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Beneath the Blindfold A film by Ines Sommer, Kathy Berger

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201255 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beautiful Sin A film by Gabriela Quirós

Costa Rica/USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201355 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Heli A film by Amat Escalante

Mexico/Germany/Netherlands/France, Political Drama, 2013105 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 9:45PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Germán, últimas viñetas / German, Last Vignettes A film by Cristian Bernard

Argentina, Biography/Comedy/Drama, 2013131 min, Full HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 9:15PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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Disruption A film by Pamela Yates

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201484 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, Portuguese, English, Quechua with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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O Menino e o Mundo / The Boy and the World A film by Alê Abreu

Brazil, Animation/Drama/Fantasy, 201380 min, Digital, ColorNo dialogue

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Bobô A film by Inês Oliveira

Portugal, Drama/Family Drama, 201380 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 4PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 11:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201283 min, DVCAM, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Roque Dalton, ¡fusilemos la noche! / Roque Dalton, Let's Shoot the Night! A film by Tina Leisch

Austria/El Salvador/Cuba, Biography/Human Rights Documentary/Poetry, 201387 min, DVCPro, ColorSpanish, French, English with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

El cuarto desnudo / The Naked Room A film by Nuria Ibáñez

Mexico, Testimonial Documentary, 201370 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

El cañaveral / The Sugarcane A film by Samuel Lopez

Canada/El Salvador, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201358 min, MiniDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Diplomacia secreta / Secret Diplomacy A film by Tomi Brotherus

Chile/Finland/Germany, Historical/Biographical Documentary, 201369 min HD, Color/Black & WhiteFinnish, German, Spanish, Swedish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 4PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

Canada, Social Activism/Artist Documentary, 201216 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

In Manitoba, over the past 2 decades, 75 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered. This documentary contrasts the concepts implicit in the targeted violence towards Aboriginal women - that they are faceless/voiceless/lifeless - against the courage and tenacity of Aboriginal women who raise their voices against violence and systemic failings, as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and warriors. The film also profiles the art installation "The REDress Project," by Metis artist Jaime Black, which was an aesthetic response to the 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, with the aim of drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women.

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

   
  The Language of Love

Marie Clements

Canada, Testimonial Documentary, 201211 min, DVD, ColorEnglish

 

In this deeply moving and raw performance, artist and activist Stephen Lytton poetically recounts the 13 years he endured in one of Canada's residential schools. Through a life of challenges - including physical disability - Lytton's story embodies the strength and perseverance of residential school survivors.

 

Regional Premierewww.froggirlfilms.com 

Print Source: Michelle St. John - Frog Girl Films, michelle@froggirlfilms.com

 

 

 

 

   
Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Bolivia, Music/Human Rights Documentary, 201221 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary reveals how the elders and ancestors of the people of a small Bolivian community worked under a form of slavery that persisted until the 1950s. Community members still perform dances rooted in their African cultural heritage. The dance troupe performs in the plaza of a nearby tourist town before an audience of local indigenous people, rich weekenders from the Bolivian capital, and international tourists. The film highlights the dilemmas of cultural survival and emergence for an endangered subculture in an era of globalization.

 

World Premierewww.landlockedfilms.com

Print Source: Beret E. Strong - Landlocked Films, beret@landlockedfilms.com

 

 

 

  Interstate

Camille Stochitch

USA, Drama/Social Issue, 201320 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Joaquin is a driving instructor who has been living and working in East Los Angeles for years. On the side, he also teaches illegal immigrants how to drive. Yet, one day, after a driving lesson with Nayeli, a new student whose dreams particularly catch Joaquin's attention, Vazquez, a HSI agent who has been on his trail for some time, shows up at Joaquin's door. He must help Vazquez arrest Lalo during their next drop-off, or else he will be locked away for good. Joaquin must decide whether to save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping, including Nayeli, whom he cares about more than he thought he would. This AFI thesis film has screened in Latino festivals around the country, including the San Diego and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.

