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LatinReel Latin Reel is a year-round social impact initiative in the intersection of social justice and film. Support Latin Reel: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/latin-reel

Developed to foster understanding, inspire cross-cultural discussions, and generating long-lasting change throughout New York City and beyond. Latin Reel is deeply interested in presenting films that highlight impactful perspectives and supporting filmmakers who are breaking down stereotypes while going beyond raising awareness through thought-provoking storytelling to create large-scale impact.

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Latin Reel needs your support. As the end of 2020 is only one day away, we are asking our friends to help us. Now more t...
12/30/2020

Latin Reel needs your support. As the end of 2020 is only one day away, we are asking our friends to help us. Now more than ever it is vital for our voices to be heard.

Please consider a contribution to help us continue our work. No donation is too small. We are very grateful for your support.

https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/latin-reel

Ensure that Latinx Filmmakers are Heard! Make a year-end contribution to LatinReel. Your gift directly supports artists!...
12/22/2020

Ensure that Latinx Filmmakers are Heard! Make a year-end contribution to LatinReel. Your gift directly supports artists!

We continue to be committed to supporting filmmakers whose work breaks down barriers, defies stereotypes, and deals directly with the inequalities that exist in our world, while providing new, unique, and impactful perspectives. Latin Reel knows that film has the power to create long-lasting systemic change. You are a part of that change.

https://mailchi.mp/8147fdacc9e3/ensure-that-latinx-filmmakers-are-heard

DOC NYC Encore through 11/29. Use our discount. Check the 6th EFFNY lineup.Film screenings continue with DOC NYC Encore ...
11/25/2020
DOC NYC Encore through 11/29. Use our discount. Check EFFNY lineup.

DOC NYC Encore through 11/29. Use our discount. Check the 6th EFFNY lineup.

Film screenings continue with DOC NYC Encore through this Sunday! Have you planned out which of this year’s top documentaries you’ll watch over the Thanksgiving weekend?

Latin Reel is deeply excited to have joined as a Co-presenter this year.

The 6th Ecuadorian Film Festival in NY is running December 1-6 and it will be offered online only and be available to viewers across the U.S. and Ecuador. Latin Reel is proudly co-presenting Madre Luna.

Read our newsletter for more info!

https://mailchi.mp/764f2767a0ac/doc-nyc-encore-and-effny

Film screenings continue with DOC NYC Encore through this Sunday! Have you planned out which of this year’s top documentaries you’ll watch over the Thanksgiving weekend? Check out www.docnyc.net to read on for more!

Join us for the 6th EFFNY, starting on December 1st and through December 6th. We'll be co-presenting Madre Luna, directe...
11/24/2020
Madre Luna

Join us for the 6th EFFNY, starting on December 1st and through December 6th.

We'll be co-presenting Madre Luna, directed by #DaisyBurbano, a compelling immigrant story of Ecuadorian mothers and families settled in Italy and their struggle to regain custody of their children.

The film premieres on Wed, Dec 2. 8:00pm ET
Q&A on Wed, Dec 2, 10:00pm ET on EFFNY page.

Film Festival Pass: $20
Films available online in the US & Ecuador.

You will have access to the films from Tuesday, Dec 01 to Sunday, Dec 06 2020. The Jury Award Winner movie will be available for one additional week.

https://latinreel.com/films/madre-luna/

In Italy, a group of Latino migrant mothers of different socioeconomic conditions fight against the unfair child protection system in Italy that has taken away

Focusing on a trio of Cuban defectors who live and train together in Costa Rica as they try to land a lucrative contract...
11/20/2020

Focusing on a trio of Cuban defectors who live and train together in Costa Rica as they try to land a lucrative contract in the U.S., the film portrays just how high the stakes are for athletes who are betting not only their careers, but also their livelihood and that of their families back home, on a future that’s far from a guaranteed home run.

Read this The Hollywood Reporter review that just came out about The Last Out, by Sami Khan and Michael Gassert. Watch the movie as part of the DOC NYC Encore program until November 29.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/the-last-out-film-review-doc-nyc-2020

Five Years North, directed by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple and produced by Jenna Kelly wins the Grand Jury Prize for t...
11/19/2020

Five Years North, directed by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple and produced by Jenna Kelly wins the Grand Jury Prize for the Metropolis Competition at DOC NYC.

