CINE CON CULTURA 

Each fall during Latinx Heritage Month, Cultura Ithaca! and the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County organize the Cine con Cultura Latinx American Film Festival in Ithaca, New York. 2022 marks our eighth edition celebrating the work of Latin American filmmakers from all over the continent, providing a glimpse into Latin America and the US.

We are also thrilled to continue collaborating with Ithaca organizations/institutions this year, including our longtime partners Cinemapolis; the LGBTQ Center, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, the Library and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College; Romance Studies, LASC and Cornell Cinema at Cornell University; and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC).

Festival screenings will take place from September 17th, 2022 through October 16th, 2022. There will be a total of 14 films shown this year with a wide ranging selection of feature-length films and documentaries. More than half of the films will be free and open to the public. Others might have a small fee at Cinemapolis and Cornell Cinema. 

Check out the list of films below and please follow our social media pages on Facebook
(​www.facebook.com/Cineconcultura​), Twitter (@cineconcultura), and Instagram (cineconcultura).

For more information please email us at culturaithaca@gmail.com

And enjoy the festival!

Best,
    Enrique González-Conty
    Festival Director

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Cada otoño durante el Mes de la Herencia Latinx, ¡Cultura Ithaca! y la Asociación Cívica Latina del Condado de Tompkins organizan el Festival de Cine Latinoamericano Cine con Cultura en Ithaca, Nueva York. 2022 marca nuestra octava edición que celebra el trabajo de cineastas latinoamericanos de todo el continente, brindando un vistazo a América Latina y los EE.UU.

También estamos encantados de seguir colaborando con algunas organizaciones/instituciones de Ithaca este año, incluidas nuestros socios desde hace mucho tiempo Cinemapolis; el Centro LGBTQ, el programa de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe, la Biblioteca y FLEFF en Ithaca College; Romance Studies, LASC y Cornell Cinema en la Universidad de Cornell; y el Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC).

Las proyecciones del festival tendrán lugar del 17 de septiembre de 2022 al 16 de octubre de 2022. Este año se proyectarán un total de 14 películas con una amplia selección de largometrajes y documentales. Más de la mitad de las películas serán gratuitas y abiertas al público. Algunas pueden tener una pequeña tarifa en Cinemapolis y Cornell Cinema.

Consulte la lista de películas a continuación y síganos en nuestras redes sociales en Facebook. (www.facebook.com/Cineconcultura​), Twitter (@cineconcultura), e Instagram (cineconcultura).

Para obtener más información, envíenos un correo electrónico a culturaithaca@gmail.com

¡Y que disfruten del festival de cine!

Saludos,
    Enrique González-Conty
    Director del festival

 

 

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Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Dos Estaciones follows iron-willed businesswoman María García (Teresa Sánchez), the owner of Dos Estaciones, a once-majestic tequila factory now struggling to stay afloat. The factory is the final holdover from generations of Mexican-owned tequila plants in the highlands of Jalisco, the rest having folded to foreign corporations. Once one of the wealthiest people in town, María knows her current financial situation is untenable. When a persistent plague and an unexpected flood cause irreversible damage, she is forced to do everything she can to save her community's primary economy and source of pride.
(http://www.cinemaguild.com/theatrical/dosestaciones.html)

Dos estaciones

México (2022)

Date and Time: September 17th and 18th at 7pm
Location: Cornell Cinema

By Juan Pablo González
(99 mins)

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Sarita goes out partying one night at the insistence of her rebellious, free-spirited sister, Bea. Though more modest and unassuming than Bea, Sarita dances the night away, heading home alone when the party drags on too late. The next morning, after calling friends and neighbors, Sarita begins to panic when she realizes that Bea never made it home. With no help from the authorities and convinced that Bea's disappearance has something to do with Andrés, her sister’s dangerous ex, Sarita finds a way to befriend him and infiltrate his gang. With an unwavering determination to uncover the truth about what happened, Sarita becomes increasingly involved with Andrés and the ruthless, violent world of his gang, all the while questioning whether she's cut out for the dangerous lifestyle. (https://www.filmmovement.com/cadejo-blanco)

Cadejo Blanco

Guatemala (2021)