 

Texas Premierewww.interstatethefilm.com 

Print Source: Camille Stochitch, stochitch.camille@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24 - 1:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature film RINCON DE DARWINBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 9:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

Screens before the feature film RINCON DE DARWINBuy Tickets

 

  

  Padre Father

Santiago 'Bou' Grasso

Argentina/France, Animation/Historical/Drama, 201312 min, Digital, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Day by day, a woman nurses her bedridden military father. The dictatorship in Argentina may be over, but not for this army daughter, who is lost to the world. PADRE has won numerous awards, was nominated for Best Argentine Short in 2013 at the Cóndor de Plata Awards, and has been selected to screen at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

 

Regional Premierewww.opusbou.com.ar 

Print Source: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso, info@opusbou.com.ar

Wednesday, April 23 - 4:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmO MENINO E O MUNDOBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 1:30PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmO MENINO E O MUNDOBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Ghosts on the Mountain

Jared Jakins, Carly Jakins

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201326 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

GHOSTS ON THE MOUNTAIN examines the isolated lifestyle of H2A guest workers in the American West. The film's subjects leave their families and native lands to work in the United States on H2A work visas, or no visas at all. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, these workers find themselves in solitude and loneliness. This isolation is heightened by language barriers and the remoteness of these sheep pasture lands.

 

World Premierewww.ghostsonthemountain.com

Print Source: Kelyn Ikegami, kelyn.ikegami@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryAMANCIO WILLIAMSFree Screening

 

 

 
  Godka Cirka A Hole in the Sky

Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi

Spain/USA, Youth/Human Rights/Documentary, 201410 min, DVCPro, ColorSomalian with English subtitles

 

Beerato: a small, little-known area with wide open expanses in wind swept Somaliland. Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky. She thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come. GODKA CIRCA has had the privilege to be a part of the 2014 Sundance Official Selection and also screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2013.

 

Texas Premierewww.aholeinthesky.org , www.alexlora.es 

Print Source: Eduardo M. Escribano, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryTHE VISITFree Screening

 

 

 
  Nadie especial Nobody Special

Juan Alejandro Ramírez

Peru, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201323 min, 16mm, ColorQuechua with English subtitles

 

A woman fights a losing battle: one can't be poor and still want to stay among the familiar, the everyday, where one was born and raised. She can only observe, with a mix of confusion and rage, how her community is becoming deserted and sad – its children displaced to far off, ugly places. NADIE ESPECIAL is about any place where the cards seem to be forever stacked against the powerless. But with great lyricism, it also shows the resolve of some individuals to challenge their fate and restore their dignity, even if that decision furthers their isolation as they are pushed toward a last frontier. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner at the 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival and has screened at prestigious festivals world wide. 

 

Regional Premierewww.otrotono.com  

Print Source: Juan Alejandro Ramirez, ramirez@otrotono.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryBENEATH THE BLINDFOLDFree Screening

 

 

 
  Snare

Lisa Jackson

Canada, Experimental, 2013  4 min, HD Video, ColorNo dialogue

 

Evocative and haunting, SNARE is a stunning performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding. The original silent, 1-minute version was commissioned by the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative and premiered at imagineNATIVE 2012.

 

US Premierewww.movingimages.ca

Print Source: Moving Images Distribution, mailbox@movingimages.ca

Thursday, April 24th 9:45PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmHELI

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  Memento Mori

Daniela Wayllace

Belgium/Bolivia, Animation/Experimental, 201210 min, Digital, Color/Black & WhiteNo dialogue 

In a mourning ceremony, a photographer takes a picture of a little girl. With sorrowful faces, the mourners leave the room, leaving it surrounded by flowers. Little by little, we get closer to the girl, entering her mind and into the universe of death. MEMENTO MORI has been honored with various awards, including Best Experimental Short at the 9th annual PASTO FICBA in Colombia and Best Animation Short at the Corto Helvétivo al Femminile in 2013.

