October 18 - 20,  2019

Films at the Festival

Matar a Jesus


Friday, October 19, 2018 7:00 PM

Matar a Jesus. (Director Laura Mora). 

Paula, a young Colombian student, witnesses the cold-blooded murder of her father. After facing the inefficiency of the police, she accidentally crosses paths with the hitman who did the job. Driven by her anger, frustration and pain, the choice of revenge seems to be the only possible reaction... But what if both of them are the victims of a violent and corrupt system?   This film will be shown in collaboration with Eckerd College’s International Film Series.  

Shown with Nos Estan Matando.  This short documentary follows two social leaders, Indigenous and Afro Descendant, fighting for their communities rights while navigating the deadly side of Colombia’s peace process, over 200 assassinations since 2016.

La Novia del Desierto


Saturday, October 20, 2018  4:00 PM

La Novia del Desierto  (Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato) 

The Desert Bride is the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman who has worked for decades as a live-in maid in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert.

During her ­first stop, in the land of the miraculous Saint Correa, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only one who can help Teresa ­find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

La Libertad de Diablo


Saturday, October 20, 2018 6:45 PM 

La Libertad del Diablo (Director. Everardo Gonzalez).

In Mexico, as cartels thrive and grow ever more ruthless, the phenomenon of violence has emerged as a tragic feature of Mexico’s  life and subconscious. Through first hand testimonies of  victims as well as perpetrators,  La  Libertad del Diablo  explores how fear and uncertainty have penetrated every level,  asking what meaning is to be found in this violence and the profound fear it engenders.  More than a film about the violent deeds themselves, Devil’s Freedom is a plunge into the nightmares and absence that so many dead bodies leave in their wake. The interplay of these personal stories form a complex network with universal echoes, a reflection on the nature of our deepest fears and the most obscure traits of the human psyche. 

Los Sobrevivientes


Sunday, October 21, 2018 6:00 PM 

(1979) Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.
The film has ​been preserved by the Academy Film Archive and ICAIC (the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria CInematograficos). 

Following the Cuban revolution in 1959, an aristocratic family hides away in their mansion, ignoring the changes occurring in their country. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s satire explores themes of anti-colonialism while offering a poignant critique of the deluded family, clinging to the past and making futile attempts to avoid the inevitable collision with the new social order.

Pajaros de Verano


Friday, October 26, 2018 7:00 PM

Pajaros de Verano  (Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra)  chronicles the rise and fall of an indigenous Wayuu family in the 1970's Colombian drug trade. Just as Embrace of the Serpent reconfigured the colonial journey narrative, Birds of Passage employs the gangster genre to introduce audiences to a way of life violently interrupted by the modern addiction to consumption. Presented in collaboration with Eckerd College's International Cinema Series. 

Additional Films



Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 AM 

Antonia is a young photographer who will spend the holidays with her grandparents. Although she is going to the beach with her dog, she’s not happy with this trip. These holidays will be a disaster! But everything changes when her grandfather gives her his old Polaroid camera.  Snapshot is a beautiful meandering & pensive film that gives an interesting perspective of the world through the eyes of a child

The Idol


Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:00 PM 

Tomas is a young musician looking for his big break. His life appears to be spiraling down until he meets his idol, renowned musician Micheal Dax. The pair devises a plan to release Tomas's music as if it was created by the famous artist. 
Tomas’s desperate and socially awkward attempts to gain control of his life are revealed as he recounts the tale to the enraptured audience of children who have gathered ostensibly for “story time” at a book store only to find to their delight, it is not the boring children’s story they expected. The film’s plot is beautifully and creatively crafted, unconventionally funny, and at times, unapologetically goofy.

1950: The Nationalist Uprising


Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:00 PM


This powerful and eye opening documentary  explores the pivotal events of October 1950 when 100 members of Puerto Rico’s Nationalist Party began a violent uprising in an attempt to free the island from the rule of the  United States with the hopes of establishing a sovereign Puerto Rican nation for the first time since it was colonized by the Spanish in 1493. 

Now 68 years later, this almost forgotten part of our history is brought to life as the film weaves an incredibly compelling and emotional account of US and Puerto Rican relations during that time. 

The film is  rich with archival videos, photographs, and audio recordings; but the stars of this film are the 5 surviving participants in the uprising who relay with great emotion the events of that time. Their ideals of freedom, independence, and the personal sacrifice for those ideals is no less vivid now than it was those fateful days in October 1950.

Help Me Make it through the Night


Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 PM

A family is at its breaking point. Dad has kicked mom out the house because she has a gambling addiction, the older child´s fiancée wants to cancel their wedding, and the youngest child believes he can fix his family and bring them back together.   

Help Me make it Through the Night is a moving and often irreverently funny reflection on the power of love even in our lowest moments, and the resilience and fragility of human beings and their relationships.

Short Films

Saturday, October 20, 2018 2:30 PM

 Capoeira.  This short documentary  is a a touching exploration of the Brazilian martial art capoeira. The  film  draws  audiences into the hearts of  capoeira students in the United States,  provides historical information about capoeira,  and demonstrates how this martial arts has inspired a diverse community.. 

25 Hours.  Cuba 2014. Hilda is an immigrant who cares for her sick father in the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado. Her actions -and her disenchantment- makes us suppose a daily mimicry that crushes and saddens her, in a day that seems longer than 24 hours. Everything happens on December 17, the historic date on which the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States is announced.

Gringa. This  short follows an overworked Cuban-American millennial rushing to pack for a trip to Havana. When her eccentric grandfather drags her on a last-minute hunt for a rare car part, she confronts her own privilege in a race against the clock.  

Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:30 PM


Sigueme.  This short documentary follows Mariana, a transgender woman actor from Mexico,  as she makes her life in Los Angeles. Mariana and those who admire her, share her struggles and successes, as well as the relationship with her conservative family and society around her. 

Broken Sunflower Hearts.   When  ex-boyfriend Sam shows up on his doorstep a year after separating, Anthony weighs the impact it will have on his life and young daughter Luna. This short expresses the range of emotions that couples experience after a breakup, particularly when they want the best for their child.   


Nocturnal Creatures.   Javier’s only chance to stay in America is to marry Amy, but when Oliver suddenly comes back into his life he finds himself torn between rekindling his past and securing his future. Both protagonists discover feelings they thought were buried and forgotten. In this short, Javier and Oliver experience intimacy, discovery and regret.