the journey of a Cuban-American woman who was born in New Jersey to Cuban-exiles and has never been to Cuba. Although she has always felt very American, there was always a strong pull to the other half of her identity. Like most in the exiled community, she grew up not being able to go to Cuba. After the December 17th announcement by President Barack Obama, everything changes.

Fidelandia: Behind the Curtain of Cuba’s Revolution
Director/Writer – Isaias Castañeda
USA/Cuba/ 77 min/ Documentary – World Affairs 
For tickets on Sept 19 7:00 PM at Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts

When Cuba’s former dictator “Fulgencio Batista” was overthrown from power by Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries in the late 1950’s, Cubans were promised a better Cuba. They were promised the opportunity to rise to a higher standard of living, but according to many struggling to survive, Fidel Castro failed to deliver his promise, delivering instead a growing stagnation of an aging economy. Fidelandia takes a look at the country’s current culture post-Fidel’s fifty-year reign. The film explores how the youth deals with the influence of Western culture impacting the country by way of tourism, prostitution, and the use of illegal Internet and television.

In the Game
Director/Writer – Maria Finitzo
USA/ 2015/ 77 min/ Documentary – Society, Youth, Women-In-Film
For tickets on Sept 28 6:30 PM at Salvation Army (1156 Valencia)

In the Game – Official Trailer (2015 Documentary) from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.

In the Game is a documentary feature film directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo and produced by Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams). In the Game follows the ups and downs of a girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. Set at an inner city high school in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, the girls face an uneven playing field – or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School, no soccer field at all – little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination, and poverty. Thanks to their teammates and the dedicated mentoring of their coach, however, the girls never give up hope in their quest for attending college and, most importantly, success in life.

Indivisible
Director/Writer – Hilary Linder
USA/Brazil/Mexico/Colombia/ 78 min/ Documentary
For tickets on Sept 18 5:00 PM at Artists’ Television Access

There are real people  at the heart of our nation’s immigration debate. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their mothers, fathers, and siblings were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. Frustrated with the stalled legislative process, the trio take matters into their own hands and petition for a special waiver that would allow them to leave the U.S to visit their families—and legally return. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, the three do not know if their trips are a once in a lifetime experience, or the beginning of true family reunification.

The Football Boys Los Pibes
Director/Writer – Jorge Leandro Colas
Argentina/ 82 min/ Documentary – Sports, Youth
For tickets on Sept 18 1:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The talent scouts for Boca Juniors football team tour the lesser-known clubs and football fields to discover the future stars of Argentine football. The film depicts the year long task of this experienced and peculiar team of recruiters who, with a sharp eye and street smarts, try out over 40,000 boys, looking for the dribblers, the daring, and those who stand out from the crowd.
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García, Maddoni, Mazzilli y los ex jugadores Perotti y Madurga conforman el grupo de cazadores de talento futbolístico del Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Ellos recorren las ligas menores, las canchas de baby fútbol y los partidos amateurs observando a más de 40.000 chicos al año. Cada prueba de jugadores es una nueva ilusión. Una ilusión para los niños por jugar en el club que aman. Una ilusión para los padres por salvar una situación económica a veces difícil. Pero es también una gran ilusión para este particular grupo de seleccionadores, por encontrar a los que gambetean, a los atrevidos, a los distintos.

Mirar Morir
Director/Writer – Coizta Grecko B
Mexico/ 2015/ 100 min/ Documentary – Political
For tickets on Sept 26 7:00 PM at Little Roxie

The 27th Infantry Batallion and other federal forces surveilled every movement of the Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, in the journey of September 26 and 27, 2014. They calmly watched them die. And be detained and taken to disappearance. All along this year, the Army has withheld the informations it keeps, unhelpful to rescue the students or clarify their fate. This is not inusual: as a repression tool against social movements and as an accomplice to criminal gangs, the military in Guerrero has watched and perpetrated disappearances, murders, torture and masaccres, for the half-century it’s dominated local life, linked in business to caciques and druglords. The tragic night of Iguala was the consequence of a general state of violence and impunity in which the cover-up manouvers reach Mexico’s highest levels of government, and in which the Republic’s General Attorney’s office is not looking for justice, but to mislead society.
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El 27º Batallón de Infantería y otras fuerzas federales vigilaron cada movimiento de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa en Iguala, en la jornada del 26-27 de septiembre del 2014. Los miraron morir tranquilamente. Y ser detenidos y llevados rumbo a la desaparición. A lo largo de un año, el Ejército ha retenido las informaciones que posee, sin ayudar a rescatar a los normalistas o aclarar su destino. No es algo inusual: como instrumentos de represión contra movimientos sociales y como cómplices de grupos criminales, los militares en Guerrero han mirado y perpetrado desapariciones, asesinatos, torturas y matanzas a lo largo de medio siglo en que ha dominado la vida local, vinculados en negocios con caciques políticos y jefes del narco. La trágica noche de Iguala fue la consecuencia de un estado general de violencia e impunidad en el que las maniobras de encubrimiento alcanzan los niveles de gobierno más altos del país, y en el que la Procuraduría General de la República no sirve para buscar justicia, sino para engañar a la sociedad.