 

Regional Premierewww.danielawayllace.be

Print Source: Daniela Wayllace, steppenwolf_67@hotmail.com

Sunday, March 27th 2:15PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmMEMORIAS DE UN SOLDADOBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Femmes de ménage Cleaning Women

Fernanda Pessoa

Brazil/Portugal, Immigration/Documentary, 2013  9 min, DSLR, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

 

The French expression “femmes de ménage” can mean two things: first, housekeepers; second, the movement of women. Filmed in Spain, France, and Portugal by a Brazilian director, this is a short film about three women from different countries who have moved out of their homelands and now work as housekeepers. Originally, FEMMES DE MÉNAGE was produced as part of Borderline, a program in the San Sebastián Festival, where it had its world premiere.

Regional PremierePrint Source:  Fernanda Pessoa, fepebarros@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 3:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2 

Screens before the feature filmNENA, SALUDAME AL DIEGOBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  En la casa, la cama, y la calle At Home, in Bed and in the Streets

Elizabeth Miller

Canada/Nicaragua, Social Issue Documentary, 201336 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

EN LA CASA, LA CAMA Y LA CALLE follows a Nicaraguan women's rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets. The television drama CONTRACORRIENTE (TURNING THE TIDE) is at the center of their campaign. EN LA CASA gets behind the scenes with this visionary team who is “making television not to get to Hollywood, but to make a difference.”

 

Regional Premierewww.redlizardmedia.com/website

Print Source: Liz Miller - Red Lizard Media, casacamacalle@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentary3 HORAS PARA AMARFree Screening

 

 

 
  They Make Noise like Feathers

Alvaro Torres

USA/Costa Rica, Personal Narrative Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

THEY MAKE NOISE LIKE FEATHERS is a short documentary that presents a series of Austin characters and their desires to return home. It is an invitation to refect on a very basic human necessity: to think about the place you grew up in and the ever- fleeting possibility of returning.

 

World Premiere

 

Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201223 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

A journey through Brownsville, Texas on the fourth of July, introducing a community who have been separated from public and private property by the US/Mexican border fence. While local residents prepare for the independence day parade, picnics, and fireworks, they reflect on their frustrations with the border fence. They discuss the personal and financial repercussions of the fence on their safety, access to property, and relationship with Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

Print Source: Trish Dalton - Everlasting Light Productions, Trish@everlastinglightproductions.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
La palabra en el bosqueThe Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201156 min, DVCAM/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.

World Premiere

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldScreenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldCinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo HasbunEditor: Carlos ColoradoSound Design: Jose HuwaidiMusic: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon Print Source: Jeffrey Gould, gouldj@indiana.edu

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Nikkei

Kaori Flores Yonekura

Venezuela, Autobiographical Documentary, 201180 min, Full HD, ColorSpanish, Japanese with English subtitles

Nikkei is a documentary about the identity of the Japanese who migrated to Latin America. It is the story of the director's grandparents, their trip from Japan to Peru, the media campaign against their race, World War II and the hope for a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei recently premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.nikkeidocu.tumblr.com

Kaori Flores Yonekura's father is Venezuelan and her mother is Japanese. She was born in Mérida, Venezuela, and at age 22 graduated from the International School of Film and TV of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV). She has dedicated her work to human rights, popular culture, indigenous people and identity.

Producer: Kaori Flores YonekuraProduction Companies: AC No FilmScreenwriter: Kaori Flores YonekuraCinematographer: Kaori Flores YonekuraEditor: Eyeletmy Rodríguez, Kaori Flores YonekuraSound Design: Daniel ZahalkaMusic: Alejandro RossoPrint Source: Kaori Flores Yonekura, nofilm@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Olhe Pra Mim de NovoLook at Me Again

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Brazil, Documentary, 201179 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This documentary tells the story of a transsexual living in the northeast part of Brazil. We see him, Sillvyo Luccio, in a journey from Ceará to Paraíba looking for his daughter, Maria Tereza. Tereza does not accept her mother's sex transformation, and they live far away from one another, which is why Sillvyo has to travel for days in order to reach her. The film uses Sillvyo's own voice to tell his story, his sufferings, and his misfortunes, including his desire to have a biological family. He finds solidarity in the lives of other people who have suffered discrimination, such as transvestites and patients of a rare muscle disease. This film had its world premiere at Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente and also screened in the Berlin International Film Festival.

