“Voy para el Cine” – Latino Films debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival
Several Latino-directed films make their screening at one of the most popular film festivals in the country
In its 16th year, the 2017 Tribeca film festival, located within Lower Manhattan, New York City has arranged a wide variety of Latino films from documentaries to short films that tackle many subjects such as Immigration and environmental rights.
The legendary Academy Award winning director Gonzalez Inarritu will make an appearance at the festival talking about the movie that launched his directorial career close to twenty years ago, “Amores Perros”. He also has an upcoming virtual reality project “Carne y Arena” that will debut at the Cannes film Festival this summer.
There are several films that are making their debut that show the creativity of this new generation of Latino filmmakers. Argentinian director, Julia Solomonoff focuses on the subject of immigration in her world premiere “Nobody is Watching”.
In the film, a Telenovela star immigrates to New York City to achieve their dream, only to find out that being blond and speaking English with an accent are the obstacles to success in a country and industry filled with racist undertones.
Films that are sure to be talked about this year are "Samba", which is about a young Dominican man who comes back to the island after being in prison for 15 years. While trying to find work in Santo Domingo to help his sick mother, he ventures into the underground world of boxing that shows a less than pretty view of life.
In the documentary “A River Below”, Dr. Fernando Trujillo, a Colombian biologist and conservationist, along with Richard Rasmussen are focused and determined to saving the endangered pink dolphin. This film shows the dangers of being an environmentalist in South America and how complex it can be.
Many people will be happy to see not only the many Latino-American countries that are represented at the Tribeca Film Festival, but also seeing more of an exciting independent trend and more co-productions between these countries. The Tribeca Film Festival runs until April 30th. For more information on the festival, visit www.tribecafilm.com