Date and Time: September 21st at 7pm
Location: Cornell Cinema

By Justin Lerner
(125 mins)

Pasajeras

Stemming from the triple border territory between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, Fran Rebelatto’s first feature film follows the women known as “pasajeras” and their daily passages across these frontiers. Grounded on equally borderline procedures between documentary, the domain of fiction, and indigenous mythologies, the film records the everyday fluctuations of these lives traversed by a landscape constantly in motion, building female narratives of sacrifice and resistance.
(https://letterboxd.com/film/pasajeras/details/)

(Co-sposored by CSCRE at Ithaca College)

Pasajeras

Brasil/Paraguay (2021)

Date and Time: September 22nd at 4pm (FREE)
Location: Ithaca College - Textor 102

By Fran Rebelatto
(73 mins)

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In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. (https://www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/5374)

Utama

Bolivia (2022)

Date and Time: Sunday September 25th at 4pm
Location: Cinemápolis

By Alejandro Loayza Grisi
(87 mins)

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Winner of the Best First Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival, Restrepo’s debut follows a man’s revenge on the leader of a cult he used to belong to, and that action’s aftermath in a “collage-like tale of vengeance told with an often impressionistic elusiveness… Shot on warm, grainy 16mm, Los Conductos’s visuals are invariably striking, with even extremely low-lit nighttime shots charged with a haunting stillness.… There’s an ethereal quality to Restrepo’s images, as if the objects, environments, and people they show exist in the uncanny realm of dreams.” (Slant)

Los conductos

Colombia/France (2020)

Date and Time: Tuesday September 27th at 7pm
Location: Cornell Cinema

By Camilo Restrepo
(70 mins)

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ON THE DIVIDE follows the stories of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas, who, despite their conflicting views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. Despite their pro-life or pro-choice views, Mercedes, Rey and Denisse do not fit neatly on either side of the abortion debate, and their stories reveal that the issue is not as black and white as it might seem. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, these three are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined. ON THE DIVIDE goes beyond the clinic walls to explore the complex stories of those who have an unlikely stake in the issues surrounding abortion. In a community lacking healthcare options, what does it mean to go against your beliefs in order to survive?
(https://gooddocs.net/products/on-the-divide)

(Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition)

On the Divide

Latinx USA (2021)

By Maya Cueva, Leah Galant
(79 mins)

Date and Time: Wednesday September 28th at 6pm (FREE)
Location: Greater Ithaca Activities Center, The Gym

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A pioneering queer writer and visual artist who shook up conservative Chilean society during Pinochet’s dictatorship in the 1980s, Pedro Lemebel worked on a film about his own work during the last eight years of his life. Unfortunately, he was never able to complete the film before his death from cancer in 2015. With unprecedented access and footage from that unfinished project, Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary details the risk-taking, confrontational performance art that defined this extraordinary figure, whose work advocated for human rights, and which speaks to the recent political upheaval in Chile. (https://www.filmlinc.org/films/lemebel/)

(Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center at Ithaca College)

Lemebel

Chile (2020)

Date and Time: Thursday September 29th at 6pm (FREE)
Location: Ithaca College - Textor 103

By Joanna Reposi Garibaldi
(96 mins)

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In October 2019, there was an unexpected revolution, a social explosion. One and a half million people demonstrated in the streets of Santiago for more democracy, a more dignified life, a better education, a better health system and a new Constitution. Chile had recovered its memory. The event Patricio Guzmán had been waiting for since his student struggles in 1973 finally materialized. (https://nwfilmforum.org/)

(Co-sponsored by the Finger Laked Environmental Film Festival)

Mi país imaginario

Chile (2022)

Date and Time: Sunday October 2nd at 4pm
Location: Cinemapolis

By Patricio Guzmán
(83 mins)

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According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mexico became one of the deadliest conflict zones in the world in 2017, second only to Syria. In 2008, the Mexican government sent the army to Chihuahua on the Mexico-Texas border to fight drug traffickers. What seemed like an attempt to control the cartels turned into state-sponsored disappearances and the murder of journalists, human rights activists and civilians. The survivors and those threatened by the conflict pushed at the unwelcoming border of the United States, hoping for asylum. With stunning visual poetry, director Marcela Arteaga weaves together a record of their memories told over the backdrop of the once-vibrant landscape of the Juarez Valley. She also highlights the extraordinary work of Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, Texas, who fights to obtain political asylum for those Mexicans fleeing violence. (https://letterboxd.com/film/the-guardian-of-memory/)