North American Premiere

www.lookatmeagain.wordpress.com

Claudia Priscilla is a journalist that lives in São Paulo. Claudia is the director of several short films including Parachacal, Sexo e Claustro, and Phedra. Claudia is the writer of the screenplay (together with Kiko Goifman) of the documentary, 33, and has worked as producer and designer on several audio-visual productions.Kiko Goifman, an outstanding Brazilian director, has directed the award-winning feature films, 33, Atos dos Homens, and FilmeFobia, winner of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (2008). FilmeFobia screened in competition at Cine Las Americas in 2009.

Producer: Jurandir MullerScreenwriter: Claudia PriscillaCinematographer: Pedro MarquesEditor: Pedro MarquesSound Design: Livio TragtenbergPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Para vivirTo Live

Juan A. Izaguirre

USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201110 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Joel is a young man living without documentation in Austin, Texas. Originally from Mexico, he is here to work to pay for medicine to treat his cancer--medicine he cannot afford in Mexico. The film follows Joel for a day; we are with him at a day labor center and he explains his situation, including the 35 months he spent in jail for being caught without documentation. This film forms a part of the Faces of Austin 2012 selection.

Festival Premiere

Producer: Juan A. Izaguirre

Production Companies: Izaguirre FilmsCinematographer: Juan A. IzaguirreEditor: Juan A. IzaguirreSound Design: Juan A. Izaguirre Cast: Joel Hernandez MartinezPrint Source: Juan A. Izaguirre, no_ma_am02@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

Con mi corazón en YamboWith My Heart in Yambo

María Fernanda Restrepo

Ecuador, Human Rights Documentary, 2011137 min, HDCam, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda Restrepo was 10 years old, her parents went on vacation and left her in the care of her brothers Santiago and Andres. That day, she was at a friends' party and they were supposed to pick her up; they never came. A year later, her family discovered that on that day, her brothers had been tortured and assassinated by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake, never to be found. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history. This film has reached audiences internationally, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.conmicorazonenyambo.com

María Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi graduated from the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. She received a Master's Degree in Direction of Documentaries from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and a Master's in Direction of Photography from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Currently she is the co-director of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in the making of documentaries and commercials. She has made documentaries for Ecuadorian national television.

Producer: Randi KrarupProduction Companies: Escala GrisScreenwriter: María Fernanda RestrepoCinematographer: Francoise LasoEditor: Iván MoraSound Design: Esteban BrauerMusic: Iván MoraCast: María Fernanda RestrepoPrint Source: Randi Krarup, rakrarup@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

Free

Madres 0,15 el minutoMothers, 15 Cents a Minute

Marina Seresesky

Spain, Human Rights Documentary, 201152 min, Digibeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Is it possible to be a mother at a distance? Is it possible to educate from a telephone booth? Women who travel thousands of miles to work in Spain to give a better future to their children, tell us how they live through the reality of being mothers across a telephone or a computer, making the telephone booth their second home and transforming their voices into their most valuable resource. This film has been recognized for its affirmation of women's rights, winning a Biznaga de Plata at the Festival de Málaga.

Texas Premiere

www.promofest.org/films/madres-015-el-minuto

Marina Seresesky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director of cinema and theater. Her latest short film, The cortége, has been selected in more than 200 national and international film festivals, receiving more than 50 prizes.

