Tomorrow, Friday, March 3 kicks off the 34th edition of the Miami Film Festival. Before wrapping on Sunday, March 12, the popular event, which offers a particular focus on Ibero-American work, will present more than 130 films, including just under 30 feature docs, some of which are noted below.
Among the films exploring Ibero-American topics are several world premieres, including: Jeri Rice’s EMBARGO (pictured), an exploration of the complex factors behind the controversial US/Cuban policy; Luz Ruciello’s A CONCRETE CINEMA, which follows an Argentine’s quixotic dream of cinema ownership; and Brad Coley’s VOICES BEYOND THE WALL: TWELVE LOVE POEMS FROM THE MURDER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, a profile of Honduras’ sole girls’ orphanage. Other titles include Dacio Malta’s THE CAT FROM HAVANA, a tribute to Cuba’s venerable Gato Tuetro music clubs; and Alice de Andrade’s VEINTE AÑOS, which focuses on Cuba through several stories about love.
Other world premiere offerings at this year’s fest include: Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson’s SYMPHONY IN D, chronicling a musical collaboration between an acclaimed composer and Detroit residents; Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama’s DUBFIRE: ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, a portrait of the Grammy Award-winning Iranian-American DJ; Joan Kron’s TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!, a female comedian-led consideration of plastic surgery; Brad Abrahams’ LOVE AND SAUCERS, about a septuagenarian’s belief in a lifetime of extraterrestrial contact; and Fini Maza’s THE LAMBIRDS (pictured), which uncovers the story of Nepalese and Indian students defrauded by a promise of work and education in the Caribbean.