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7 Prisoners (7 Prisioneiros)

In Theater: Tue, Oct 12 at 7:30pm. To provide a better life for his family in the country, 18-year-old Mateus accepts a job in a junkyard in São Paulo for his new boss, Luca. But when he and a few other boys become trapped in the dangerous world of human trafficking, Mateus will be forced to decide between working for the very man who imprisoned him or risk his and his family’s future.

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The Best Families (Las mejores familias)

In Theater: Sat, Oct 9 at 7:15pm + Tue, Oct 12 at 5:00pm. Two sets of women from opposite sides of the tracks--one a pair of bourgeoisie frenemies, the other two sisters who work as their housekeepers, come face-to-face with the long-buried secret that connects them in this stinging and uproarious satire from writer/director Javier Fuentes León.

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A Bruddah’s Mind (Cabeça de nego)

In Theater: Mon, Oct 11 at 5:00pm. As a member of his school’s Student Council, Saulo is on a mission to promote changes in his school and neighborhood. During a classroom quarrel, Saulo reacts to a racial insult from a classmate and is expelled. Outraged, he refuses to leave the school until justice is done.

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Clara Sola

In Theater: Wed, Oct 13 at 7:30pm + Thu, Oct 14 at 2:45pm. In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara's uncanny affinity for creatures large and small offers an escape from a repressively religious and withdrawn life. Swedish/Costa Rican writer/director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s atmospheric debut fiction feature glistens with moments of liberating sensuality and intensity.

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The Cover (El cover)

In Theater: Sat, Oct 9 at 9:30pm + Thu, Oct 14 at 7:30pm. Frustrated with life as a working musician in a seaside Spanish town, singer/guitarist Dani meets Adele impersonator Sandra who challenges him to face his paralyzing fear of failure in this joyous, refreshingly original new musical from writer/director Secun de la Rosa.

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El planeta

In Theater: Sun, Oct 10 at 7:30pm. Amidst post-crisis Spain, a mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve. Amalia Ulman makes her feature film directorial debut and stars opposite her real mother in this playful and insightful tale of a family on the edge.

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Executive Order (Medida Provisória)

In Theater: Fri, Oct 8 at 2:45pm + Wed, Oct 13 at 5:00pm.In Brazil’s near future, two roommates become unwitting symbols of resistance when a voluntary ‘back-to-Africa’ program for ‘high melanin’ citizens quickly becomes a violent round-up of all Black citizens in this powerful debut feature from writer/director Lazaro Ramos.

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Finlandia (Finlandia las Muxes)

US Premiere | Special Guests & Live Discussion

In Theater: Sat, Oct 9 at 3:30pm. When a Spanish fashion designer arrives in Oaxaca in order to steal clothing traditions for the European market, she quickly falls in with the colorful two-spirited Muxe community, leading to a powerful reckoning in this emotionally rich, visually stunning tapestry from writer/director Horacio Alcala.

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Liborio

In Theater: Mon, Oct 11 at 7:30pm. Liborio is a peasant turned prophet who says he’s been given a mission: to bring the good and take away the evil, curing the sick and teaching by example. Liborio explores the community and mythology of a true-life character forced to reckon with outside forces.

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Nahuel and the Magic Book (Nahuel y el libro mágico)

In Theater: Sat, Oct 9 at 1:00pm. Nahuel finds a powerful book that both gives him bravery and is coveted by a wicked sorcerer, setting him on an adventure where he must summon his own courage and face the forces of evil in this beautiful anime-styled feature from director Germán Acuña. Ages 8+

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The Other Tom (El otro Tom)

In Theater: Thu, Oct 14 at 5:00pm. Scratching out a living in a south Texas trailer park, working-class single mom Elena must find a way to treat her son with ADHD while protecting them both from a callous, profit-driven social services industry in this powerful new tale of resilience and hope.

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Prayers For the Stolen (Noche de Fuego)

Opening Night Presentation

In Theater: Fri, Oct 8 at 7:00pm. In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of those who have fled and dress up as women when no one is watching. In their own impenetrable universe, magic and joy abound; meanwhile, their mothers train them to flee from those who turn them into slaves or ghosts.

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Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

In Theater: Sun, Oct 10 at 5:00pm. Once a child awed by the majesty of the monarch butterfly, NYC entomologist Mendel is called back to his Michoacan village where he must confront his traumatic past and his own connection to the natural world in this lyrical ode metamorphosis and migration.

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Songs that Flood the River (Cantos que inundan el río)

In Theater: Sun, Oct 10 at 2:45pm. Oneida sings alabados, traditional funeral chants sung by Afro-Colombians on the Pacific coast to bid farewell to the dead as they return to the realm of souls. Mesmerizing and hypnotic director Germán Arango, weaves a melodious tale marking the scars of Colombia’s misfortune, to realize a healed future.

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Viva Kid Flicks

In Theater: Sun, Oct 10 at 1:00pm. Viva Kid Flicks celebrates the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe. The seven brilliant tales, with a range of kids’ perspectives, speak volumes in any tongue. Ages 8+

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Y tu mamá también

Special 20th Anniversary Screening

In Theater: Fri, Oct 8 at 9:30pm. 20 years ago, Alfonso Cuarón had his breakout hit with this Mexican box-office comedy smash that sparked controversy for its frank depiction of drug use and sexual exploration, launching the careers of Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.

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