Producer: Teatro Meridional S.L.Production Companies: Teatro Meridional S.L.Screenwriter: Marina Seresesky, Julio SalvatierraCinematographer: Roberto FernandezEditor: Julio SalvatierraSound Design: Oscar Barros, MilciclosMusic: Mariano Marin, Chani MartinPrint Source: Marina Seresesky, info@promofest.org

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

Canada, Biographical Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Saulteaux with English subtitles

Robert Houle is an acclaimed Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) artist and activist on behalf of First Nation peoples; this film examines his life and career as an artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. As a result, he has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. His vast body of work explores what happened to the First Nation people and the way Canada has treated them throughout the years. Houle uses his experiences to teach others their heritage through Canadian indigenous artwork. This film is about not forgetting, but rather contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration. Robert's Paintings premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations Reserve. She belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist whose work has shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York and Washington, DC, and has recently exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Production Companies: Turtle Night ProductionsScreenwriter: Shelley NiroCinematographer: Richard StoreyEditor: Katharine AsalsSound Design: Steve SanguedolceMusic: Sarah DeCarlo Cast: Robert Houle, Alanis Obomsawin, Vivian Ferguson, George Miller, Steve Loft, Wanda Nanibush, Renata Gutterman, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Anderson Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

USA, Biographical Documentary, 201157 min, HDCAM/MiniDV, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish

Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota in the 1950s. The mission of these schools was still to "kill the Indian and save the man." Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain himself to his estranged children. The film tells the story of how Walter confronted the "thick dark fog" of his past so that he could renew himself and his community. The Thick Dark Fog had its world premiere at the American Indian Institute Film Festival.

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

Randy Vasquez grew up on the beaches of southern California and in the mountains of North Carolina. His first feature documentary, Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, was filmed in El Salvador and screened at Cine Las Americas in 2002. When Walter Littlemoon saw it, he decided to collaborate with Randy on this film, The Thick Dark Fog. Randy has been fortunate enough to eke out a living over the last 30 years as an actor; recently he appeared in Beto Gomez' Mexican hit film Saving Private Perez in 2011. On the 29 year installment plan, he finally graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in American Indian Studies last June.

Producer: Jonathan SkurnikProduction Companies: High Valley ProductionsCinematographer: Kahlil HudsonEditor: Paul FreedmanMusic: Kathryn BosticPrint Source: Randy Vasquez - High Valley Productions, rjv98@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours

Mauricio Arango

Colombia/USA, Surrealist Human Rights Drama, 201016 min, HDCAM, ColorNo dialogue

A young man living in the Colombian countryside wakes up in the middle of the night. With some difficulty he gets up, dresses, and ventures outside. As he walks, nature's presence is felt in a heightened way: animal noises, trees swaying in the wind, and an impenetrable darkness overtake his path. After reaching the river's shore, he wades into the water on a raft with nothing but a long stick to row with and a single light to guide him. Beneath the moon-lit ripples he makes a startling discovery. In the eerie stillness of the night, it is hard to distinguish him from what he finds. He navigates upstream, alone and consumed by the weight of his chore. This short film has been enjoying an international festival tour along with accolades including a Jury's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.mauricioarango.net/nightofthemoon

Producer: Mauricio Arango, Julian ArangoScreenwriter: Mauricio ArangoCinematographer: Juan MartinezEditor: Mauricio ArangoSound Design: Neil BenezraCast: Alex BetancurPrint Source: Mauricio Arango, contact@mauricioarango.net

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Burros

No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores Within the River Among the Trees

Jorge Bodanzky

Brazil, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 73 min, Digital, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Within the Amazon Basin, there are a total of 35 communities living across 16.4 million acres of conservation areas of rainforest. The river is the only means of access to these communities. No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores captures images of an abundant world, full of beauty, but where predatory economic exploration has left its marks.

 

World Premiere

www.raizdistribuidora.com.br

 

Jorge Bodanzky was born in São Paulo in 1942. Director of various films, such as Iracema, Uma Transa Amazônica, O Terceiro Milênio, and Igreja dos Oprimidos, he has produced and directed hundreds of documentaries and currently holds visual art and music workshops with communities in the Amazon.

