Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo

Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo, a 2017 official selection.

International, Narrative / Cuba, Nicaragua / 2016 / Drama, Society, Women In Film, Youth / 75 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / West Coast Premiere Premiere


Patricia Ramos shows us what it’s like to dream from the rooftops in Cuba.

Three young friends, Yasmani, Vito and Anita, gather on a roof in Havana every day in the midst of boredom decide to set up their own business in this heart-warming drama. The cost of this dream, ultimately, will lead them to personal maturity and certain happiness.


En el centro de La Habana, sobre una azotea, tres jóvenes amigos -Yasmani, Vito y Anita, se reúnen día a día para contarse historias y sueños, tratando de que el tiempo pase sin notarse. En medio del aburrimiento, sin apenas recursos y soñando con la prosperidad, deciden armar un negocio propio. El precio de este sueño los conducirá finalmente a la madurez personal, no exenta de cierta felicidad.

Director’s Bio

Patricia Ramos has a Bachelor in Spanish Studies from the Havana University and a Bachelor in Screenwriting from the International School of Cinema and TV, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). She has facilitated scriptwriting workshop in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica and Venezuela. In 2009 she directed the documentary Ampáramefrom the TV series History of Cuban Music. She has directed two short films, The Courtyard of my Home (2007) and Nana (2004).


Director Maru Buendia-Senties and Windows

Director Maru Buendia-Senties and 2017 official selection Windows.


When artificial comes into our lives, does it make our experiences better or are we living in a bubble of self constructed realities? In Windows two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.

Director’s Bio

Award winning Mexican writer/director, Maru Buendia-Senties, graduated with an MFA from UT-Austin in Film Production. She worked for three years in the Visual Effects Department for Director Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios and currently works at Mirada Studios.

Over the years, Maru, has premiered five award-winning films, directed Mexican Ariel winning actors, received the Visionary Award by the Sor Juana Festival: A tribute to Mexican Women and the Cary Grant Film Award by The Princess Grace Foundation. Her latest sci-fi short, Windows, has been chosen as one of four projects of NALIP: Latino Lens Narrative Short Incubator program 2016. She was also been honored to attend this year’s Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy.

Living on the Mexican/American border exposed Maru to two different cultures that created a desire to share that unique perspective through her storytelling. As a female Mexican filmmaker, Maru sees a great opportunity in utilizing genre films to explore our deepest fears, push boundaries and challenge the audience by approaching universal themes like identity, belonging, and solitude.


Windows Credits

Writers: Maru Buendia-Senties, Glenn Eanes
Producer: Michele K. Borheim
Cast: Gabriela Ostos, Krista Vendy, Rich Paul


Susana Matos and No hay Sistema

Susana Matos and No hay Sistema, a 2017 RoxCine official selection.

In collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Rincon International Film Festival, RoxCine presented a special program of Puerto Rican short films. All proceeds went to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, via donation to Alianza Somos Una Voz / We Are One Voice.

Two Susana Matos short films were selected for the lineup.

No hay Sistema, a 7 min. comedy short film written and directed by Susana Matos Allongo. Winner of Best Comedy, Audience’s Choice, Spirit of Puerto Rico at the Rincon International Film Festival. Produced by: Javier Colon Rios

And Por Feo, a 7 min comedy about the ugliest brother in the family who at last finds someone to confront for his perceived ugliness.

Other shorts from the benefit were as follows.

Volcados – 8 min. (Animation) by Paola Melendez Roca
“A Puerto Rican animation about a Chupacabra’s relentless attempts at making a friend.
Teorias de la Cigüeña – 13 min. (Drama) by Javier Enrique Perez

Luna Vieja – 11 min. (Drama – TIFF) by Raisa Bonnet
Miedo a las Aturas – 4 min. (Comedy) by H.J. Leonard
Así de grandes son las ideas – 5 min. (Animation) by José Enrique Rivera
La Carta – 7 min. (Drama) by Angel Soto
Chula – 17 min. (Action Adventure) by Victoria E. Soberal

A Co-Presentation by Cine+ Mas SF Latino Film Festival and RoxCine at the Roxie in SF.

