Featured News/Features — 16 September 2011
Latina directors, themes part of international film festival

Women and female directors make their mark in a diverse mix of long and short films at this year’s Cine+Más SF Latino Film Festival.

Film still - Precious Knowledge

shades Magazine is a proud presenter of three of this year’s films (see below). Email us at shadesmagazine1[at]gmail.com to get yours!

From documentary features highlighting the educational civil rights battle taking place in Arizona, to short films that embrace the struggles, lives and loves of Latino and Hispanic cultures around the globe, there will be no shortage of unique, thought-provoking and passionate films when the 2011 Cine+Más SF Latino Film Festival comes to several San Francisco Bay Area movie houses beginning tonight.

The films – 35 from 12 countries – will take place at venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, Marin and San Jose, feature some of the best from as a far away as Germany. Yes, Germany. Download the full film schedule here.

shades Magazine is a proud presenter of three of this year’s films. Find out how you can get free tickets to one of the them here. They are:

Precious Knowledge
Director/Ari Palos, 2011, USA, 70 minutes
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Opera Plaza Cinemas, San Francisco
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose
Crystal  Terriquez, activist from the film, will be in attendance.

Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Meanwhile Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department have data showing that almost 93 percent of their students, on average, graduate from high school and 82 percent attend college. Despite the success, the program is controversial and misunderstood. The documentary illustrates an epic civil rights battle as brave students and teachers battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive.

Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (San Francisco Premiere)
Director, Producer/Abby Ginzberg, 2010, USA, 60 minutes
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco
Q&A with representative from the film; Cruz Reynoso will be present

“Sowing the Seeds of Justice” begins with Reynoso’s childhood where he was born into a Spanish-speaking farm worker family of 11 children. It shows his struggle to be educated, leading to his graduation from Pomona College in 1953 and from UC Berkeley Law School in 1958. He then became the first Latino Director of California Rural Legal Assistance and later one of the first Latino law professors in the country beginning his academic career at the University of New Mexico Law School. His ascent to the California Supreme Court was a singular achievement, when he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as the first Latino justice on that bench. Then in a heated recall campaign whose central issue was the death penalty, Reynoso and two other justices lost their seats.  As Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he provided leadership in the only investigation of voting rights abuses in the 2000 election in Florida. He received the country’s highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – for his lifelong devotion to public service and today at 78, he continues to teach law at UC Davis Law School and to actively participate in community organizations throughout the state of California. Narrated by Luis Valdez.

Photos of Angie (Bay Area Premiere)

Director/Alan Dominguez, 2011, USA, 55 minutes
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco
Filmmaker will be attending

This moving and powerful documentary chronicles the life and murder of Angie Zapata – a transgender teen who was murdered in rural Colorado in 2008.  The film includes extensive interviews with her family about her journey of self-discovery, transgender lives across the globe, hate crimes legislation and the mysterious nature of her killer – all against the backdrop of his trial.

If you’re looking to experience great storytelling that transcends language and culture, include one or more of these films – or the 32 others – in your upcoming movie-watching plans. For a full list of films, dates and times for each or general information on the film festival, visit sflatinofilmfestival.com.

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