Documentary Feature Competition

Yakuaya / La esencia del agua
Water Essence

Marcelo Castillo

Ecuador, Experimental Documentary, 2011
52 min, HD, Color
No dialogue


Yakuaya means "the essence of water" in Quechua. The film is a nonverbal documentary that is about the value of water as essential to life. The documentary follows the journey of a drop of water, which originates in a glacier, and eventually reaches the sea. On its way it touches the lives of a peasant, it is enclosed in the rhythm of a water bottling factory, it transforms the life of a woman, it awakens hope in a desert and welcomes the innocence of two children in the sea, among other adventures. This visually engaging film, whose aim is to inspire reflection in its audience, premiered at the Ecuador Film Festival and screened recently at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.


North American  Premiere

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Marcelo Castillo

Marcelo Castillo has worked independently as film director and still photographer for nine years, during which time he's directed a myriad of short films and photography series. In addition to his work in the audiovisual field, he has conducted several projects on social and community life.






Producer: Carlos Idrovo
Screenwriter: Carlos Idrovo, Gullermo Quintana
Cinematographer: Filippo Burbano, Marcelo Castillo
Editor: Gabriel Páez, Jorge Flores
Sound Design: Mauricio Proaño
Music: Mauricio Proaño, Juan F. Jijón, Víctor Andrade, Jens Munch


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Yakuaya_la_esencia_del_agua

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 2011
83 min, HDV, Color
English


Up Heartbreak Hill chronicles the lives of Thomas, Tamara and Gabby, three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico, as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community, a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their beings, or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby's struggles to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans lie at the heart of the film. Up Heartbreak Hill premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and participated in imagineNATIVE 2011.


Regional  Premiere

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Erica Scharf

Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. She is currently producing HGTV's hit show, House Hunters International. Scharf is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television. Up Heartbreak Hill is her first feature film.




Producer: Erica Scharf, Christina D. King
Production Companies: Long Distance Films
Cinematographer: Erica Scharf
Editor: Cindy Lee, Isaac Wayton, Janine Feczko, Megan Brennan
Music: Sasha Gordon
Cast: Thomas Martinez, Tamara Hardy, Gabby Nakai

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Up Heartbreak Hill

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

Olhe Pra Mim de Novo
Look at Me Again

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Brazil, Documentary, 2011
79 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


This documentary tells the story of a transsexual living in the northeast part of Brazil. We see him, Sillvyo Luccio, in a journey from Ceará to Paraíba looking for his daughter, Maria Tereza. Tereza does not accept her mother's sex transformation, and they live far away from one another, which is why Sillvyo has to travel for days in order to reach her. The film uses Sillvyo's own voice to tell his story, his sufferings, and his misfortunes, including his desire to have a biological family. He finds solidarity in the lives of other people who have suffered discrimination, such as transvestites and patients of a rare muscle disease. This film had its world premiere at Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente and also screened in the Berlin International Film Festival.


North American Premiere

www.lookatmeagain.wordpress.com


Claudia Priscilla y Kiko Goifman

Claudia Priscilla is a journalist that lives in São Paulo. Claudia is the director of several short films including Parachacal, Sexo e Claustro, and Phedra. Claudia is the writer of the screenplay (together with Kiko Goifman) of the documentary, 33, and has worked as producer and designer on several audio-visual productions.

Kiko Goifman, an outstanding Brazilian director, has directed the award-winning feature films, 33, Atos dos Homens, and FilmeFobia, winner of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (2008). FilmeFobia screened in competition at Cine Las Americas in 2009.


Producer: Jurandir Muller
Screenwriter: Claudia Priscilla
Cinematographer: Pedro Marques
Editor: Pedro Marques
Sound Design: Livio Tragtenberg

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Olhe pra mim de novo

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

Nikkei

Kaori Flores Yonekura

Venezuela, Autobiographical Documentary, 2011
80 min, Full HD, Color
Spanish, Japanese with English subtitles


Nikkei is a documentary about the identity of the Japanese who migrated to Latin America. It is the story of the director's grandparents, their trip from Japan to Peru, the media campaign against their race, World War II and the hope for a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei recently premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.


US Premiere

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Kaori Flores Yonekura

Kaori Flores Yonekura's father is Venezuelan and her mother is Japanese. She was born in Mérida, Venezuela, and at age 22 graduated from the International School of Film and TV of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV). She has dedicated her work to human rights, popular culture, indigenous people and identity.




Producer: Kaori Flores Yonekura
Production Companies: AC No Film
Screenwriter: Kaori Flores Yonekura
Cinematographer: Kaori Flores Yonekura
Editor: Eyeletmy Rodríguez, Kaori Flores Yonekura
Sound Design: Daniel Zahalka
Music: Alejandro Rosso

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Nikkei

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

Morir de pie
Die Standing Up

Jacaranda Correa

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 2011
74 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


The son of Mexican communist militants, living with increasing disability, continues to promote socialism and the Cuban Revolution; identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, he embraces the cause. Surprisingly, his disability is not the greatest challenge he will face in his life. Handicapped and discriminated against, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender, and leaves no audience unmoved. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival.


Texas Premiere

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JACARANDA CORREA

Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM. She also has a degree in Political Sociology from the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Correa has been a journalist, hostess and editor-in-chief of the Journalistic Investigation program on Canal 22 since 2001.