La Yuma- Nicaraguan film- Screening March 11 4pm in SF

Paseo Artistico returns in full force to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District with a Saturday full of FREE arts and culture programming for the entire family! This month we strive to stand in solidarity with Women’s History Month and engage the Mission District community with local artists, activists, musicians, and creators. We hope you can join us!

Cine+Mas SF will screen LA YUMA by Florence Jauguey. It was the opening night film for the 2010 edition of the SF Latino Film Festival and the audience choice winner.

What: LA YUMA, film screening, free
When: Saturday March 11 4pm
Where: Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Yuma – Trailer with English Subtitles.

Check out the full schedule below:

Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street
11am – 12 pm
Bilingual guided mural tour focusing on women muralists and history of women artists in La Misión.

Alley CatBooks, 3036 24th Street
11am – 1pm
“Signs of the Times” – We invite the community to create signs and posters in support of equality for all. Inspiration & materials provided.

Juan R. Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina, 2958 24th Street
Silkscreen printmaking workshop. A workshop designed for and by women. Instructed by: Lisa Marie Castellanos.

Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission, 24th Street BART Plaza
Taiko dance performance with Grrl Brigade

Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 3036 24th St.
4-6 pm
La Yuma (2009). The story of a strong-willed girl from the poor neighborhood of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.

Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street
7-9 pm
Live musical performances by: Miss Moist, Tristan Puig, Staring Back, and Bobey

Crowd-Funding Film Project: Prodigal Daughter

After nearly two decades disconnected- by choice- from her family and from her homeland, Prodigal Daughter Mabel Valdiviezo gets her American visa to reconnect with her family in Peru only to learn that the family barely survived the Fujimori regime. Moreover, there’s a secret of her own that she’s compelled to reveal.

Once face to face with her aging parents and now grown siblings, expectations come down clashing on both sides threatening an already fragile bond. Her family recriminates Mabel for her absence and candidly recount how they struggled to survive both terrorism and the dictatorship.

In a desperate attempt to seek a better life just like Mabel did, her brothers immigrated to Japan only to be deported right back. Her father had a bigamous marriage to a Japanese woman for a visa and her mother almost committed suicide over a mounting debt to a loan shark. They view Mabel as the lucky one, yet she still has to tell them how immigration brought her more sorrow than happiness.

Negotiating between their withheld affection and requests of financial help and visa sponsorship, Mabel gathers courage to tell her secret and put their demands into perspective. Now, she must find a way to regain their love and respect or risk being shunned and disowned. Prodigal Daughter explores the complex relationship between parents and children when geography and mismatched expectations sets them apart.


Sneak Peak of Titles- 2011 Official Selection

We’re excited to announce a partial list of films selected for this year’s festival:

Feature Length

Capsulas by Veronica Riedel-2011  Guatemala

The Chileans’ Building by Macarena Aguilo- 2010 Chile

Film still of "Following the Stars" / "Siguiendo Las Estrellas"

Following the Stars by Iris Dirse – 2011 Ecuador/Panama

Hell by Luis Estrada- 2010 Mexico

Santiago byFelix Martiz- 2011 USA

Seguir Siendo: Café Tacuva by Ernesto Contreras and Jose Manuel Cravioto- 2010 Mexico

Soulbound by Caio Sóh- 2011 Brazil


La Bicicleta Vieja by Claudia A. Escobar- 2011 USA

Defender by Aitor Miguel- 2011 Colombia/Spain

Mistura: The Power of Food by Patricia Perez- 2011 Peru

Image from film- Photo of Angie

Film still: Photo of Angie

Photos of Angie by Alan Dominguez- 2011 USA

Three Drop of Water by Jose Alfaro & Marco Castro-Bojorquez -2011 USA