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Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta Went to Heaven

Director: Andrés Wood
Year: 2011

The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andres Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.

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Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Director: Rodrigo Reyes
Year: 2013

Using Purgatory as his filmic metaphor, Director Rodrigo Reyes creates a haunting exploration of transient life near the US/Mexico border.

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Gueros

Gueros

Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Year: 2014

WINNER OF 5 MEXICAN ARIEL "ACADEMY AWARDS" INCLUDING BEST PICTURE AND BEST DIRECTOR! The winner of five Ariels (the Mexican Academy Awards), including Best Picture and Best Director, GUEROS is one the most striking Latin American debuts of 2015. Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo while their university is on strike, but their routine is interrupted by the arrival of Tomas, Sobra's kid brother who convinces them to track down their childhood idol. But what they thought would be a simple trip becomes a voyage of self discovery across Mexico City's invisible frontiers.

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Los Bastardos

Los Bastardos

Director: Amat Escalante
Year: 2008

Award winning film about two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day they stand on the corner at the home improvement store seeking employment. Today, the job they are given is well paid compared to their poor usual wages. Today, one of them carries a shotgun inside his backpack.

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Tony Manero

Tony Manero

Director: Pablo Larrain
Year: 2008

As Augusto Pinochet holds Chile in the grip of dictatorship, a fifty year old man obsessed with John Travolta's character from Saturday Night Fever imitates his idol each weekend in a small bar on the outskirts of Santiago. A stinging allegory for the corruption and egomania of Augusto Pinochet. "An indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie." - The New York Times.

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To the Left of the Father

To the Left of the Father

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Year: 2001

One of the most original and emotionally complex Brazilian films in the last decade. After running away from his Lebanese-Brazilian abode, Pedro has to choose between a life of utopian freedom, removed from past connections, or, should he decide to return home, a re-engagement with strict patriarchal norms.

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Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Director: Marc Silver
Year: 2013

The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

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Bikes vs Cars

Bikes vs Cars

Director: Fredrik Gertten
Year: 2015

The conflict of philosophy and machinery is only the beginning in this surprisingly deep and entertaining documentary about daily transportation.

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In the Pit

In the Pit

Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
Year: 2006

Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is a powerful documentary about the personal struggles behind the construction of a massive elevated freeway. With lyricisim and compassion, this Sundance Film Festival prize-winning film reveals the medieval nightmare underneath an ambitious utopian dream: Mexico City's Periferico Beltway, more than ten miles of elevated reinforced concrete, supported by massive towers, that has been planned to both soar above and link the city's densely gridlocked urban neighborhoods. But while the roadway is a spectacular miracle of modern architectural design, it comes with a human cost.

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Romantico

Romantico

Director: Mark Becker
Year: 2005

A documentary portrait of Mexican musician Carmelo Muniz, who returns home to his young daughters after years playing the San Francisco taqueria circuit. Their reunion is bittersweet, as once Carmelo arrives in his hometown, he finds himself confronted with the million reasons he left in the first place years ago. At the age of 60, another border crossing begins to seem absurd, but Carmelo has not given up.

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