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The Latino/Latina Film Festival Series

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Welcome . . . bienvenidos to the Latino/Latina Film Series at Sierra College!

Since 2014, the annual Film Series introduces audiences to the power of film as both an art form and an opportunity to learn about the diversity of themes and genres within the *Latino community.

Whether it is focused in Realism, Classicism, or Formalism – from documentary to fiction to the avant-garde – films offer valuable points-of-view and, in the tech-driven 21st century, greater accessibility to those points-of-view. The Latino/Latina Film Series offers viewers an opportunity to understand, evaluate, and see their own story in the films of others.

Enjoy . . . disfruta!

* Denotes the beauty and overarching diversity within the wider Latino community; for example,   Chicana, Chicano, Chican@, Hispana, Hispanic, Hispano, Indo-Hispano, Latina, Latino, Latin@, Latin, Latinx, Xicana, Xicano, etc.

Spring Semester 2018

Sleep Dealer (USA, 2008)

Director: Alex Rivera
Genre: Drama/Science Fiction
Rating: PG-13 (1hr 30min)

A fortified wall has ended unauthorized Mexico-US immigration, but migrant workers are replaced by robots, remotely controlled by the same class of would-be emigrants. Their life force is inevitably used up, and they are discarded without medical compensation.

Location: D-12
Wednesday, March 7

El Traspatio/Backyard (México, 2009)

Director: Carlos Carrera
Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rating: No Rating (2hr 2min)

An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories.

Location: W-110
Monday, March 19

La Mission (USA, 2009)

Director: Peter Bratt
Genre: Drama
Rating: R
(1 hour 57 minutes)

Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Che Rivera has always had to be tough to survive. He is a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful Lowrider cars. Che kicks his beloved son, Jesse, out of the house after discovering that he has been living a secret life. There's no one in the world that Che loves more than his son, but both father and son are about to discover that love isn't exactly unconditional.

Location: Cross Cultural Center, Room K-1
Tuesday, March 20

Real Women Have Curves (USA, 2002)

Director: Patricia Cardoso
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Rating: PG-13
(1hr 30min)

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her traditional parents feel that now is the time to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Trying to respect her mother’s expectations, Ana finds her place proudly in the world as an American and Chicana.

Location: D-12
Wednesday, March 21

Waste Land (Brazil, 2010)

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley and João Jardim
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated (1hr 39min)

WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vic Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil and the world’s largest waste area, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “ catadores” – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to paint the catadores. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters reveal both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives and the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary.

Location: Cross Cultural Center, Room K-1
Thursday, March 22

My American Girls: A Dominican Story (USA, 2001)

Director: Aaron Matthews
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
(63 minutes)

My American Girls: A Dominican Story captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews' film captures the rewards — and costs — of pursuing the American dream. From hard-working parents, who imagine retiring to their rural homeland, to fast-tracking American-born daughters, caught between their parent's values and their own, the film encompasses the contradictions of contemporary immigrant life. Winner of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, 2001, New York Latino Film Festival, 2001, and Best Documentary, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 2001.

Location: Cross Cultural Center, Room K-1
Tuesday, April 3

Hecho en México (USA, 2012)

Director: Duncan Bridgeman
Genre: Documentary/History/Music
Rating: R (1hr 20min)

The film showcases the richness of Mexican music both young and old, from traditional music to pop rock and rap blended with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern day "Mexicanity", which resonates globally. Duncan Bridgeman (1 Giant Leap, What About Me?) weaves a beautiful and rhythmic cinematic tapestry composed of original songs, conversations, reflections, wisdom and humor featuring many of the greatest performers and sharpest minds of Mexico today. A documentary on some of contemporary Mexico's most iconic artists and performers.

Location: D-12
Wednesday, May 2

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