Hosted by the School of Politics, Security and International Affairs, Modern Languages and Literatures/Latin American Studies, UCF Global, and Florida Prison Education Project in collaboration with Puerto Rico Research Hub, Department of History, Women’s & Gender Studies, Department of EnglishInterdisciplinary Studies and the College of Undergraduate Studies.

WHEN: September 16 – November 2021
TIME: 6:30 PM
WHERE: Online, On-Demand (Stream for one week after the event) or in person at UCF/ VAB 132 (Visual Arts Building Auditorium). RSVP is required for all options.
COST: Admission is free

PARKING: Free parking is available in Garage F (behind the CFE Arena) or in most parking lots and garages after 5:30 PM with the purchase of an AFTER HOURS daily parking permit ($3.00).  Permits can be purchased at the lot kiosks or online.

COVID-19 Notice: In accordance with the CDC guidelines, UCF asks that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, wear a mask indoors. The organizers reserve the right to change the format of the event based on CDC and University guidelines.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pradga, SPAIN Arts & Culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Student Video Competition

The Latin American/Latinx Film Festival will concurrently hold a student video competition. The competition is designed to showcase the experience of the Latin American and/or Latinx community. Topics can include short oral histories, issues of social justice, gender, race, identity, memory, or fiction. The chosen finalists will be presented in a virtual screening on November 25, 2021.

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EXTRA TERRESTRES

September 23, 2021
Dir. Carla Cavina / Venezuela, Puerto Rico / 2017 / 110 min

YouTube video

SYNOPSIS

In Spanish with English subtitles
With Sunshine Logroño, Marisé Alvarez, Elba Escobar, Prakriti Maduro

Teresa is a vegetarian and a successful astrophysicist who lives with her girlfriend, Daniela, in the Canary Islands. After years of self-exile, Teresa returns to Puerto Rico to invite the family to her wedding. But the Díaz family, who lives in a rural town, are a conservative and well-to-do family who control much of the poultry industry in Puerto Rico.

No one in the family is what who they appear and none is willing to reveal their most intimate secrets, so once back home, Teresa chooses to lie. When several acts of sabotage force the closure of the family business and Daniela, tired of waiting for Teresa, travels to Puerto Rico to meet her new family, the Díaz family nucleus collapses like a supernova star, unleashing a chain reaction that puts in evidence that we are all “extraterrestrials.”

A Translator (UN TRADUCTOR)

September 30, 2021
Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso / Cuba, Canada / 2018 / 107 min

YouTube video

SYNOPSIS

ACADEMY AWARD® CUBA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Based on the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor unfolds as a tale at once historical and personal, brought to life in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of a Havana on the brink of economic crisis.

Havana, 1989: Russian literature professor Malin (Rodrigo Santoro, of Westworld fame) receives a mysterious note at the university with orders from the government sending him to a local hospital, where he learns he is expected to act as translator between Cuban doctors and the families of young patients from the Chernobyl disaster. Initially raging against his new role, Malin is forced to stay on. He eventually becomes deeply devoted to his patients. But while he becomes “king of the kids” at the hospital, his relationships with his pregnant wife and young son suffer.

Meanwhile, life around all of them shifts as the “Special Period”—the economic crisis in Cuba that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union—begins.

The Infiltrators

October 7, 2021
Dir. Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra / United States / 2019 / 95 min

YouTube video

SYNOPSIS

English and Spanish with English subtitles

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s powerfully inventive docu-thriller — a prison escape drama in reverse — tells the incredible true story of Marco and Viri, two members of the Dreamer-led National Immigrant Youth Alliance who embark on a mission to stop deportations from within a for-profit immigration detention center. Intentionally getting themselves detained, the two young activists find themselves living among hundreds of multinational immigrants — all imprisoned without trial. As they discover a nightmarishly complex institution, they work undercover to impede some of the imminent deportations. Interlacing documentary footage of the real “infiltrators” with scripted re-enactments, The Infiltrators is both a gripping account of a high-stakes mission and an urgent, vital portrait of a group of inspirational young people fighting for change.

Note: Since the film’s debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, ICE has deported Claudio Rojas back to Argentina in what the filmmakers believe to be an act of retaliation for his participation in the film.

Birds of Passage (Pájaros De Verano)

October 14, 2021
Dir. Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego / Colombia, Mexico, Denmark / 2018 / 125 min

YouTube video

SYNOPSIS

Spanish with English Subtitles
ACADEMY AWARD® COLOMBIA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the creative team behind Oscar®-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (also available for your SFC festival), return with this inspired mob epic for the ages — a completely fresh take on the origins of the Colombian drug trade, far from Narcos and Escobar, as told through the story of an indigenous Wayúu family.

In the 1970s, as an American-fueled marijuana boom hits Colombia, farmers quickly turn into seasoned businessmen starting a narco-trafficking era known as “la Bonanza Marimbera.”

In the Guajira desert, one indigenous Wayúu clan takes a leading role. Guided by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayúu way of life. As greed, passion, and honor blend together over the decades, the family’s unity, their lives, and their ancestral traditions are all put at stake.

A true story, the visually striking Birds of Passage is as much a thriller as it is an anthropological study on the consequences of outside influences to indigenous traditions.

Enough With Catcalling: What is the Place of Women in the Cities? (Chega De Fiu Fiu)

October 28, 2021
Dir. Amanda Kamanchek, Fernanda Frazão / Brazil / 2018 / 73 min

Enough of Catcalling

SYNOPSIS

Portuguese with English Subtitles

Were the cities made for women? While the #MeToo Movement united sexual harassment victims throughout the world, this crucial documentary goes beyond and explicitly illustrates how the participation of women in open urban spaces is marked by insecurity. The film explores the public space as a place of violence—especially sexual harassment—and analyzes how campaigns promoted by activists and feminists have changed power relationships between men and women in the streets and on the Internet in Brazil.

Enough With Catcalling follows Raquel, Rosa, and Teresa, in three different Brazilian cities, who share with us their experiences with catcalling. The film also includes insightful footage from hidden cameras worn by women in their day to day life, as well as eye-opening conversations between specialists and men about harassment, body image, and masculinity.