New York Latino 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 15th New York Latino Film Festival

Dates:
August 22-26

About:
This well-regarded event showcasing the work of Latinx talent in film went dormant between 2013-2016, but returned last year. This year’s anniversary edition offers two dozen features, among them 10 documentaries.

RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME

Among these are the opening night film, Abner Benaim’s SXSW debuting RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME, on the salsa icon; Rudy Valdez’s Sundance audience award winner THE SENTENCE, a deeply personal look at the impact of mandatory minimum laws on the filmmaker’s family; and Gloria Carrión Fonseca’s IDFA premiere, HEIRESS OF THE WIND, an intimate history of Nicaragua and her revolutionary parents.

WHEN I GROW UP (SER GRANDE)

Other docs include Brian Kaufman’s THE WALL, on the potential impact of Trump’s US/Mexico border wall; Karen Rossi’s WHEN I GROW UP (SER GRANDE), which follows Puerto Rican youth as they discover their voices; and Roberto Russo’s ANGEL IN THE CITY, which profiles Bronx hip hop legends as they navigate life after 50.

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