Documentary Feature Competition

Avenida Brasília Formosa
Defiant Brasilia

Gabriel Mascaro

Brazil, Experimental Documentary, 2010
85 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


Individuals from various walks of life are all real people placed in a fictional structure: Brasilia Formosa Avenue, which runs along Recife's urban coastline. Through their daily routines, a poetic web of encounters, memories and desires offers insight into their contemporary reality and relationships with the newly constructed avenue.


Regional Premiere


Gabriel_Mascaro_webGabriel Mascaro graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. His first feature, Um Lugar Ao Sol, won various international festival awards. Founder of the production company Simio, he also works as an educator for NGO Video in the Villages teaching film in indigenous communities.





Producer: Mannuela Costa, Gabriel Mascaro
Production Companies: Plano 09 Produções
Screenwriter: Gabriel Mascaro
Cinematographer: Ivo Lopes Araújo
Editor: Tatiana Almeida
Sound Design: Carlos Montenegro
Cast: Fabio Gomes de Melo
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Avenida Brasilia Formosa




Complexo - Universo Paralelo
Complexo - Parallel Universe

Mário Patrocínio

Portugal/Brazil, Documentary, 2010
80 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


The most feared favela of Brazil, Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro, has a population of 300,000, and is the largest gun and drug depot of the city. In 2007, during a period of heightened tension and violence in Rio, the largest police operation ever was launched, and residents awoke and fell asleep to the sound of gunshots. Complexo shows the unique kind of order that resulted from apparent anarchy in this dangerous and complex system.


Regional Premiere


Mario_Patrocinio_webA native of Lisbon, and having lived and worked throughout the world, Mário Patrocínio moved into the Complexo do Alemão favela in 2005 to investigate and document residents' daily lives.









Producer: Henrique Salgado, Mário Patrocínio, Pedro Patrocínio, Tiago Duque
Production Companies: Complex Films
Screenwriter: Mário Patrocínio
Cinematographer: Pedro Patrocínio
Editor: Cláudia Silvestre, João Monge, Sérgio Pedro
Sound Design: Sérgio Duarte
Music: Chico Neves
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Complexo - Universo Paralelo


Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 4:30 PM
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Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

John Ferry

USA, Biographical Documentary, 2010
82 min, DigiBeta, Color


Told in his own words, with wit and a sense of humor, Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall recounts his life from his childhood to present day. After a positive experience in Indian boarding schools, participating in the Indian take-over of Alcatraz Island in 1969, honing his creative skills on the Paiute-Shoshone Reservation, and being labeled an "enemy of the State" and losing virtually everything he owns, he continues to use humor to make his political and cultural point. He teaches viewers about his Native American art and spirituality, as well as his philosophy as it applies to life and his work.


Texas Premiere


John_Ferry_webJohn Ferry has been involved in documentary films for over 30 years. He studied acting and directing at Lawrence Merrick's Studio, and went on to produce and direct the award-winning Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart as well as Michelangelo: Self-Portrait.



Producer: Grace de Soto Ferry, John Ferry
Production Companies: Lillimar Pictures
Cinematographer: Marlon Cooper
Editor: John Ferry
Sound Design: Lillimar Pictures
Music: Various Artists
Cast: Adam Fortunate Eagle
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Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle


Mexican American Cultural Center
Sat. April 23 8:00 PM



El edificio de los chilenos
The Chilean Building

Macarena Aguiló Marchi, Susana Foxley

Chile/Cuba/France/Netherlands, Autobiographical Documentary, 2010
96 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


By reconstructing her past from memories, letters, childhood drawings and animation, Macarena Aguiló Marchi attempts to understand why her parents sent her abroad to be raised by strangers while they risked their lives back in Chile fighting the Pinochet regime. El edificio de los chilenos is a film about children who lost their parents under the relocation project Proyecto Hogares, as well as the parents who not only lost the Revolution, but any chance of ever seeing their children again. Winner of the Grand Prize at the FIDOCS festival in Santiago, Chile.


North American Premiere


Macarena_Aguilo_webMacarena Aguiló Marchi was born in 1971 in Chile. El edificio de los chilenos is her first film, and after this autobiographical production, she also contributed to the work of other documentaries including Final Image and The Other Side of La Moneda.

