The MSU LatinX Film Festival offering wonderful films for free from US, Spain and South America

Exciting new film festival in town!

Warm up your winter with the  MSU Latinx Film Festival! The inaugural edition of the festival features films from the United States, México, Perú, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain.
Free screenings open to the public will take place at the MSU Library, Wells Hall, and RCAH Theater (Snyder-Phillips Hall), The Robin Theatre in REO Town and Studio C! at Meridian Mall (in conjunction with the East Lansing Film Festival Indie Film Series).
All films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the directors or interactive panel discussions with MSU faculty, graduate students, local filmmakers and community leaders. Keep updated on festival news by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See you in February!

 THE SECOND MOTHER
(Que Horas Ela Volta?)
Directed by Anna Muylaert
114 minutes Rated R 
Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it.  In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Thursday, February 1
  4:00pm
MSU Main Library – Green Room (4 West)

 FREE
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer – 96%

WATCH THE TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXtkQitLmss

“I love this film. ELFF showed it 2 years ago ” – Susan W. Woods
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SEALED CARGO
(Cargo Sellado)
Directed by  Julia Vargas-Weise
107minutes Rated NR 
A crew of hapless police and a stowaway make their way across Bolivia in an aged train, searching for a place to dump highly toxic cargo.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Thursday, February 1
  7:00pm
MSU Main Library – Green Room (4 West)

 FREE
WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yhvkMb74g4 
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Directed by  Héctor Gálvez   89 minutes
A forensic anthropologist in Lima leads a group that helps people find their missing relatives from the Internal Civil War that took place in Peru between 1980 and 2000. He has to deal with his strangement with his own family and a difficult case involving a desperate woman looking for his husband.  In Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, February 2
4:00pm
MSU RCAH Theater
Snyder-Phillips Hall – basement

FREE

 


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BAD HAIR (Pelo Malo)
Directed by  Rondón 93 minutes
In PELO MALO, Junior is a nine-year-old boy who has stubbornly curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow. Junior, Marta, and his baby brother live in a large multi-family building. Overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, Marta finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. His paternal grandmother, a witness to this rejection, asks Marta to give her the boy so that he can look after her. Marta refuses and tries to correct her son’s obsession by “setting an example,” a cruel moment which was meant to be a lesson. Junior finds himself cornered, face to face with a painful decision.(C) FiGA Cinema Tropical

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, February 2
7:00pm
MSU RCAH Theater
Snyder-Phillips Hall – basement

FREE
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

 

“We showed this touching film as part of the Indie Film Series. I highly recommend you seeing it.”   – Susan W. Woods

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THE TEMPEST (Tempestad)

Directed by Tatiana Huezo 105 minutes
Two women, their voices echoing over the landscape and highways of Mexico from North to South, tell how official corruption and injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives. The film is a meditation on corruption and on the notion of “impunidad,” the impunity or unaccountability of those in power, whether part of the Mexican government or the country’s drug cartels. An emotional and evocative journey, steeped not only in loss and pain, but also in love, dignity and resistance.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

Saturday, February 3
4:00pm
The Robin Theatre
REO Town, Lansing

FREE
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer – 94%

WATCH THE TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPxXzolGr6Q

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 See you at the movies!
AS I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY

Directed by Charlie Vela & Ronnie Garza 81 minutes

As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it. The Rio Grande Valley has been called a flashpoint for the creation of Mexican-American Culture in the United States. Roughly 230 miles south of San Antonio, the river delta known as The Valley is a network of cities and roads that sits at the southernmost border between the United States and Mexico. Combining over 100 hours of interviews as well as never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, this documentary tracks the musical evolution of a region that has forged its own unique identity between two countrieS.  Directors Charlie Vela & Ronnie Garza in attendance.  

Saturday, February 3
7:00pm
The Robin Theatre
REO Town, Lansing

FREE


WATCH THE TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?>v=u5oSxBzD7Mg


THE CLIFF (Acantilado)

Directed by Helena Taberna 89 minutes

A mass suicide involving members of a cult takes place in the Canary Islands. Gabriel’s younger sister, Cordelia, who he hasn’t seen for years, was one of the cult followers. Gabriel decides to travel there and find out what happened.  Director Helena Taberna in attendance. 

Sunday, February 4
2:30pm
Studio C!
1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos

FREE

Reception with Closing Day cake!


WATCH THE TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhhY1tIeeqA

For more information, please visit
https://msulatinxfilmfestival.com/festival-schedule/

LMFC Winners

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Nina Vallado

Sisterly

BEST SHORT FILM

Marty Brett

Youth

BEST FEATURE FILM

​Kyle Ham

Reparation

Best Documentary

Berry Alan

Dead Man’s Line

Audience Award Winners

FAVORITE FEATURE FILM

FAVORITE FOREIGN FILM

FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY (tie)

FAVORITE SHORT FILMS

FAVORITE NOT SO SHORT SHORT FILM

Thank you everyone for voting for the films this year. The scores were really close!

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