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Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive sweatshops often owned by the world's largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, and it is there that they try to balance the struggle for survival with their own radicalization in this hard-hitting and ultra-relevant documentary. | Read MoreDocumentary
At 17, mild-mannered Rosa Jiménez came to the United States to provide a better life for her family back in Mexico. This riveting, heartbreaking film examines how she comes to stand accused of murder in a Texas courtroom. Co-hosted with The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
My Radio starts with a little girl and a box of colored chalk. Four lines and a couple of circles later, her imaginary radio is finished. She then tunes in to a fantastic radio station that exists only in her mind, and we are allowed a glimpse into her inner world and the beings that populate it. This charming film, buoyed along by the carefree humor of its little star, is a celebration of the unique fantasy worlds that children so effortlessly create. | Read More
Having grown up in a tiny hardscrabble village in the Mexican highlands, Martin sets out for Mexico City to seek his own destiny, and to save his father and mother from the marginalization to which they seem destined. An impressively crafted and moving first feature.
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A black comedy about a man whose plan to end his life in a blaze of glory goes strangely awry. Sergio has dreamed all his life about having a tragic death and sharing it with someone he loved. But he was never very lucky with women. And just before the great moment, Sergio is interrupted by a phone call that takes him away from his goal. Born in Mexico City. | Read MoreDrama
Fifty years ago, Diego Rivera, Gabriel Figueroa, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo collaborated on a documentary film about Rivera, but it was never finished until now, after Figueroa's son and Rivera's grandson decided to show how these three great artists shared a vision. Co-hosted with The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. | Read More
Stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna and producers Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) present a splendid, riotous film about a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers whose rivalry takes them from their jobs on a small-town banana ranch to star spots on opposing soccer teams. | Read MoreDrama, Comedy, Sports
Reality and fantasy entangle in the semi-autobiographical tale of a twentysomething misfit's loopy trip through manhood in the dusty US-Mexico border town of El Paso, Texas. While director/writer/star Omar Rodriguez Lopez's psychedelic sonic sensibilities are most well-known for fueling the Grammy-winning rockers The Mars Volta, it is piercingly clear that he is also as a riveting and rare voice for independent American cinema. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Told using Mexico's 200 year-old beautiful tradition of corrido music, To The Other Side recounts the story of an aspiring corrido composer facing two life-changing choices: to traffic drugs or unlawfully cross the border into the United States. The film uncovers the dangers and tragedy of drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
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Four people forced to fend for themselves in life -- a burdened twelve-year-old boy, the cashier he has a crush on, an angry taxi driver and the estranged daughter of one of his passengers -- come together in
two embraces. An auspicious film debut and poignant tale of lonely people who find a glimmer of hope in each other in today's Mexico City. | Read MoreDrama