“The Houston Latino Film Festival will be presented March 25th through 27th, 2016 at Talento Bilingue de Houston theater located in the East End. We invite you to join us for a weekend to celebrate and enjoy compelling films from some of the brightest, emerging and established filmmakers from the U.S., Latin America, Spain and Portugal.”

Here are some of the films you can expect to see at The Houston Latino Film Festival:

Viva

Find Your Voice.

Synopsis
Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly re-enters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, VIVA becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

VIVA is Ireland’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award this year.

About the Director
Born in Dublin in 1964, Paddy Breathnach has emerged as one of the more versatile directors of the new wave of Irish filmmakers who benefited from the increased availability of funding following the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board in 1992. After winning the Cork Film Festival Special Prize for his short film, A STONE OF THE HEART, Breathnach made his first feature, AILSA (1994), a stylised treatment of a short story by Joseph O’Connor. Ailsa is a moody study of male obsession, shot in the tradition of European arthouse filmmaking. This was followed by a best-selling documentary, THE ROAD TO AMERICA, about the Irish football team’s campaign to qualify for the 1994 World Cup; the six-part series, W.R.H. (1995), a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ look at life in a large hospital; and the short film, THE LONG WAY HOME (1995). In 1997 he scored a local hit with the Tarantino-inspired gangster caper, I WENT DOWN, featuring Brendan Gleeson and Peter McDonald. I Went Down topped the Irish box-office but the film suffered from poor international distribution, particularly in Britain. It did however pick up a number of international awards and was selected for the World Cinema section at the Sundance Film Festival. He has received awards at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Bogotá Film Festival.

Viento Aparte

A film by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci

Synopsis
Omar and Karina’s mother suffers a stroke during the family holidays. Abandoned and left only with luck, the siblings start a long journey to their grandmother’s house. On the way they will face a broken and divided country, wounded by mistrust, resentment and violence. VIENTO APARTE features diverse characters, many of which are strangers in their own land, and people who come and go along a labyrinthine road, until their final destination.

About the Director
Alejandro Gerber Bicecci is a director, screenwriter, producer and graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico. He has written, directed and produced two feature films, VAHO (2009) and VIENTO APARTE (2014), both of which have played and won awards at various national and international festivals.

No Más Bebés

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.

Synopsis
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. No Más Bebés tells the story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.

About the Director
RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA is an Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker whose films on immigration, race and social issues include Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha, Labor Women, The New Americans, and Calavera Highway. Her films have screened at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Whitney Biennial. She is now Director of the Center of EthnoCommunications at UCLA, where she is a professor and holds an endowed chair in Japanese American Studies. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Alpert Award in the Arts, the USA Broad Fellowship, and a Peabody.

Talento Bilingue holds an important place in Houston’s history.

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“During the 1920s, the East End made Houston a veritable melting pot of new residents. Caused by a mix of social turmoil in Mexico, coupled with the labor-hungry economy, Houston accepted thousands of Hispanic immigrants. This influx of immigration began to shape much of east Houston with the construction of many new neighborhoods. Today, whether you are looking for somewhere to eat, a place to explore murals, urban art or theatre; the East End is designated as an artistic hub of creativity by Houstonians and as a cultural district by the State of Texas. The Houston Latino Film Festival is proud to host the festival at Talento Bilingue de Houston located in the East End.”


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