This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced yet another new program for the upcoming 2016 edition: Cine Sin Fronteras, which features six feature and documentary films highlighting the stories and experiences of the Latinx diaspora.
The program comes co-curated by Claudia Guzmán, the Sociocultural Program Manager for Student Involvement at UWM, and Jeanette Martin, the assistant director of the LGBT Resource Center at UWM.
"The films in Cine Sin Fronteras, literally translated to ‘Cinema Without Borders,’ transcend boundaries and blur lines, embodying the spirit of the Latinx experience," said Guzmán and Martin in a press release. "They highlight and explore myriad facets of human identity and are not confined by genre, language, country of origin, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, or ability."
"We see the potential for diverse community engagement through the cinematic celebration of Latinx heritages. As with many of our focused programs, we wish to represent Milwaukee’s rich cultural history and values," stated Jonathan Jackson, Milwaukee Film artistic and executive director.
Here are the six selections for the inaugural Cine Sin Fronteras:
"Burden of Peace (Paz y Paz)"
The documentary "Burden of Peace" follows the entire tenure of Guatemala's first female Attorney General, from raising the prosecution rate from 5 percent to 30, to managing to convict the country's former dictator on genocide charges and having to flee the country due to political corruption.
"Death by a Thousand Cuts"
This documentary from co-directors Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel chronicles the tensions between neighboring Haiti and the Dominican Republic – and how the discovery of a murderer Dominican park ranger could ignite the conflict even more.
"Kings of Nowhere (Los reyes del pueblo que no existe)"
"Kings of Nowhere" is a documentary about a small Northern Mexico town that becomes a ghost town once a dam moved in and drowned the city. However, a few families and citizens still stay behind to watch over the swamped village.
"Ovarian Psycos" introduces audiences to its titular grassroots group, a band of bike-riding Chicanas who travel around Eastside Los Angeles reclaiming the neighborhood and making the streets safer for women. The founder of the Ovarian Psycos will also be in town for one of the screenings, leading a South Side bike ride to the film.
Director Pepa San Martin's "Rara" follows a young girl trying to cope with her divorced parents' new relationships, all while dealing with her own teenage moods, romances and changes.
"The Violin Teacher (Tudo que aprendemos juntos)"
In this based-on-a-true-story drama, a talented concert violinist turns his missed opportunity to perform for the San Paolo symphony orchestra into a mission to help the children of Heliopolis – Brazil's largest favela – with the healing power of music.
The Milwaukee Film Festival will ring in the new program with a Cine Sin Fronteras launch party at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company on Thursday, Sept. 8. For more details, check out Milwaukee Film's website.
The Milwaukee Film Festival will run from Sept. 22 through Oct. 6.