 

 

 

Producer: Beto Lacerda, Jorge Bodanzky Screenwriter: Jorge Bodanzky Cinematographer: Jorge Pennington Editor: Rodrigo Menecucci Sound Design: Alice Bodanzky Music: Thiago Cury, Marcus Siqueira Cast: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Print Source : Raiz Distribuidora, distribuidora@raizprod.com.br

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityTue. April 26 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

El perro del hortelano Dog in the Manger

Renzo Zanelli

Peru, Comedy/Human Rights, 2010 90 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Co-Sponsored by the Rainforest Partnership

El perro del hortelano is a comedy about Brus, an indigenous artist, and his efforts to organize his community against the American oil company, Kenny Oil. Searching for answers, Brus joins a local NGO, only to find himself entangled in the subversive work of an American researcher, Angie. As Brus explores the surreal world of volunteers and development experts, he ultimately discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community.

 

Austin Premiere

www.perrodelhortelano.com

 

A native of Peru and the US, Renzo Zanelli has worked for nearly 10 years as a director of photography, editor, director and producer. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Renzo founded Magic Flute Films, and has incorporated youth education and media projects into his work.

 

Producer: Annika Beaulieu Production Companies: Selva Rica Screenwriters: The Selva Rica Cooperative Cinematographer: Renzo Zanelli Editor: Renzo Zanelli Sound Design: Renzo Zanelli Music: Chicha Libre, Renzo Zanelli Cast: Brus Rubio Churay, Annika Beaulieu, Kenny Luna, Rodrigo Carbajal Mas, Valbina Miguel Print Source: Selva Rica, info@selvarica.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 6:00 PM FREE!

 

María en tierra de nadie Maria in Nobody's Land

Marcela Zamora Chamorro

El Salvador/Guatemala/Mexico, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 86 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary shows the parallel immigration stories of three Salvadoran women on a journey through Mexico. Doña Inés, a 60 year-old woman, is searching for her daughter who went missing shortly after she decided to immigrate to the US five years ago. Marta and Sandra, tired of the domestic violence they endured at home and hoping to overcome their impoverished lives, decide to make the trip through Mexico with only thirty dollars in their pockets. These women, Doña Inés' daughter, and countless other immigrant women face prostitution, human trafficking, rape, kidnap, and even death on a journey not often brought up in immigration debates.

 

North American Premiere

Marcela Zamora studied journalism in Costa Rica and went on to study film at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). María en tierra de nadie is her first feature documentary.

 

Producer: Marcela Zamora, Oscar Martinez, Edu Ponces Production Companies: Elfaro.net, Ruido Photo, Idheas Screenwriter: Marcela Zamora Cinematographer: Keren Shayo Editor: Leopoldo Nakata Sound Design: Gina Villafañe Music: Sigried Masías, Leticia Servín Print Source: Marcela Zamora, zamora_marcela@hotmail.com

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 6:00 PM

FREE!

 

La isla - Archive einer Tragödie La isla - Archives of a Tragedy

Uli Stelzner

Germany/Guatemala, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

At the end of the 20th century, members of the Guatemalan police and armed forces killed and abducted thousands of people. However this unprecedented, modern genocide goes unpunished. To this day, a system of terror and impunity relies on silence and a lack of evidence. But in July 2005 an explosion in the Guatemalan capital led to the discovery of the archive of Guatemala's National Police. "The Island," as it was known then, was the secret prison of the notorious national police squads. Millions of documents were uncovered that helped trace a story of tragedy and inconceivable atrocities, and revealed that a young generation of archive workers was willing to free their country from the suffocating grip of its own history.

 

Regional Premiere

www.laislaguatemala.com

 

Born in 1961 in Germany, Uli Stelzner is an author, director and producer living and working in Berlin and Central America. He is also co-founder of the independent media group ISKA, as well as director of the Human Rights Festival in Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Uli Stelzner, Elke Benz, Zoran Solomun, Gabriela Melendez Production Companies: Iskacine, Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Asociación Luciérnaga Screenwriter: Uli Stelzner Cinematographer: Guillermo Escalon Editor: Alina Teodorescu Sound Design: Eduardo Cáceres Music: Nim Alae, Paulo Alvarado Print Source: Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Info@Ohnegepaeck.De

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterThur. April 28 3:00 PMFREE!