Producer: Macarena Aguiló Marchi
Production Companies: Rayo Verde
Screenwriter: Macarena Aguiló Marchi
Cinematographer: Arnaldo Rodríguez
Editor: Catherine Mabilat, Macarena Aguiló Marchi, Ilán Stehberg, Galut Alarcón, Ismael Miranda
Sound Design: Mauricio Molina
Music: Elizabeth Morris
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El edificio de los chilenos


Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 7:00 PM
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Historia de un día
The Story of a Day

Rosana Matecki

Venezuela, Documentary, 2009
89 min, DV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Historia de un día begins by observing the peaceful life of farmers living in a rural area in Latin America. Day breaks. A woman touches her eyebrows. A man shaves. Chickens are set loose and goats are fed. Little or nothing is said but the soundtrack gradually evolves into a rich, subtle combination of background noise and added sounds. This observation takes on a more contemplative mood, when attention is focused on the other subjects of the film.


Austin Premiere


Rosana_Matecki_webRosana Matecki studied communications in Caracas, Venezuela, has directed 12 documentaries, and has worked as a producer, director, researcher and/or screenwriter on various projects, including Ancestral Women and El último Don. She is the founder of Kiiskakuna Productions.


Producer: Rosana Matecki
Production Companies: Kiiskakuna
Cinematographer: John Márquez, Emil Guevara
Editor: Lucas Villegas
Sound Design: Cecilia Nava
Music: Alejandro Rodríguez
Cast: Famille Guerrero Carrizales, Avendaño Rodríguez Zabala, Hernandez Epieyú, Pushainá y Girnú
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Historia de un día


Mexican American Cultural Center
Mon. April 25 8:00 PM




La isla - Archive einer Tragödie
La isla - Archives of a Tragedy

Uli Stelzner

Germany/Guatemala, Human Rights Documentary, 2010
85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


At the end of the 20th century, members of the Guatemalan police and armed forces killed and abducted thousands of people. However this unprecedented, modern genocide goes unpunished. To this day, a system of terror and impunity relies on silence and a lack of evidence. But in July 2005 an explosion in the Guatemalan capital led to the discovery of the archive of Guatemala's National Police. "The Island," as it was known then, was the secret prison of the notorious national police squads. Millions of documents were uncovered that helped trace a story of tragedy and inconceivable atrocities, and revealed that a young generation of archive workers was willing to free their country from the suffocating grip of its own history.


Regional Premiere


Uli_Stelzner_webBorn in 1961 in Germany, Uli Stelzner is an author, director and producer living and working in Berlin and Central America. He is also co-founder of the independent media group ISKA, as well as director of the Human Rights Festival in Guatemala.





Producer: Uli Stelzner, Elke Benz, Zoran Solomun, Gabriela Melendez
Production Companies: Iskacine, Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Asociación Luciérnaga
Screenwriter: Uli Stelzner
Cinematographer: Guillermo Escalon
Editor: Alina Teodorescu
Sound Design: Eduardo Cáceres
Music: Nim Alae, Paulo Alvarado
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La isla - Archive einer Tragödie


Mexican American Cultural Center
Thur. April 28 3:00 PM



La reina del pueblo
The Queen of the People

Juan Andrés Bello

Venezuela, Documentary, 2010
65 min, DigiBeta, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


The first time Venezuelans went to vote, they did so in order to choose a beauty queen. In 1944, Caracas hosted the 7th Baseball Amateur World Series and the organizers decided the beauty queen of the event would be elected via popular vote. As the campaign begins, the country is divided into two factions. On one side, there are the supporters of Oly Clemente, the daughter of the President's secretary; on the other, those of Yolanda Leal, a school-teacher from a poor neighborhood in Caracas. The country was going through a transition to democracy and the newly formed political organizations understood this as a means to promote their ideas. It was an opportunity to test if the citizens were ready to choose who was going to govern.


US Premiere


Juan_Andres_Bello_webJuan Andrés Bello, born in Venezuela in 1970, is a director and producer dedicated to Latin American history, culture and art topics. Director of the award-winning El Cerrito, Bello has also participated in projects for A&E and The Biography Channel.






