Liberación Film Festival

The Liberación Film Festival is the newest addition to the Afro-Latino Festival NYC programming.  Afro-Latino Festival NYC is an educational and cultural platform celebrating the contributions made by people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean to New York City and to the world. Now in its 6th year, the festival has built a community of local and international attendees whom through panel discussions, culinary presentations, film screenings, art installations, music and folkloric showcases affirm, educate and celebrate.  A portion of proceeds goes to support the oral history collection and digital preservation work of the Afrolatin@ Project, Inc.

 

Negro: A Docu-series on Latino Identity (2012)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Social Movements | 12–1:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

Director: Dash Harris
Language: English and Spanish w/ English subtitles. | Duration: 16 min | Country: Various

Negro is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Through candid interviews from Latinos, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color complex is deconstructed.

Awakened/Despertando (2019)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Social Movements | 12–1:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

A first look
Director: Juan Mejia Botero and Marco Williams

Language: English and Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 15 min | Country: Ferguson, MO, USA & Buenaventura, Colombia

In recent years we’ve been harshly reminded that White supremacy lies at the foundation of nation states across the Western world. Black youth today find themselves at a pivotal time – Awakening, Questioning, Asserting their position against the violence against Black lives and Black bodies. In AWAKENING / DESPERTANDO, Black youth from Ferguson, MO and Buenaventura, Colombia embark on a journey to discover what it means to be Black in different corners of the world. Using digital cameras they document their lives, forging a black lives matter bridge across the 2500 miles that separate them.

Braids: The Politics of Aesthetics/Trenzas: La Política de la Aestetica (2018)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Social Movements | 12–1:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

A U.S. premiere
Director: Alberto Barrow

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles |  Duration: 7 minutes | Country: Panama

Through narratives of young women, this film explores the self-affirmation, social and political revindication that has been part of the movement for natural hair in Panama. Followed by Q&A with directors Alberto Barrow, Dash Harris, Juan Mejia.

Panama Al Brown: When The Fist Opens/Cuando El Puño Se Abre (2018)

July 14, 2018

12:30–2pm | Experimental Theater | $12

A U.S. premiere
Director: Carlos Aguilar

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles
Country: Panama

In 1929 Panama Al Brown became the first boxing world champion from Latin America. Panama has had nearly 30 world champions and the story of Panama  Al Brown,  is where the history of boxing in Panama begins. Emigrating from Panama to New York in 1923 and eventually became world champion. He then moved to Paris, where he became friends with intellectuals and  artists of the time like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Coco Chanel. Watch the trailer online hereFollowed by Q&A with director Carlos Aguilar.

Manos Sucias (2015)

July 14, 2018

1–3:45pm | Underground Theater | $12

Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 1:24 hr | Country: Colombia

A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating the growing tension between them. Watch the trailer online here. Followed by talkback with Gimena Sanchez (Washington Office on Latin America – WOLA), Marino Cordoba (Afrodesc) and Hugo Tovar (Office of Peace Equity OIM, Colombia)

Nosso Sagrado/The Sacred in Us (2018)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Brazil | Showtime: 1-3:45pm | Studio 202 | $12

A U.S. premiere
Directors: Jorge Santana, Fernando Sousa and Gabriel Barbosa

Language: Portuguese w/ English subtitles | Duration: 31 min | Country: Brazil

In the First Republic (1889-1930) as well as in the Vargas Era (1930-1945) the traditional terreiro communities were criminalized, their persecuted religious and their sacred objects were seized. In Rio de Janeiro, there are records that more than 200 objects were seized by the police, which after the end of the official criminalization became part of the collection in the Museum of Civil Police. The documentary Nosso Sagrado deals with the past of persecution of traditional terreiro communities, the “Black Magic” collection found in the Police Museum, the difficulty of access to the collection by religious, researchers and the population in general, as well as the struggle for to release the sacred objects that have been in the possession of the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro for 100 years. Watch the trailer online here.

Dara: The First Time I Went to Heaven / A primeira vez que fui ao Céu (2016)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Brazil | Showtime: 1-3:45pm | Studio 202 | $12

A U.S. premiere
Directors: Renato Candido

Language: Portuguese w/ English subtitles | Duration: 18 min | Country: Brazil

Dara reflects on a 10 year old black girl from the rural area of Nova Sour, Brazil in the 1960s. On the eve of migrating to São Paulo, Dara wants to set up a swing in the cashew tree of the place where she lives with her grandparents and her little brother. However her parents are already in São Paulo, it’s time for the girl to leave. Watch the trailer online here. Followed by Q&A- Renato Candido (Director), Heloisa Helena Costa Berto (Umbanda Activist)

Dreamtown (2016)

July 14, 2018

2:20-4pm | Experimental Theater | $12

Director: Betty Bastidas

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 1:10 hr | Country: Ecuador

In celebration of this year’s World Cup, we present DreamTown, a feature documentary capturing the lives of three Afro-Ecuadorians including Anibal Chalá (Dallas FC), in their ardent pursuit of playing professional soccer. Watch the trailer online here. Followed by Q&A with director Betty Bastidas.

Dance With Your Heart (2014)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program- Identity & Cultural Heritage | 3:30–4:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

Director: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 10:21 mins | Country: Cuba

Jennyselt Galata from the group Osain del Monte is an internationally renowned dancer of AfroCuban folkloric dances, She seeks her successor to maintain the legacy of the Afro-Cuban culture, its dances and religion. For this, we enter a world of folk dances for children in Juanelo, one of the poorer communities in Havana. Watch the trailer online here.