(co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Cornell University)

The Guardian of Memory

Mexico (2019)

Date and Time: Tuesday October 4th at 7pm (FREE)
Location: Cornell Cinema

By Marcela Arteaga 
(93 mins)

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To reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 2021, director Reyes offers a bold hybrid cinema experience exploring the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, the film recreates Hérnan Cortés’ epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real-life victims of Mexico’s failed drug wars and indigenous communities in resistance, the filmmaker portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five hundred years later. Provocative, unique, and strikingly cinematic, 499 mixes non-fictional and performative elements with elements of the road movie to show how past traumas continue to affect contemporary reality. While linking these seemingly disparate histories of violence, the film confirms Reyes as one of the most potent voices in American independent cinema. (https://filmadelphia.org/events/499/)

(co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Ithaca College)

499

Mexico (2021)

By Rodrigo Reyes
(88 mins)

Date and Time: Wednesday October 5th at 4pm (FREE)
Location: Ithaca College - Textor 103

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On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of a young Salvadoran man, Daniel Gomez. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theater, LA MANPLESA: An Uprising Remembered weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the '91 rebellion.

FREE VIRTUAL SCREENING

La Manplesa Uprising

Latinx USA (2021)

Date and Time: October 9th to October 12th (FREE)
Location: Online

By Randy Stulberg, Jeremy Stulberg
(52 mins)

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In a Whisper is a deeply personal documentary exploring themes particularly relatable to Cuban expatriates – the sense of loss that comes with the gain of freedom upon leaving Cuba behind to create a new life in an unknown culture. Two filmmakers, Patricia Pérez Fernández and Heidi Hassan, both part of the Cuban diaspora, have lost contact for years, after fleeing the country in which they grew up as best friends, for better lives - Heidi in Switzerland, Patricia in Spain. Patricia and Heidi rediscover each other again through video letters in which they to share their personal, emotional journeys, while trying to find themselves and each other in a foreign land.

https://miamifilmfestival.com/events/in-a-whisper/

(co-sponsored by Romances Studies at Cornell University)

FREE VIRTUAL SCREENING

A media voz

Cuba (2019)

Date and Time: Saturday October 8th to Saturday October 15th (FREE)
Location: Online

By Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez
(80 mins)

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This brave film from Swiss-Salvadorean filmmaker Celina Escher is set in El Salvador, a country with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, including the criminalization of those who experience miscarriages and other obstetric emergencies. The narrative centers on Teodora Vásquez, who was in the ninth month of her second pregnancy when she fainted and suffered a stillbirth. When she woke up at the hospital, she was accused of murder and was sentenced to thirty years in prison for aggravated homicide. At Ilopango Women’s Prison, she becomes the spokesperson for The Seventeen, a group of working-class women who were all incarcerated after having miscarriages. Many of these same women became pregnant after being sexually assaulted. While it exposes brutal human rights abuses, FLY SO FAR is unmistakably a story of collective resistance, activism, sisterhood, as well as the self-determination and agency of women. (https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/fly-so-far/)
 

FREE VIRTUAL SCREENING

Fly so Far

El Salvador (2021)

By Celina Escher
(88 mins)

Date and Time: October 12th to October 15th (FREE)
Location: Online

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Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and following a unique roadshow distribution model that supposedly will never make the film available via online streaming, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest film stars Tilda Swinton as a woman suffering from sudden loud, mysterious sounds that only she can hear. Haunted by the noise, she seeks out answers, ultimately leading her to the interior of the lush Colombian jungle, and to a place where past, present, and future coexist.
(https://cinema.cornell.edu/memoria)

Memoria

Colombia/Thailand (2021)

Date and Time: Saturday October 15th at 9pm and Sunday October 16th at 7pm
Location: Cornell Cinema

By Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(136 mins)