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Tierra Caliente
Director/Writer – Alvaro D. Ruiz
Colombia/ 21 min/ Drama

In Colombia, where there are no seasons, it is common for people from cold cities to travel to warmer parts of the country, theTierra Caliente (Hot Lands), in search of a summer sojourn. Culturally, Tierra Caliente has become a place where anything can happen… where anyone can let go and be free. As the mercury rises, a secret turns a trip to Tierra Caliente into a weekend that Verónica, Lucia and their boyfriends will never forget.
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En Colombia, donde no hay estaciones, es común que la gente de ciudades frías viaje a lugares más calientes, la Tierra Caliente, en busca de un verano inmediato. Culturalmente, la Tierra Caliente se ha convertido en un lugar donde todo es permitido… donde todo puede pasar. A medida que la temperatura sube, un secreto hace que el viaje a Tierra Caliente de Lucía, Verónica y sus novios, termine siendo un fin de semana que ninguno olvidará.


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Director/Writer – Vadim Lasca
Venezuela/ 17 min/ Drama

Fabricio, a Chavista young man, is stuck at home during the rioting occurred in Venezuela on 2014. Alejandra, his former opposition girlfriend, who is participating in the street rioting, is pursued by the National Guard, and arrives, without knowing, to the Fabricio’s house, who helps her to hide. Due to the volatile situation in the streets, Alejandra should stay with Fabricio until it is safe to get out. During this time together should deal with their political differences, which in the past led to their separation.
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Fabricio, un joven chavista, se encuentra atrapado en su casa durante los disturbios que ocurrieron en Venezuela el 2014. Alejandra, su ex novia opositora, quien participa en las protestas, es perseguida por la Guardia Nacional y llega, sin saber, hasta la casa de Fabricio, quien la ayuda a esconderse. Debido a la volátil situación en la calle Alejandra debe quedarse con Fabricio hasta que sea seguro salir de ahí. Durante ese tiempo juntos deberán lidiar con sus diferencias políticas, que en el pasado ocasionaron su separación.

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Mexican Cuisine
Director/Writer – Fran Guijarro
USA/ 4 min/ Documentary

A film about the taste of Mexican immigration in California.

Mexican Cuisine is a short film about the taste of immigration in the United States. Images show a reality very present in American society , but somehow ‘invisible’ way to the eyes of many : the fact that in the kitchens of many restaurants , whether nationality they are, the cooks are Mexican immigrants.

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Mexican Cuisine es un cortometraje sobre el sabor de la inmigración en Estados Unidos. Sus imágenes muestran una realidad bien presente en la sociedad americana, pero de alguna manera ‘invisible’ para los ojos de muchos: el hecho de que en las cocinas de muchos restaurantes, sean éstos de la nacionalidad que sean, los cocineros son inmigrantes mexicanos.

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Libertad
Director – Brenda Avila-Hanna
USA/ 11 min/ Documentary

Libertad is the story of Alejandra Santiago, an indigenous transwoman from Oaxaca whose life journey transcends multiple borders.

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Emigrar Sin Ganso Winter Migration
Director – Peter Asley Solís Martínez / Writer – Paula Quintanar Calles
Mexico/ 11 min/ Fiction/Coming of Age

Elisa and Ganso are two teenagers and best friends living in middle class apartment buildings. This is the last afternoon they spent together before she goes to live with her mother, and she wants to do something special as a way to say goodbye to him and buy some time to take the courage to finally confess to him she’s leaving.

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El Doctor The Doctor
Director – Heather de Michelle / Writer – Jude Roth
USA/ 11 min/ Drama

In an Arizona Home Depot parking lot, a married couple – Andrew and Jen – hire undocumented day laborer Carlos and his buddy to repair their deck. As Carlos washes up in the family’s bathroom, 7-yr-old Jonah interrupts him. A tragedy of errors puts Carlos’s and Andrew’s lives at risk, leaving everyone caught between their individual consciences and the law.

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El Columpio The Swing
Director/ Writer – George Rojas
Venezuela/ 2016/ 9 min/ Fantasy/Animation/Family/Religious/Spirituality

An animated tale where life, time, nature and freedom are intertwined. Hold on because this will be the trip of a lifetime!
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Un cuento animado donde se entrelazan de manera inexorable la vida, el tiempo, la naturaleza y la libertad. ¡Sujétate bien porque éste será el viaje de tu vida!

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Dogs & Tacos
Director – Steve Bachrach / Writer – Steve Bachrach, with story contributions from Carmela Perez, Blanca Perez, Abraham Osuna, Ceindy Mata
USA/ 17 min/ Fiction/Drama

High school junior Alma Pantaleon arrives at her after-school work shift at a local South-Central Los Angeles taquería. Instead of tacos-and-burritos-as-usual, things get complicated when she finds herself stuck baby-sitting a former boyfriend’s 13 year-old kid brother, who’s no longer the ‘sweet little boy’ she remembers.

For screening times and more information about the films, visit our site: http://www.sflatinofilmfestival.com

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Diablo Devil
Director/Writer – Paula Sozzi Saslow
USA/ 21 min/ Fiction/Drama/Thriller/Action

Somewhere in Northern California, a construction worker finds a large sum of money while excavating a job site but when he learns that it is “blood money” from a drug lord, he decides to take justice into his own hands with unexpected consequences.

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Cross
Director/Writer – Gerardo Maravilla
USA/ 10 min/ Fiction/Drama/Thriller/Action

As a sick mother nods off to sleep, her teenage son anxiously sits with his new role as the family’s breadwinner. Rather than spend his night with a girl or at a house party, he sneaks out to handle the thick stack of medical bills. On the outskirts of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, he meets with Salvador, his coworker from a nearby packing and shipping plant. Salvador leads him into the dark arena of backyard boxing where he’s set to face off against a fighter almost twice his size. The odds stacked against him, he must discover if he’s got what it takes in the ring and what it takes to be a man.

For screening times and more information about the films, visit our site: http://www.sflatinofilmfestival.com
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