Jurors’ statement: “For its use of a keen empathetic eye to capture individual stories and its ability to blend them to create a multi-dimensional, far-reaching portrait of a pressing issue, we recognize Five Years North with the Grand Jury Prize. The prolonged filming period not only shows the patience and dedication of its filmmakers, but reveals the nuance and complexities of the participants’ lives and stories.”

Just 70 miles north of the Mexican-US border is a land haunted by ghosts. Brooks County, Texas is a barren landscape des...
11/18/2020

Just 70 miles north of the Mexican-US border is a land haunted by ghosts. Brooks County, Texas is a barren landscape designed as a deterrent to illegal crossings, but people continue to attempt to cross, and many die trying. The municipality lacks the resources to properly deal with this sad reality, and the numbers keep rising. Multiple locals proffer contrasting opinions as two families search for their loved ones, and the toll of an unsustainable immigration policy is laid bare.

Watch Missing in Brooks County, directed by #LisaMolomot and #JeffBemiss at DOC NYC until November 19.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director/Producer Lisa Molomot, subjects Omar Roman-Gomez and Dr. Kate Spradley immediately following the film.

https://latinreel.com/films/missing-in-brooks-county/

Landfall by Cecilia Aldarondo wins the Grand Jury Award at DOC NYC.
11/18/2020

Landfall by Cecilia Aldarondo wins the Grand Jury Award at DOC NYC.

Venezuela’s recent political upheavals are made vivid in A La Calle—meaning “to the street.” Covering multiple perspecti...
11/17/2020

Venezuela’s recent political upheavals are made vivid in A La Calle—meaning “to the street.” Covering multiple perspectives in the tradition of epic documentaries such as The Square or Winter on Fire, the film captures history unfolding over several years. Filmmakers Maxx Caicedo and Nelson G. Navarrete—Venezuelan himself—gain close access to Leopoldo López, whose arrest and imprisonment inspires a national movement against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. This vital chronicle not only helps us understand Venezuela, it also exemplifies a spirit of resistance against corruption that is universally inspiring.

Watch A LA CALLE, directed by Maxx Caicedo and Nelson González Navarrete, playing nationwide at DOC NYC until Nov 19.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Directors Maxx Caicedo and Nelson Gonzalez Navarrete, Subject Nixon Leal Toro, and Translator Ikira Di Lorenzo, immediately following the film.

https://latinreel.com/films/a-la-calle/

Lorine Padilla rose to prominence as the “first lady” of the Savage Skulls gang in 1970s New York City. As the wife of o...
11/17/2020

Lorine Padilla rose to prominence as the “first lady” of the Savage Skulls gang in 1970s New York City. As the wife of one of its founders, Padilla’s position as surrogate mother led her to push her penchant for organizing into a life of community activism. After settling into her elder years, a tragic incident in the Bronx forces Padilla back into action to take on a new cause.

Watch La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla at DOC NYC until November 19.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director/Producer/Writer Raquel Cepeda, immediately following the film.

https://latinreel.com/films/la-madrina-the-savage-life-of-lorine-padilla/

Three talented Cuban athletes leave their families and homes behind as they set off in pursuit of the ultimate dream: a ...
11/16/2020

Three talented Cuban athletes leave their families and homes behind as they set off in pursuit of the ultimate dream: a contract with Major League Baseball. They travel to Costa Rica and train under a seedy sports agent who dangles promises while exploiting their talents. As they navigate immigration and the ulterior motives of handlers, each man finds an unexpected path forward to a better life.

Watch The Last Out, directed by Sami Khan and Michael Gassert at DOC NYC until November 19.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Sami Khan & Michael Gassert (Directors), Carla Gutierrez (Editor), immediately following the film.

DOC NYC Live event: Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2 ET on Facebook Live– Filmmakers Sami Khan (Oscar nominated for St. Louis Superman) and Michael Gassert discuss the journey of Cuban baseball players with dreams of playing in the major leagues.

An intimate and lyrical portrait of trauma, resilience, and resistance in Puerto Rico at a time when economic, political...
11/16/2020

An intimate and lyrical portrait of trauma, resilience, and resistance in Puerto Rico at a time when economic, political, and ecological forces post-Hurricane María have created a breeding ground for new predatory colonial practices. Told through the experiences of a close-knit community of hopeful and politicized people and through the encounters with cryptocurrency traders, luxury real estate developers, and newcomers flooding the island, Cecilia Aldarondo’s film raises vital questions about identity, survival, and recolonization.

