#SXSW began March 16th and runs until March 20th! Here are some of the Latinx projects and filmmakers to look out for:
1.) Narrative Spotlight: Language Lessons
by director Natalie Morales
About: a Spanish teacher and her student who develop an unexpected friendship.
2.) Documentary Spotlight: Fruits of Labor
by director Emily Cohen Ibañez
About: a Mexican-American teenage farmworker who dreams of graduating high school, when ICE raids in her community threaten to separate her family and force her to become her family’s breadwinner.
3.) Global Narrative Feature: Bantú Mama
by director: Iván Herrera
About: Having its World premiere in the Global section of the festival, the film follows an Afropean woman who escapes after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She is sheltered by a group of minors, in a dangerous district of Santo Domingo. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change inexorably.
4.) Debut Feature: Executive Order
by director: Lázaro Ramos
About: Starring Ramos himself, the film is set in a dystopian near future in Brazil, where an authoritarian government orders all citizens of African descent to move to Africa—creating chaos, protests, and an underground resistance movement that inspires the nation.
5.) Documentary Short: Águilas
by director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Maite Zubiaurre
About: Along the scorching desert border in Arizona, it is estimated that only one out of every five missing migrants are ever found. Águilas is the story of one group of searchers, the Águilas del Desierto.
6.) Animated Short: Nuevo Rico
by director: Kristian Mercado
About: a brother and sister stumbling upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at a deep price.
7.) Midnight Short: Flick
by director: Ariel Zengotita
About: a reclusive college student who is driven mad after picking a booger he can’t flick away
8.) Narrative Feature: Women is Losers
by director: Lissette Feliciano
About: In 1960s San Francisco, a once-promising catholic school girl, Celina Guerrera, sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future for herself that sets new precedents for the time.