5 Latinx Films To See At SXSW 2017

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By Richard Gonzalez

The entire film world will descend upon Austin, Texas this week for the SXSW Film Festival, and the Latinx community will be greatly represented. We have picked five films that everyone should add to their calendars. From short films to mainstream Hollywood releases, there is something for everyone, and with immigration issues at the forefront of the news, the panel discussions following these screenings should be a great platform for the filmmakers’ voices to heard.

Here are Latinx Spaces Top 5 Films to See at SXSW 2017.

Colossal

Poster by NEON

Poster by NEON

Anne Hathaway stars as Gloria, a girl living in New York but forced to return to her hometown when she loses her job and boyfriend. While back at home, she finds out she has a strange connection to a Kaiju that is attacking Seoul, South Korea. The film was voted Best Picture at this years Fantastic Fest and received great reviews at Sundance. Colossal is the latest “creature” from Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo.

Country: United States

Screenings:

March 10th at 6:30pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

March 14th at 4:15pm - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

March 16th at 2:15pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

March 17th at 8:30pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

As I Walk Through The Valley

Photo By Jaime Perez

Photo By Jaime Perez

As I Walk Through The Valley is a documentary about the evolution of the underground punk rock scene in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The region mostly known for its Norteño roots shows how its beginnings in Ranchera music in the 60’s and 70’s was molded by social movements of the time and moved into a punk and hardcore scene. The film is an oral history told by musicians, promoters, and fans of the scene that lived it.

Country: United States

Screenings:

March 12th at 7:30pm - Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

March 14th at 4:00pm - Zach Theatre

March 17th at 1:45pm - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Residente

Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero

Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero

After taking a DNA test, Residente, one of the founding members of one of Latin America’s most powerful rap groups, Calle 13, walked away at the peak of the group’s success in order to travel the world for two years to reconnect with his roots and discover music from all over the world. The film follows him on his journey and highlights his goal to “make music based on his DNA.” He has also launched a website where fans can see where is he in the world and share in his experiences.

Join the journey at:

http://residente.com/en/

Country: Puerto Rico

Screenings:

March 11th at 9:30pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

March 14th at 1:45pm - Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

March 16th - 11:00am - Zach Theatre

Divine Divas

Courtesy of Daza Filmes

Courtesy of Daza Filmes

Eight iconic characters from the first generation of transvestite artists in Brazil are the subject of this film. Their show, called “Divinas Divas,” began in the 1960’s in the middle of a military dictatorship. The show was held at the Rival Theatre in Brazil, and was run by the director of the film, Leandra Leal’s father Americo Leal. The film follows the characters 50-year careers and how their art has stood for creativity, a struggle for human rights, and as a political protest on issues that still affect Brazil today.

Country: Brazil

Screenings:

March 11th at 8:15pm - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

March 12th at 11:00am - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

March 14th at 2:00pm - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar

Lucia, Before and After

Courtesy of akvalia.com

Courtesy of akvalia.com

Described as an “anti-road trip” film, Lucia travels from Odessa to El Paso, Texas to get an abortion. Once in El Paso she finds out that she must wait the state mandated twenty-four hours before she can have the procedure. The film follows the main character as she spends the night in a place she doesn’t know awaiting one of the most difficult decisions of her life. The film recently won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival.

Country: United States

Screenings:

March 10th at 8:00pm - Vimeo Theatre

March 13th at 11:30am - Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

March 16th at 9:15 - Zach Theater