Watch Landfall, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo at DOC NYC until November 19.

DOC NYC Live event: Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1 ET on Facebook Live– Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo reflects on her documentary about Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

https://latinreel.com/films/landfall-2/

Two young men are forcibly returned to Jamaica after a lifetime in Britain, as part of a controversial government policy...
11/13/2020

Two young men are forcibly returned to Jamaica after a lifetime in Britain, as part of a controversial government policy on national identity.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Ellen Evans (Director), immediately following the film.

Watch Motherland, directed by Ellen Evans playing nationwide virtually at DOC NYC until Nov 19.

This film is part of the shorts program SHORTS: ROOTS.

https://latinreel.com/films/motherland/

A megadrought, the consequence of climate change, has emptied a small rural town in Chile of all but the abandoned. Incl...
11/13/2020

A megadrought, the consequence of climate change, has emptied a small rural town in Chile of all but the abandoned.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Diego Collados V (Director), immediately following the film.

Watch White Nights, directed by Diego Collados V at DOC NYC until November 19. This film is part of the shorts program SHORTS: IN THIS LIFE.

https://latinreel.com/films/white-nights/

Lupita, a Tsostil Maya massacre survivor, stands at the forefront of a new movement of indigenous women.Watch Lupita, di...
11/12/2020

Lupita, a Tsostil Maya massacre survivor, stands at the forefront of a new movement of indigenous women.

Watch Lupita, directed by Monica Wise at DOC NYC until Nov 19.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with #MonicaWise (Director/Producer), immediately following the film.

https://latinreel.com/films/lupita/

Tonight! Join us to watch EMA by #PabloLarraín at the Rooftop Films Queens Drive-in. There are a few tickets on sale. Do...
11/12/2020
Ema

Tonight! Join us to watch EMA by #PabloLarraín at the Rooftop Films Queens Drive-in. There are a few tickets on sale. Doors open at 6:30pm ET.

https://latinreel.com/films/ema/

A reggaeton dancer embarks on an odyssey of liberation in this incendiary drama from Pablo Larraín.

The stunning island of Hispaniola is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries with a complicated history an...
11/10/2020

The stunning island of Hispaniola is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries with a complicated history and tense relations. In 2013, the DR’s Supreme Court retroactively stripped the citizenship of residents of Haitian descent, leaving more than 200,000 people stateless, subject to immediate deportation, and devastating loss. In the midst of staggering intolerance, attorney Rosa Iris fights to protect the rights of these disenfranchised people while leading a grassroots campaign for a better future.

Join us to watch Stateless, directed by Michelle Stephenson at @docnyc. Tickets on sale now.

In 1968, a young flight attendant bought 900 lbs of marijuana in Jamaica and tried to smuggle it out, leading to unexpec...
11/10/2020

In 1968, a young flight attendant bought 900 lbs of marijuana in Jamaica and tried to smuggle it out, leading to unexpected consequences. This film has English language closed captioning available.

Patty, Are You Bringing in Weed from Jamaica?, directed by @matthewrsalton will be playing at @docnyc, starting tomorrow Nov 11.

We are co-presenting Mucho Mucho Amor, directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabschon November 14, 7pm at the Rooft...
11/06/2020
Mucho Mucho Amor

We are co-presenting Mucho Mucho Amor, directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabschon November 14, 7pm at the Rooftop Films Queens Drive-in.

FREE with RSVP.

Virtual Q&A with directors Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch and producer @AlexFumero.

For decades, Walter Mercado mesmerized millions of Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity—then he vanished from the public eye.

Join us to watch Ema, directed by Pablo Larraín playing at the Rooftop Films Queens Drive-in on November 12. Tickets on ...
11/05/2020
Ema

Join us to watch Ema, directed by Pablo Larraín playing at the Rooftop Films Queens Drive-in on November 12. Tickets on sale now!!!

After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to the tempestuous choreographer Gastón (Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mamá También, Mozart in the Jungle), Ema, (breakout star Mariana Di Girolamo) a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín (Neruda, Jackie).

A reggaeton dancer embarks on an odyssey of liberation in this incendiary drama from Pablo Larraín.