The Man Who Saw Too Much
Director/Writer – Trisha Ziff
Mexico/USA/ 2016/ 88 min/ Documentary – Society, Women In Film
For tickets on Sept 28 7:00 PM at Little Roxie

The Man Who Saw Too Much is a film about fragility; about a man obsessed with photographing the accident who discovered that the fate of others was his way of connecting to life. What is it about these photographs? When the image of the accident becomes the object of desire? Through the footsteps of Metinides and the work of the contemporary tabloid photographers we discover Mexico City through a narrative of crime scenes and accidents, while we are confronted by our own fascination with death, morbidity, rubbernecking through Metinides’ gaze.
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El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado trata de la fragilidad; de un hombre obsesionado con fotografiar el accidente y quien descubrió que el destino de otros era su manera de conectarse con la vida. ¿Qué hay acerca de estas fotos? ¿Cuándo la imagen del accidente se convierte en el objeto del deseo?. A través de los pasos de Metinides y la obra de fotógrafos contemporáneos de nota roja descubrimos a la Ciudad de México en una narrativa de accidentes y escenas de crimen, haciendo frente a nuestra propia fascinación con la muerte, con lo morboso; todos somos mirones a través de la mirada de Metinides.

The River that Flows Through Us El Río que Nos Atraviesa
Director –  Manuela Blanco / Writers – Manuela Blanco, Enmanuel Chavez
Venezuela/ 2013 / Documentary- Environment, Indigenous, Women In Film
For tickets on Sept 21 7:00 PM at Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts

The river that flows through us is a self reflexive documentary in which I look forward to registering and questioning a reality that will be transformed by oil exploitation. In a place where since ancestral times life has been generated: The Orinoco River. This produces a conflict whithin me when I think of all the benefits that The Orinoco Magna Reserve Project would bring to Venezuela as a growing country, but is it really worth it to contaminate this river that has given us so many things, that is a reservoir of the ageless memories of our indigenous people?
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El río que nos atraviesa es un road movie al Orinoco, lugar donde yo nací, hábitat de pueblos indígenas milenarios, el tercer río mas grande de Latinoamérica, reserva de flora y fauna, en la actualidad foco de atención a nivel mundial debido a su faja petrolera con un área aproximada de 55.314 Km2. En lo particular me resulta contradictorio todos los beneficios que se obtendrán del Proyecto Orinoco Magna Reserva, vs. lo que existe en la actualidad en este río atraviesa el país de punta a punta. Todo cambiará desde las relaciones humanas, ambientales y el paisaje. Por eso el río que nos atraviesa es un viaje al contexto de esta reserva petrolera, a la última imagen del Orinoco antes de que sea intervenido por el hombre en gran escala.

Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage
Director/Writer – Chelo Alvarez-Stehle
Spain/USA/ 86 min/ Documentary

A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking from Asia to the Americas leads world-reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of sex-trafficking survivor Virginia Isaias—a Mexican American woman whose past is engulfed in a cycle of sexual exploitation—into a resilient survivor committed to break that pattern, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection as she sets out to shatter the silence about abuse in her own life.

We Were Not There To Make Friends Nao Estavamos ali Para Fazer Amigos
Directors/Writers – Migel De Almeida, Luiz Cabral
Brazil/ 2015/ 70 min/ Documentary

Não Estávamos Ali Para Fazer Amigos – Trailler from Plateau Produções on Vimeo.

Os anos finais da ditadura civil-militar brasileira (1964-85) e a cultura urbana manifestada por um inovador conceito de jornalismo cultural nas páginas do caderno “Ilustrada”. Do último ditador, passando pela movimentação das Diretas-Já, a eleição de Tancredo Neves, sua morte e a posse de José Sarney – e, entre seus primeiros atos, a censura à exibição de Eu Vos Saúdo, Maria, de Jean-Luc Godard. Período em que brotam de garagens, de bairros perdidos das cidades, de pequenos ateliês grupos de rock, artistas renovadores, artistas visuais e grupos teatrais.