Ori Inu: In Search of Self (2016)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program- Identity & Cultural Heritage | 3:30–4:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

Directors: Chelsea Odufu & Emann Odufu

Language: English | Duration: 30 min | Country: Trinidad & Tobago and U.S.

Ori Inu: In Search of Self is a coming-of-age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble. The film stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins and feature the Grammy-nominated Afropean duo Les Nubians among others. Watch the trailer online here.

Dirty Skin/ Pele Suja Minha Carne (2016)

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program- Identity & Cultural Heritage | 3:30–4:20pm | Studio 202 | $12

A U.S. premiere
Directors: Bruno Ribiero

Language: Portuguese w/ English subtitles
Duration: 11 min
Country: Brazil

João takes a bath after another soccer play with his white friends. This film examines identity through the lens of race, class and heteronormativity. Watch the trailer online here.

Jimmy Jean Louis Goes to Tijuana

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Displacement & Resilience | 4:05–5:25pm | Experimental Theater | $12

Director: Todd Kellstein/Haitian Chicken

Language: English | Duration: 15:23 min | Country: Mexico/Haiti

What do Tijuana and Haitians have in common? Recently… a whole lot. Tijuana has become a home for a community of thousands of Haitian refugees. They took great risk and traveled long distances to live somewhere they felt would be a better life and provide better working conditions. However, many of them have gotten stuck on the south side of the US border due to recent border control laws. Living in limbo, many of these refugees are still in need of proper shelter, resources and opportunities. Rainn Wilson and Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis have teamed on a very important lunch break to give you a peek into what life as a Haitian refugee in Tijuana is like.

AfroFuturos: A Defend PR Short

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Displacement & Resilience | 4:05–5:25pm | Experimental Theater | $12

A world premiere
Director: Mikey Cordero & Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi for Defend PR

Language: English | Duration: 15:23 min | Country: Puerto Rico

Identity and racism, topics that despite all the crisis, despite all the social and economic political issues, is not being discussed in Puerto Rico. This Defend Puerto Rico Short introduces you to scholars, artists and entrepreneurs exploring what it means to be afro-boricua in the last colony and how they strive to have their work inspire a confrontation to these issues and undeniable lineage.

Drums of Resistance: La Boquilla, Colombia

July 14, 2018

Part of Shorts Program – Displacement & Resilience | 4:05–5:25pm | Experimental Theater | $12

Director: Sheila Walker, PhD

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 20 min | Country: Colombia

The Afro-Colombian fishing community of La Boquilla, bordering the city of Cartagena, is threatened by the tourist and hotel industry that wants its land. A dynaic group of young musicians is using their talent to promote their culture and assert their right to their homes and lifestyle. Followed by Q&A with directors Sheila Walker, Mikey Cordero Christel Cornilsen

Angélica (2016)

July 14, 2018

4:30–6:30pm | Experimental Theater | $12

Director: Marisol Gómez Mouakad

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles | Duration: 1:35 hr | Country: Puerto Rico

Angélica works in a clothes factory in New York, sewing her own designs in the little spare time free from the demands of boyfriend Jose. Then her father Wilfredo has a heart attack and she flies home to Puerto Rico. Wilfredo is black, but Angélica’s mother is white, and it’s only upon her return that she fully understands the virulent racism (and sexism) she’s battled all her life. She finally grasps the choice she must make: conform to the wishes of those who should have her interests at heart, or follow her own path, independent but completely alone. Watch the trailer online here. Followed by Q&A with director Marisol Gómez Mouakad and actress Kisha Tikina Burgos.

One on One: AfrolatinTalks with Elvis Nolasco

July 14, 2018

6-7pm |  Underground Theater | Free for all ticket holders subject to theater capacity

Join us for a one-on-one conversation with actor Elvis Nolasco from Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It and TBS’s Claws. We will discuss his  trajectory, professional and personal experiences of Afrolatinidad or identity, his current projects, future goals and advice for those aspiring to enter the film/tv business.

SOUNDSCAPE:
DJ Moniki (Brazil)
DJ Chong (Dominican Republic)
DJ King Kong (Mexico)

FOOD & BEVERAGE LANDSCAPE
La Bebida: Tap + Cork Tasting Experience

In collaboration with Tap+Cork we present a unique Tasting Experience with the only Latin and African diaspora film and wine festival. A day of shorts, features, documentaries, talkbacks, food, vendors, music PLUS a selection of curated beers and wines. Get a Full Day Tasting Pass ($50) or a single Film ($12) or Single Day ($35) pass and upgrade to your Tasting Experience ($20). ** – Tasting Experience available via pre-sale ONLY.

A NewYorican Thing Food Truck By Chopped Chef Suzanne Montalvo (Puerto Rican)
Website: https://www.anewyoricanthing.com
Instagram: @anewyoricanthing

Sandwich Girl NYC  (Mediterranean/Latin American)
Instagram: @sandwichgirlnyc

Miss Holly’s Smokehouse BBQ
Instagram: @misshollyssmokehouse

VENDORS
Babe Comets, Jewelry
Instagram: @babecomets

Project Achieve – New York Blood Center
Instagram: @projectachievenyc

Fundación DRECCA (Cali, Colombia) Colombian afro and indigenous art and jewelry
Facebook: facebook.com/fundacion.drecca

Forever Chong, Clothing


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