 

Prometeo deportado Deporting Prometeo

Fernando Mieles

Ecuador, Comedy/Satire, 2010 112 min, HD/RED, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a European airport, members of the EU pass through immigration freely, while the "others" wait in line. A group of Ecuadorians is specifically targeted, arrested and put into a holding cell before being deported. All of them have something to hide, including Prometeo, a young Ecuadorian with some special luggage. As time passes in the waiting room, more and more Ecuadorians arrive, and conditions soon deteriorate to inhumane levels. With no exit, a new order and illusion are created, thanks in part to Prometeo.

 

North American Premiere

www.prometeodeportado.com

 

Fernando Mieles is an Ecuadorian director, screenwriter and graduate of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). Director of numerous shorts and several feature documentaries, Prometeo Deportado is his first narrative feature.

 

Producer: Oderay Game Production Companies: Other Eye Films Screenwriter: Fernando Mieles Cinematographer: Diego Falconí Editor: Iván Mora Manzano Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga Music: Manuel Larrea Cast: Carlos Gallegos, Ximena Mieles, Juana Guarderas, Peky Andino, Lucho Mueckay, Henry Layana, Andrés Crespo, Penélope Lauret, Ana Miranda, Patty Naranjo, Alejandro Fajardo, Alina Ortiz Print Source: Oderay Game - Other Eye Films, oderaygame@quatropublicom.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Retratos en un mar de mentiras Portraits in a Sea of Lies

Carlos Gaviria

Colombia, Drama, 2009 90 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

After the death of their grandfather, Jairo, a roaming photographer, and Marina, his young, amnesiac and mute cousin, decide to try to recover the land from which Marina was displaced years ago. During the trip along the coast towards Bogotá, the story of her traumatic past begins to unfold. Upon reaching their hometown, they are kidnapped by paramilitaries, and while attempting to flee, Jairo is wounded. Marina is then faced with potentially losing Jairo along with her family's land forever, while also confronting the painful memories of her past.

 

Austin Premiere

www.retratosenunmardementiras.com

 

A native of Colombia, Gaviria is a graduate of the film department of New York University and has worked as a cinematographer and director of various award-winning films and TV series, including Minas, Rosario Tijeras, and Mujeres asesinas.

 

Producer: Erwin Goggel Production Companies: Producciones Erwin Goggel Screenwriter: Carlos Gaviria Cinematographer: Edgar Gil Editor: Carlos Gaviria Sound Design: Ricardo Escallón Music: Diana Hernández "Maria Mulata," Leonardo Gómez Cast: Paola Baldión, Julián Román, Edgardo Román, Valeria Fuentes Print Source: Latinofusión, latinofusion@latinofusion.com.mx

 

 

 

Nostalgia de la luz Nostalgia for the Light

Patricio Guzmán

Chile/France/Spain/Germany, Documentary, 2010 90 min, HDCam, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Film Society

Astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile to observe the stars. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below the desert, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: pre-Colombian mummies, explorers, miners, and the remains of disappeared political prisoners from Pinochet's dictatorship. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and astronomers examine the old and distant galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, Nostalgia de la luz is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey. Named Best Documentary at the 2010 European Film Academy Awards.

 

Austin Premiere

www.icarusfilms.com

 

Patricio Guzmán, born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile, and current chair and founder of the International Documentary Film Festival in Santiago (FICDOCS), is known for his political and historical documentaries, including Salvador Allende, The Pinochet Case and The Battle of Chile, winner of numerous international awards.

 

Producer: Renate Sachse Production Companies: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam Production Screenwriter: Patricio Guzmán Cinematographer: Katell Djian Editor: Emmanuelle Joly, Patricio Guzmán Sound Design: Freddy González, Jean-Jacques Quinet, Damien Defoys Music: Luis Rossi, Hernán Muñoz, Natalia Cantillano, Julio Zapata, Celso López, Marco Álvarez, María Eugenia Villegas, José Miguel Tobar, José Miguel Miranda, Randall Ledermann Print Source: Icarus Films, mail@icarusfilms.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Icarus Films

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 6:30 PMBuy Tickets