Producer: Martha Orozco
Production Companies: Mediam9, Martfilms, FOPROCINE, with the collaboration of Canal 22
Screenwriter: Jacaranda Correa
Cinematographer: Dariela Ludlow
Editor: Rodolfo Santa M. Troncoso
Sound Design: Bernart Fortiana
Music: Taniel Morales
Cast: Irina Layevska, Nélida Reyes

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Morir de pie

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

La palabra en el bosque
The Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 2011
56 min, DVCAM/35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.


World Premiere


Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.


Jeffrey Gould

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey Gould
Screenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey Gould
Cinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo Hasbun
Editor: Carlos Colorado
Sound Design: Jose Huwaidi
Music: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon

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La palabra en el bosque

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

La mudanza
The Move

Tatiana Lorca

Chile, Family and Personal Narrative Documentary, 2011
52 min, DigiBeta, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Florida is a retired teacher that recently sold the place where she lived with her family for four decades. Her four daughters have grown and they have gone on to develop their own lives. Although they visit her quite a lot, the family house has become too big for her. Florida has surrounded herself with objects which are carefully stored in boxes getting ready for the move, all of which bring to mind moments that were lived there, and cause her to face memories while mourning her late husband, Coke. Over the course of five years, the documentary filmmaker followed the main character and her neighborhood's transformation. La mudanza, which has enjoyed successful presentations to date in Chile, is an emotional trip, a good bye ritual--like an epilogue, like a sunset and like an excuse to face the pending mourning.


International Premiere


Tatiana Lorca

Tatiana Lorca is a journalist. She has been an editor, director, producer and researcher at the main Chilean TV stations, and she has worked for important audiovisual companies. She was awarded with a scholarship from Ibermedia. She has studied documentary filmmaking at the San Antonio EICTV de los Baños, Cuba. She founded Arándano Producciones and directed and produced a series of micro-documentaries all throughout Chile for the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Dirección de Planeamiento.


Producer: Tatiana Lorca
Production Companies: Arándano Producciones
Screenwriter: Tatiana Lorca
Cinematographer: Tatiana Lorca, David Bravo, Mauricio Garcia
Editor: Coti Donoso
Sound Design: Cristián Freund
Music: Subhira Rodrigo Cepeda


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La mudanza

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

La maleta mexicana
The Mexican Suitcase

Trisha Ziff

Mexico/Spain, Documentary, 2011
86 min, HDV/35mm, Color/Black & White
English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

La maleta mexicana tells the story of lost negatives found at the bottom of a closet in Mexico City in 2007. The photographers were exiled from their countries, but were able to document the dangers of fascism in Spain with their cameras. The photojournalists, Robert Capa, David Seymour, and Gerda Taro met in Paris in 1936, then traveled to Spain. Throughout the film, we learn the story of the war and the exile of the photojournalists. This is a film about images taken in the past and recovered in our present. It also looks at how a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history. La maleta mexicana is about the power and fragility of memory, about the historical ties between Mexico and Spain, and about the search for the truth. Along with other renowned collaborators, John Sayles served as an advisor on this ambitious and thoughtful film, which has screened at festivals including San Sebastián and Morelia International.

 

Texas Premiere

www.themexicansuitcase.com

 

Trisha Ziff

Trisha Ziff is a curator of contemporary photography, filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar. Director of Chevolution, Ziff also produced the documentary Oaxacalifornia, was a co-producer of My Mexican Shiva, and executive producer of 9months 9days. She is currently in development on her next project, Pirate Copy, a documentary about intellectual rights and global pirating. Trisha lives in Mexico City with her son, Julio.

 

Producer: Eamon O'Farrill
Production Companies: 212 Berlin
Screenwriter: Trisha Ziff
Cinematographer: Claudio Rocha
Editor: Luis Lopez
Sound Design: Yuri Laguna, Amanda Villavieja
Music: Michael Nyman

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La maleta mexicana

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

 


 

 

Hit Me with Music

Miquel Galofré

Jamaica/Spain, Music Documentary, 2011
75 min, HD CAM, Color
English, Patoise with English subtitles


Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene. Reggae has evolved to produce a new genre, Dancehall. The Dancehall phenomenon is unstoppable in Jamaica and the rest of the world. Artists, dancers, and local teenagers explain the content of the controversial Dancehall lyrics and the lifestyle created by the music. This film presents and represents the urban street culture and lifestyle that fuels and is born out of Dancehall, and captures the elements of dance which form an integral part of nightlife in Kingston. Hit Me with Music won Best Documentary and the People's Choice Award at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.


US Premiere

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Miquel Galofre

Miquel Galofré was born in Barcelona in 1970. For more than two decades, he worked as a director, cameraman, and editor for the Spanish TV industry. In 2005 he made his first short Gua! Pa!. His first documentary feature Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? was made in 2009.


Producer: Nando Garcia Guereta
Production Companies: Nice Time
Screenwriter: Laura Carulla
Cinematographer: Miquel Galofré
Editor: Miquel Galofré
Sound Design: Xavier Clara


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Hit_Me_with_Music

Thursday, April 26 - 8:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free




 

El árbol de las fresas
The Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 2011
71 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.


Texas Premiere

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Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.




Producer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Production Companies: Ibidem Films
Screenwriter: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Cinematographer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Editor: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Sound Design: Simone Rapisarda Casanova

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El arbol de las fresas

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free