Chicago Latino Film Festival @ SAC
The first Chicago Latino Film Festival was held at St. Augustine College, home of the Essanay Studios, where Charlie Chaplin produced some of his most remarkable silent films. This year we continue our partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago to highlight the value of education and the arts to the residents of the Chicagoland area.
St. Augustine College and the Chicago Latino Film Festival will hold 6 movie screenings
April 5, 6, 12 & 13 at the Charlie Chaplin Auditorium.
St. Augustine College
1345 W. Argyle St.
Chicago, IL 60614
General Admission $12
ILCC Member/Student/Senior Admission $10
Tickets available at (773) 878-8756 or at the door
Tickets include film & refreshments
Saturday, April 5 - 6:00pm
The Eternal Night of Twelve Moons / La Eterna Noche de las Doce Lunas
Colombia, 2013, 87 min.
Director: Priscila Padilla
On the Guajira peninsula in northern Columbia the old traditions of the indigenous Wayuu still hold sway. As soon as they begin menstruating, young women have to go and spend a year in a simple hut where only a few women are allowed to visit them. Contact with men is taboo. The grandmother is chiefly responsible for preparing the girl for her role as a woman during this period of seclusion. Pili is 12 years old when, for her grandmother's sake, she decides to follow this custom. But does she really know what she is taking on?
Sunday, April 6 - 6:00 pm
Stocker of Delirium / Fogonero del Delirio
Mexico, 2011, 90 min.
A visual, exploratory, curatorial tour of the life and work of Alejandro Colunga, one of the most emblematic, contradictory and surprising artists of the last few decades of Mexican art.
Saturday, April 12 - 6:00pm
Javier Sicilia, In Solitude with Others / Javier Sicilia, En Soledad del Otro
Mexico, 2013, 58 min.
Director: Luisa Riley
A documentary that takes us to the most painful place in Mexico, the place left by the dead and the disappeared of the war against drugs, where desperate claims for justice resound. It is an encounter on a Mexico in resistance. It is a reflection with Javier Sicilia, about his pain over the murder of his son Juan Francisco, who was the mirror that acknowledged many other victims of violence.
& showing after Javier Sicilia...
For the Love of Mom
USA, 2013, 27 min.
Directors: Yamit Fuentes, Mike Flores
This film highlights the emotional stories of two mothers that have lost their children to gun violence. It thoughtfully captures the heartache and agony mothers face when they learn of the tragic and unexpected death of their innocent child. These two stories ought to remind viewers of the precious and fragile lives that are too often ended by senseless gun violence. The film was produced in an effort to connect with Chicago youth and to get them to think about the emotional impact and suffering that these senseless acts bring victims' families - especially their loving mothers.
Sunday, April 13, - 6:00 pm
Majesty / Reinas
Panama, 2013, 65 min.
Director: Ana Endara Mislov
Majesty is a portrait of the queens phenomenon in Panama, an incredibly widespread custom which has been so far free of any judgment or criticism. Here, thousands of queens are crowned each year. A large part of the female population dreams about being a queen and we are inducted from childhood into this dream. The documentary is a compendium of queens as explained by those participating in “queen ceremonies” in one way or another –and who give enormous amounts of time, effort and money to make them work. Together, these voices provide a collective explanation of the phenomenon from the inside.
And showing after Majesty...
The Marthas / Las Marthas
USA, 2013 , 60min.
Director: Cristina Ibarra
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. Part of the largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the world, a select group of mostly Mexican American girls is chosen each year to dress in elaborate gowns representing iconic figures from America’s colonial history. Their goal: to recreate a party hosted by Martha Washington, but this time set along the US/Mexico border. A year in the making, each girls’ dress can weigh 100lbs and cost up to $30,000 -- nearly the median family income of Laredo. Las Marthas follows two of the girls – Laurita Garza Hovel and Rosario Reyes -- as they prepare for this extraordinary rite of passage.