The iconic Roxie Theater once again welcomes SFLFF back for a week of films! Check out the line-up of at this wonderful space as part of RoxCine. Don’t miss the centerpiece film- “Little White Lie” – a dark comedy from Chile. Appropriate in the age of ‘fake news’! (Photo: Wooodpeckers)
In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed?
Sixteen-year old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before he found his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, Mexico. IPODERAC creates a strong sense of brotherhood and is sustained through the sale of artisanal goat cheese.
"Visitor’s Day" is an observational documentary that follows Juan Carlos through a transformative year of his life, as he finds the strength to return to Mexico City to overcome his sense of abandonment and forgive his father. Along the way, other boys overcome their own obstacles with the support of the extraordinary staff at IPODERAC.
Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. He 'meets' Yanelly from across the prison yard and manages to learn a kind of sign language to communicate with her and avoiding the prison guards. Using real prison locations and non-actors throughout, WOODPECKERS is based on real events. Premiered at Sundance.
Laura was a young woman from Lima's upper class who met Ramon, an idealistic university student, in Cusco. Today they meet again to sign their divorce papers. Nothing, not even the past, will be safe this day.
Laura era una joven limeña de clase alta que conoció en Cusco a Ramon, un universitario idealista. Hoy se vuelven a encontrar para firmar su divorcio. Nada, ni siquiera el pasado, estará a salvo este día.
Due to the simple nature of a small country town, a failed journalist is forced to fabricate news to avoid losing his job. After becoming the most popular journalist and respected man in town, he will have to decide between lying to continue his fame or tell the truth and lose everything.
Founded twenty-five years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central American city infamous for its poverty and violence, Our Little Roses is the only girls’ orphanage in Honduras. Seventy girls, aged one to eighteen, have found refuge there from broken and destitute homes, murderous streets, and the neighboring Bordo, the worst slum in the Americas. Inside twenty-foot-high concrete walls topped with barbed wire, the girls receive medical attention, food, shelter, and the nurturing care of a vibrant and entirely female collective of other “desechables” (a slang word for orphans, also used for "disposable containers"). "Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World" explores the question: how do those subjected to profoundest trauma and rejection begin to heal themselves and change the course of their lives?
Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a ramshackle villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neighborhoods. After learning that the villa’s owners are planning to sell the estate, José seeks any solution that might keep his six-year-old daughter from growing up in Caracas’ crime-sodden slums. Might that fabled treasure supposedly hidden in La Soledad’s walls offer José’s family a chance at a better life?
“La Soledad” (d. Jorge Thielen Armand), from Venezuela, is an arresting blend of documentary and narrative feature, in which the actual participants in a real-life drama become players in the drama. The story of a family forced to uproot from their home shows rigorous commitment for the metaphysics of place and a compositional instinct that never quits." -Mick LaSalle, SFGate
Rubén has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has three months to live or a year-and-a-half with treatment. Rubén has decided to end his life with dignity, without loose ends.
Thirteen-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to go to school, receive an education, and have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made it easy for her. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia, and the ACLU, Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from school officials and students, Zoey continues to live her life and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.
An American girl travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, in the captivating city of Rio de Janeiro.
Miguel and Diego are friends sharing an apartment in Central Havana. Miguel – a dishwasher at a restaurant, who dreams of leaving Cuba for New York is waiting for his exit visa. Diego, a gay man in poor health carries on enjoying every single day from the confines of a rickety old bed. Just as life marches on so do the various friends and chosen family members that mill around the apartment including including Diego's feisty 15 year old niece.
After her mother becomes bedridden, a shy and lonely 11-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged father. They hardly talk at first, but over time, they slowly get to know one another. Award winner at Rotterdam Film Festival (FF), Mumbai FF, and Lima FF.
Alba tiene once años. Pasa la mayor parte de su tiempo en silencio y le gustan los animales diminutos. Una tarde, su madre es internada en el hospital y Alba debe mudarse con Igor, un padre a quien casi no conoce. Los intentos de Igor por acercarse a ella, las primeras amigas, el primer beso, las visitas a la madre en el hospital, son estímulos que marcan el camino de Alba hacia la entrada a la adolescencia y a la aceptación de su familia.
Ignacio Rodriguez is the manager of a textile export company, founded many years ago by Manuel, his father. Absorbed by work, he has forgotten his wife and son; his absence has become routine. His bad temper in the office, in addition to disagreements with his partners, creates an inevitable business and personal crisis. He ends up in the hospital. His brother recommends visiting a spiritual guide. Ignacio decides to go see him and so begins a journey of learning that will take him to find the inner peace he needed, and to revalue and recover the most valuable thing: his family, and thus achieve happiness.