At the edge of Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo is the small floating village of Congo Mirador. Now sinking into sediment, thi...
11/05/2020
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

At the edge of Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo is the small floating village of Congo Mirador. Now sinking into sediment, this once-prosperous fishing community is unraveling after years of criminal pollution and government neglect. Focusing on two fierce, independent women who epitomize opposing sides of this vulnerable community, Anabel Rodríguez Ríos’s film is a stunning microcosm of a global battle to safeguard cultural heritage and retain political relevancy.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded filmmaker Q&A, immediately following the film.

Join us to watch Once Upon a Time in Venezuela virtually at DOC NYC, starting on November 11.

At the edge of Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo is the small floating village of Congo Mirador.

After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance att...
11/04/2020
Five Years North

After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance attending school and finding work to support his family back home. Meanwhile, Judy, a Cuban-American ICE agent, faces her own internal conflict with the shifting enforcement priorities of her longtime career, from targeting criminals to nonviolent undocumented individuals. As these two worlds near a collision, their parallel tales present a complex and nuanced take on both immigration and civic duty.

Join us to watch Five Years North, directed by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple. Playing virtually at DOC NYC, starting on November 11. For tickets, visit DOC NYC.

After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance attending school and finding work to suppor

Filmmaker Bruno Santamaría crafts an exquisite, ephemeral profile of a Mexican teenager on the cusp of adulthood. In the...
11/03/2020
Things We Dare Not Do

Filmmaker Bruno Santamaría crafts an exquisite, ephemeral profile of a Mexican teenager on the cusp of adulthood. In the humble coastal village of El Roblito, Ñoño’s family and community live a seemingly idyllic existence. Ñoño spends time staging dance productions with local kids, but, when able to find time alone, travels to a secret place to dress as a woman. When violence disrupts El Roblito, Ñoño must decide if he will follow his dreams or remain with his conservative, loving family. This achingly beautiful film showcases the quiet and powerful acts of bravery in everyday life.

Things We Dare Not Do, directed by Bruno Santamaría will start playing virtually at DOC NYC on November 11.

Filmmaker Bruno Santamaría crafts an exquisite, ephemeral profile of a Mexican teenager on the cusp of adulthood. In the humble coastal village of El Roblito,

Each year, the slow-paced lifestyle on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is given a turbo boost by the Baja 1000, the largest off-...
10/30/2020

Each year, the slow-paced lifestyle on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is given a turbo boost by the Baja 1000, the largest off-road motorsport race in the world.

OFF THE ROAD by #JosePermar is playing virtually at DOC NYC, starting on November 11. For tickets, visit DOC NYC.

Los Hermanos/ The Brothers, directed by Marcia Jarmel and @KenSchneider will be playing virtually nationwide at DOC NYC,...
10/27/2020
Los Hermanos

Los Hermanos/ The Brothers, directed by Marcia Jarmel and @KenSchneider will be playing virtually nationwide at DOC NYC, starting on November 11.

Brothers and gifted musicians, pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar were separated during childhood after Ilmar left their native Cuba to study abroad, beginning a lifetime of being physically apart, yet always connected by music. Brief windows of open US/Cuban relations allow the brothers’ joyous reunions where they revel in each others’ company and create beautiful classical, jazz, and Latin music together. Filmmakers Ken Schneider and Marcia Jarmel take the viewer on a delightful musical tour through Cuba and the US, with appearances from acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded filmmaker Q&A, immediately following the film.

Brothers and gifted musicians, pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar were separated during childhood after Ilmar left their native Cuba to study

We are tremendously excited to join DOC NYC to Co-present the Latinx and Latin American titles this year. Read all the i...
10/24/2020
Latin Reel joins DOC NYC to Co-present the Latinx and Latin American titles this year.

We are tremendously excited to join DOC NYC to Co-present the Latinx and Latin American titles this year. Read all the information in our latest newsletter and stay tuned for updates.

DOC NYC, America's largest documentary festival, has announced the full lineup for its eleventh edition, running online from November 11-19 and available to viewers across the US. The 2020 festival includes 107 feature-length documentaries among over 200 films and dozens of events.

https://bit.ly/34sLWaV

DOC NYC, America's largest documentary festival, has announced the full lineup for its eleventh edition, running online from November 11-19 and available to viewers across the US. The 2020 festival includes 107 feature-length documentaries among over 200 films and dozens of events.  

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Great meeting you at the Latin Reels Festivals, the films were super impressive.