LALIFF: Miguelito

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival presents: Miguelito, a film by Sam Zubrycki

Australia, 2019
Documentary/Music, 93 min, Color
English, Spanish with English Subtitles

Friday, May 22nd, 2020, 6:30pm LA time / 8:30pm Austin
Screening followed by a Q&A with Director Sam Zubrycki

Register to view HERE.


In 1973 by pure chance, the eleven year old Miguelito was discovered singing in the San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within the year he went from the slums of Manuel A Perez, to recording an album with some of the finest salsa musicians of the time, to finally performing with Eddie Palmieri at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. And then he simply disappeared.

MIGUELITO takes on the form of an upbeat road movie traveling through Latin America, uncovering the memories of those who were effected by his music and short-lived career. Featuring performances from Papo Lucca’s La Sonora Poncena, Nelson Feliciano, Máximo Torres, Malo Malo, and many others, this is a film that celebrates the musical and cultural depth of the Caribbean as well as revealing a story of a once forgotten “Salsero” whose album became a cult classic in a country far from his own.

Presented by LALIFF, a premier international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from Latinx perspectives, whether through film, television, music, digital art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform.

Presented in Partnership with Cine Las Americas.