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Cine Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival


Wonderful mix of documentaries- feature length and shorts from the US and Latin America.

  1. Pachamanka-Singing for Freedom

    Markus Toth / Documentary / Austria / 2017 / Documentary, Music, Society, Spanish / 67 mins
    On the surface, "Pachamanka- Singing for Freedom“ is a documentary about a Chilean music band recording their new CD, along with the personal stories of different band members. Upon closer inspection, it is also a story about staying true to one's political and cultural principals like solidarity and equality while trying to survive as a musician. Formed during the dictatorship of Pinochet, Pachamanka's initial goal was to fight the regime and communicate the situation in Chile through music. After facing prison time and persecution, some band members were forced to leave the Chile and continue their musical journey in Uruguay, Spain, and finally Austria. The freedom that comes with being a musician became overshadowed by financial problems and the pressure to become a commercial act.
    Pachamanka-Singing for Freedom

    La Pena Cultural Center
    09/30/2017 7:00 PM

  2. Parque Central

    Ricardo Gaona / Documentary, International / Guatemala, USA / 2016 / Documentary, Society / 80 mins
    In the heart of Antigua, Guatemala, a humble park reveals itself as an international intersection between wealthy tourists and indigenous workers. As tourists stroll through the colonial buildings, every day indigenous children support themselves and their families by shining shoes, running ice cream carts, and selling scarves while dodging local police attempting to shut them down.
    Parque Central

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    09/20/2017 5:15 PM

  3. The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

    Phillip Rodriguez / US Latino, Documentary / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Experimental, Society / 57 mins
    "The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo" is a fresh and innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and counterculture icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta, best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist and provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson.

    Preceded by: Swimming in the Desert

    The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    09/16/2017 3:00 PM

  4. The Third Root

    Reed Rickert and Camilo Nu / Documentary, International / Mexico, Morocco, Spain / 2016 / Documentary, Music / 68 mins
    Camilo Nu is a talented guitarist from Mexico who has dedicated his life to the study of Mexico’s cultural and ancestral music. Propelled to search for the roots of the traditional music of Veracruz know as Son Jarocho, a Mexican music that has been recognized as having Spanish and African influences, Nu traveled through southern Spain and North Africa to collaborate musically with local musicians to discover what similarities still existed. As his journey led him farther from home, he was confronted by his own fragmented African heritage that he inherited from absent father. Nu's journey takes on a new meaning as he travels deep into the African roots of Son Jarocho and, inevitably, his own identity.

    Preceded by: The Toucan

    The Third Root

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    09/17/2017 5:10 PM

    The Third Root

    Pickleweed Park & Albert J. Boro Community Center
    09/28/2017 7:00 PM RSVP -Free Screening-

    The Third Root

    Eastside Cultural Center
    09/29/2017 7:00 PM RSVP -Free Screening-

  5. Trails of Hope and Terror

    Vincent De La Torre / US Latino, Documentary / Mexico, USA / 2016 / Documentary, Immigration, Society / 53 mins
    Based on a book of the same title, "Trails of Hope and Terror" attempts to answer why we, in the United States, have an immigration dilemma along our southern border. Filmmakers traveled to the US/Mexico to walk the desert and interview humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, the undocumented, and anti-immigration protesters. The film explores the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes.

    Preceded by: Sueños Americanos

    Trails of Hope and Terror

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    09/18/2017 7:15 PM

  6. Visitor’s Day

    Nicole Opper / Documentary, International / Mexico, USA / 2016 / Documentary, Society, Youth / 75 mins
    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.
    Visitor’s Day

    Roxie Theater
    09/23/2017 2:00 PM


    Brad Coley / US Latino, Documentary, International / Honduras, USA / 2017 / Documentary, Human Rights, Society, Youth / 88 mins
    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?
    Voices Beyond the Wall

    Roxie Theater
    09/24/2017 2:00 PM

  8. The Way to Andina

    Arlen Parsa / US Latino, Documentary / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Family, Music / 70 mins
    When Arlen Parsa discovers that his Colombian great-grandfather left behind an opera that has never been performed, he knows what he has to do...but doesn't know how to do it. Despite having no opera experience of any kind and not speaking Spanish, Arlen takes a leap of faith. After promising his family that the 80-year-old Latin music will receive a world premiere, is Arlen in over his head?
    The Way to Andina

    Opera Plaza Cinema
    09/16/2017 1:10 PM