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The Boston Latino International Film Festival
SEP 24–27, 2020


Through the Night


SEP 24 @ 7:00PM ET | FREE 

Documentary, 75 mins, Loira Limbal, USA, 2020

Co-presented by the Bright Lights Film Series
To make ends meet, Americans are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center. Q&A with director Loira Limbal

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SEP 25 @ 3:00PM ET – SEP 27 @ 4:30PM ET  | $10 

Documentary, 61 mins, Adriana Bosch, USA/Cuba, 2020

Centered on the remarkable letters by José Lezama Lima to his sister living in exile in the United States, this feature length documentary tells the story of the Cuban writer’s life and work. Weaving together the public and the private, the literary and the political, ultimately to focus how the writer’s voice, at first amplified by the revolution’s cultural policies, was ultimately silenced by the absence of creative freedom in Cuba during its most tumultuous decades – beginning with the publication of his literary masterpiece Paradiso, a novel with a strong homoerotic content that clashed with the government’s contemporaneous campaign of institutional homophobia. Once hailed as Cuba’s most influential writer Lezama was censored, ostracized, forbidden to travel outside Cuba. His books were removed from libraries and bookstores. The film establishes the greatness of Lezama Lima’s literature and recounts the tragic end of the great Cuban writer, alone and silenced at his home in Trocadero Street, as well as his posthumous redemption by the very government that crushed him. The voice of Lezama Lima is provided by Alfred Molina, the music is composed by Arturo Sandoval. Q&A with director Adriana Bosch

Preceded by EL BALSERO

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SEP 25 @ 5:00PM ET – SEP 27 @ 6:00PM ET | $10 

Documentary, 60 mins, Pablo Croce, Venezuela, 2020

The old adage is that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. But what, exactly, does it take to make it in New York? And what does the attempt take out of you? Siudy Between Worlds, a riveting documentary about the Miami-based Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater mounting a ten-week stage run in the Big Apple, takes viewers on that journey with astounding clarity and detail.

Colored throughout with breathtaking flamenco sequences, Siudy Between Worlds is a visually beautiful and stirring homage to the eponymous dancer and her troupe. But it is also a chronicle of grit; an unsentimental look at what one endures when their dream seemingly dies; and a roadmap to getting up, and starting over. Q&A with director Pablo Croce & Siudy Garrido

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The Last Rafter


SEP 25 @ 7:00PM ET – SEP 27 @ 8:30PM ET | $10 

Narrative, 82 mins, Carlos R Betancourt & Oscar Ernesto Ortega, USA, 2020

After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his missing father. When a political shift makes him America's first Cuban undocumented immigrant, he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while unraveling a past of intolerance and hate that haunts him. Q&A with co-directors Carlos Betancourt & Oscar Ortega

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Blanco White


SEP 25 @ 7:00PM ET – SEP 27 @ 8:30PM ET | $10 

Narrative, 88 mins, Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, Mexico, 2020

Rodrigo is a solitary teenager, a king in the private world he shares with his mother. Things change when she takes her new boyfriend to live in their small house on the outskirts of Mexico City. Rodrigo must decide if he can accept his new family or fight for his throne, crushing the happiness of the person he loves the most.

Preceded by LA CIGUEÑA

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