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Boston Latino International Film Festival
SEP 25 - 29, 2019


The 18th annual The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) takes place September 25 through September 29, 2019. BLIFF is New England’s largest National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of the Latinx community in the U.S. BLIFF presents a vibrant selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films by filmmakers sharing Latinx-related stories.

Since its inception in 2001, BLIFF has been committed to using the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues that affect the Latinx community in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

SEP 26 Opening Night Screening is Free through the Bright Lights Film Series


Caballerango 
FRI, SEP 27 @ 6:00PM

Caballerango

Running time: 61 min | Watch the trailer
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG

A family reflects on a young man’s disappearance in a Mexican village under the watchful eyes of the horse who saw him last.

La Camarista 
FRI, SEP 27 @ 8:05PM
 
SAT, SEP 28 @ 1:30PM

La Camarista

Running time: 102 min | Watch the trailer
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG-17


Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement.

Q&A with the producer
9/28 Film preceded by:

Emperador

Emperador

Running time: 15 min 
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG-17


In Juárez, México a young “Cholo” earns his living by watching the “Migra” on the other side of the border. One day he gets a precious object which he’ll try to sell no matter what.
 
Zumix Curated Shorts / Local Showcase 
SAT, SEP 28 @ 11:00AM

Zumix Curated Shorts / Local Showcase

Running time: 55 min
In English
Rated G


This line-up of youth-directed films was curated by the "Point & Shoot" filmmaking class at Zumix, featuring works from the students at Madison Park High School, Real to Reel film school and ICA Fast Forward media program. Followed by the short HYPHEN, a poetic journey of memory and fantasy told through the eyes of four versions of an artist as she creates her own identity.

Q&A with filmmakers 
 
El Silencio de Otros 
SAT, SEP 28 @ 4:30PM

El Silencio de Otros

Running time: 96 min | Watch the trailer
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG-17


Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. The Silence of Others is the winner of a 2019 Goya – Spain’s Academy Award – the Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale Peace Film Prize, Sheffield Doc/Fest Grand Jury Award, and more than 30 other international awards. 

Q&A with filmmakers
Film preceded by:

Madre

Madre

Running time: 18 min
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG-17


The everyday conversation between Marta and her mother turns into a tragic, against-the-clock situation when they get a call from the former’s son.
 
Canción Sin Nombre 
SAT, SEP 28 @ 8:00PM
 
SUN, SEP 29 @ 12:00PM

Canción Sin Nombre

Running time: 97 min | Watch the trailer
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated PG-17


Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. Based on a true story.
 
Divino Amor 
SUN, SEP 29 @ 2:30PM

Divino Amor

Running time: 101 min | Watch the trailer
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Rated R (Mature Audiences Only)


In the year 2027, in a dystopian Brazil, a deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary’s office to advance her mission to save struggling couples from divorce. Whilst waiting for a Sign in recognition of her efforts, she is confronted with a crisis in her own marriage that ultimately brings her closer to God.
El Día de la Cabra 
SUN, SEP 29 @ 5:30PM

El Día de la Cabra

Running time: 76 min | Watch the trailer
In Creole with English subtitles
Rated G


After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's pick-up truck, two bickering teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation.

Q&A with Director
 
Film Preceded By
Yover
 

Yover

Running time: 14 min
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rated G


Yover is barely twelve, but he must work. Every day he rides the streets of the new Bojayá - a village that survived the bloodiest massacre of the war in Colombia - and continues to steal from reality, minutes of fantasy and play, which belong to the world of children.