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Saturday, October 19, 2019


11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM  SHORT FILMS

      Creation of the Earth      
Director:  Antonio Coello, ( Mexico  2019)
The creation myth is adapted into an animated short film made by Seri indigenous children and elders.

Director:   Fabiana  Serpa,  (Switzerland  2019)
It is 1888 and Therese, a Bavarian botanist, undertakes a four month long expedition to Brazil. Trouble starts unfolding because of the cultural clash between Therese and a  Brazilian local guide as he refuses to take orders from a woman without knowing her real identity. He is in for a surprise.

12:00   -    1:45  PM     LAST AMERICAN COLONY       
Directors:   Bestor Cram & Mike Majoros  (United States  2019)

The Last American Colony is a compelling and revealing story of an invisible island -- Puerto Rico. It is told through the eyes of Juan Segarra, a Harvard educated man who having become acquainted with the history of his island home and its relationship to the United States chooses to embrace the independence movement and becomes a member of Los Macheteros, a group dedicated to achieving its goals through armed struggle.

And the Brave Shall Rise       
Director:  Adam Schlachter (United States  2019)
In the wake of the high school shootings in Parkland, Florida, concerned citizens travel by bus to the State Capitol to debate legislators about an urgent issue: Gun Reform. A community for change is created during the next election, rooted in the newfound strength of a movement led by stay-at-home moms, one of whom decides to run for public office for the first time in honor of her baby boy and in memory of the fallen children.

2:00   -  3:00 PM    DIAZ
Director: Mauricio Ochmann  (Mexico  2018)

Joey Díaz is an aspiring baseball player, he coaches his young neighbor Carlos, has a beautiful girlfriend and a sick mother to take care of. His future seems bright when he receives an offer to join a big league team, happiness seem within his reach, but something unexpected will change everything.

3:15    -   4:45 PM   NOT QUITE ADULTS  
Director:   Federico Sosa  ( Argentina  2018)

One month before getting married, Lola finds herself traveling with her ex-boyfriend (Teo), his sister (Rita), and her recently deceased father`s partner (Natalio). They embark on an extensive journey, one which will fundamentally force them to “grow up” once and for all.

5:00    -   6:40   PM       RETABLO      
Director:  Alvaro  Delgado Aparicio    (Peru, 2018)

Segundo Paucar, a 14 year old boy wants to become a master story-box maker just like his father to carry on with the family legacy. On his way to a community celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally observes his father in a situation that shatters his whole world. Trapped in a chauvinistic environment, Segundo will try to deal in silence with all that is happening to him.

Co-Sponsored by the 

Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

6:45  -  8:30  PM         BLACK HOLE
Director: Diego Araujo   (Ecuador/Dominican Republic   2018 )

Between the temptation of the new and the familiarity of the old, Victor must make a decision. The life of 30-year-old Víctor takes an unexpected turn when his live-in girlfriend Marcela announces her pregnancy. Instead of taking responsibility and assuming his role as a soon-to-be-father, Víctor spirals into a second adolescence when he meets Valentina, the bright but defiant 16-year-old girl who lives next door. As Marcela’s belly grows, the distance between Marcela and Víctor increases, while he seems to be digging  himself into a black hole.

Sunday, October 20, 2019


12: 00   -   1:45 PM      SENECA

Director: Jason Chaet  (United States  2019)

Having unwittingly become a controversial viral video sensation is not what struggling actor David wanted – but maybe he needed.  His native Puerto Rico is suffering the ravages of Hurricane Maria.  His marriage is dissipating.  His young daughter is afraid of him.  His successful millennial protégé is painfully outshining him.  His childhood mentor in Puerto Rico is dying.     Ambitions, relationships, and our pasts form the maze to which each of us searches for that magical key.   “Seneca” presents these universal challenges as an entertaining, engaging, sensitive and thoughtful film.

6 Crazy Cubans  

Director:   Trisha LaFache (United States  2019)

Newlyweds, Abigail and Chris, head to a family dinner and Abigail quickly finds out that honesty is not always the best policy. 

2:00  -   2:45    PM         SHORT FILMS      


Director:   Victor Solo-Greene  (United States  2018)

The story of a Latino boy who goes in search of his immigrant mother after she purposely abandons him at a playground.

American Nightmare

Director:  Jesus Nebot   (United States  2018)

A traffic stop due to speeding takes a turn for the worse landing a mother and her 5-year-old daughter in jail.

Plane Pretend      

Director:  Sharon Arteaga   (United States  2018)

Pilar and her brothers are ecstatic to take their first flight, but they must hide their excitement or risk revealing their undocumented status and being deported.

3 :00  PM  -   4: 45    PM        RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME 

Director :  Abner Benaim   ( Panama  2018)

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970's. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even run for President of his native Panama. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben's 50-year-career, revealing that Ruben still has both musical and political ambitions. This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.

4:45   PM    -     5:30     PM     SHORT FILMS    (Mature Audiences)

Luz’s Story   

Director:  Sylvia Johnson   (United States  2019)

A Honduran transgender woman tells her story of being held in solitary confinement while in immigrant detention.

Retratos De Madre     

Director:  Tovo Ruiz  (Mexico  2019)

A documentary about the director’s mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, his mother confesses what she remembers about traumatic events and the scars that these events leave in a person's life.

After the Conversation, they Say Goodbye with An Embrace 

Director:   Renan Brandão   (Brazil  2018) 

At the same time that Elisa says goodbye to Heliomar, she meets the young Michel.

5:30   PM   -    7:30    PM           NADIE      

Director: Miguel Coyula   (Cuba   2017)

Rafael Alcides was once a widely known and celebrated writer of the Cuban revolution; now, a stranger in his own country, he tries desperately to save his unpublished novels before the ink literally fades from their pages. This is a story of love and deception in the Cuban revolution, as seen through the eyes of someone who was initially mesmerized by its possibilities. Director Miguel Coyula has created a pop-culture collage combining clips from old movies, photographs, and imaginary conversations, all held together by the magnetic personality of raconteur Alcides. 

Q&A  with Director  Miguel Coyula     

Co-Sponsored by Eckerd College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)