From Santo Domingo To El Barrio: 10 Must-See Latino Films At The Urbanworld Film Festival



Over the past 18 years, the Urbanworld Film Festival has given visibility to black and Latino filmmakers through a curated showcase of narrative features, documentaries, and short films that has caught the attention of Hollywood execs and other important cultural movers and shakers. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Stacy Spikes – who himself was a studio big shot before setting out on his own – Urbanworld is a low-key fest with some serious muscle from sponsors BET Networks and HBO. Their mission is simple: to provide a platform for content creators of color and advance their impact on the world of cinema.

Over five days, this New York fest also brings together the worlds of music and digital media, along with a screenplay competition that features staged readings from four finalists for a select audience of industry influencers. But don’t get ahead of yourself, five days goes by awful fast and there are a couple of dozen feature films you won’t want to miss. Here’s a rundown of the Latino films we can look forward to at this year’s edition.

Urbanworld runs September 23 – 27, 2015.

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