Producer: Constanza Burucua
Production Companies: Producciones Triana
Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Bello
Cinematographer: Enrique Blein
Editor: Juan Andrés Bello
Sound Design: Setfano Gramitto
Music: Varios Authors
Cast: Yolanda Leal, Olga Risquez, Nelly Blanco Yepes
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La reina del pueblo (The Queen of the People)


Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 1:00 PM



María en tierra de nadie
Maria in Nobody's Land

Marcela Zamora Chamorro

El Salvador/Guatemala/Mexico, Human Rights Documentary, 2010
86 min, MiniDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


This documentary shows the parallel immigration stories of three Salvadoran women on a journey through Mexico. Doña Inés, a 60 year-old woman, is searching for her daughter who went missing shortly after she decided to immigrate to the US five years ago. Marta and Sandra, tired of the domestic violence they endured at home and hoping to overcome their impoverished lives, decide to make the trip through Mexico with only thirty dollars in their pockets. These women, Doña Inés' daughter, and countless other immigrant women face prostitution, human trafficking, rape, kidnap, and even death on a journey not often brought up in immigration debates.


North American Premiere

Marcela_Zamora_Chamorro_webMarcela Zamora studied journalism in Costa Rica and went on to study film at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). María en tierra de nadie is her first feature documentary.


Producer: Marcela Zamora, Oscar Martinez, Edu Ponces
Production Companies:, Ruido Photo, Idheas
Screenwriter: Marcela Zamora
Cinematographer: Keren Shayo
Editor: Leopoldo Nakata
Sound Design: Gina Villafañe
Music: Sigried Masías, Leticia Servín
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María en tierra de nadie (Maria in Nobody's Land)


Mexican American Cultural Center
Mon. April 25 6:00 PM




New Children / New York

Gisela Sanders Alcántara

USA/Chile/Guatemala/Mexico/Puerto Rico, Documentary, 2010
63 min, MiniDV, Color
English, Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles


New Children/New York is an intimate portrait of the struggles and perseverance of young immigrants coming of age in inner-city New York. Set in a community workshop in Bushwick, a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn with many Latino immigrants, the documentary follows three young people who are studying filmmaking. Their gripping, self-exploratory films, excerpted throughout the documentary, reveal the confidential perceptions of these youth who dramatically straddle the opposing cultures of the U.S. and their homelands. They confront accounts of lost tradition, family separation, death and destitution, and ultimately are galvanized to explore their histories to understand who they are, where they come from and where they're going.


Regional Premiere,


Gisela_Sanders_Alcantara_webA graduate of The City College of New York and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, the past work of Gisela Sanders Alcántara includes the dance film series Parallelos and Al borde del cuerpo. Currently she works at CUNY TV and teaches video production with the La Union community organization.


Producer: Lauren Mucciolo
Production Companies: Ojo de Agua Arte y Producción
Screenwriter: Lauren Mucciolo
Cinematographer: Dan Akiba
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Sound Design: Giacomo Buonafina
Music: Maya Martinez, Yarimir Caban
Cast: Desiree Camacho, Fausto El Piro, Miriam Patricia Torres, Lauren Mucciolo, Gisela Sanders Alcántara
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New Children / New York


Mexican American Cultural Center
Sat. April 23 1:00 PM



Rosa patria
Rose Homeland

Santiago Loza

Argentina, Biographical Documentary, 2009
96 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Nestor Perlongher was an Argentine poet, sociologist, political activist and one of the founders of the Homosexual Liberation Front. By focusing on this important activist, a humorous and nostalgic collage of images, letters, and testimonies of members of the Homosexual Liberation Front movement help reconstruct a little-known part of Latin American history: the struggle of homosexuals during the years of change and repression in the 1970s.


North American Premiere


Santiago_Loza_small_size_better_photo_webBorn in Córdoba, Argentina in 1971, Santiago Loza has written and directed various acclaimed films including Los labios, La invención de la carne, Cuatro mujeres descalzas, and Extraño.



Producer: Liliana Paolinelli
Production Companies: Mandragora Producciones
Screenwriter: Santiago Loza
Cinematographer: Paula Grandio
Editor: Lorena Moriconi
Sound Design: Leandro de Loredo
Music: Cristian Bazzo, Carlos Casella
Cast: Rodolfo Fogwill, María Inés Aldaburu, Fernando Noy, Juan José Sebreli, Sara Torres
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Rosa patria (Rose Homeland)

Mexican American Cultural Center
Wed. April 27 3:00 PM