Must-See Latinx Films at SXSW

Image from 'The Garden Left Behind'

Every year in March, Austin becomes the epicenter for all things culture. Music diehards can find their favorite acts playing. Comedy fans can drop by a set or two by established and emerging stand-up comedians. And film aficionados? Well, they have an overabundance of riches. Having established itself as one of the coolest festivals around, South by Southwest (aka SXSW) needs no introduction. This year, their program encompasses 134 feature films including 101 world premieres as well as 64 films from first-time filmmakers.

Moreover, there is plenty of US Latino and Latin American talent to celebrate, both in front and behind the camera. And while we know you’ll be checking out that new Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron film as well as that Beto O’Rourke doc which followed his campaign, we wanted to compile a list exclusively for Latinos. Below you’ll find our favorites from the feature film lineup, from Sundance standout docs about AOC to long-awaited horror films which hope to capitalize on our fears of La Llorona.

The Garden Left Behind

Director Flavio Alves' film centers on Tina (Carlie Guevara), a 30 year-old transgender woman and her grandmother, Eliana (Miriam Cruz), have been struggling to make a life for themselves in New York since emigrating from Mexico when Tina was only six years old.  Eliana longs to return to Mexico, while Tina desires acceptance in America. The ineffable bond formed between the two formidable women has made them not only each other’s stalwart support in a hostile world but a potential millstone as well.

The Infiltrators

Following a successful Sundance Film Festival, where the film received two NEXT Awards Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's film is headed to SXSW. Based on true events, The Infiltrators is both a suspenseful account of a high-stakes mission and an emotionally charged portrait of visionary youth fighting for their community.Co-directors Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra are alumni of the NALIP Latino Media Market.

Building the American Dream

Director Chelsea Hernandez' Building the American Dream captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices.

Red 11 

From Director Robert Rodriguez' own story notes from his experiences in a Medical Research Facility, RED 11 is a horror thriller set in a dark, twisted version of the Legal Drug Research business. 

Read the Full List: www.remezcla.com

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