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CineFestival 2019

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The Infiltrators

Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

2019, USA, 93 min English and Spanish with English Subtitles

Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.

By weaving together documentary footage with scripted re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, The Infiltators tells this incredible true story in a boundary-crossing new cinematic language. CineFestival alums Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra return with the winner of the Sundance Film Festival NEXT Innovator Award. Featuring Chelsea Rendon, star of Vida and McFarland, USA.

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019

10:00 a.m. Senior Cinema | FREE

Las Tesoros de San Antonio/A Westside Story

Directed by Jorge Sandoval

2016, USA, 88 min

Las Tesoros de San Antonio/A Westside Story examines the personal toll and legacy of four South Texas singers of yesteryear.  Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Blanquita Rodriguez “Blanca Rosa”, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Janet Cortez “Perla Tapatia.” Through their stories and music the audience learns how these women began their careers in a male dominated industry to become successful singer/performers nationally and internationally.  


2:00 p.m. Youth Screening | FREE

The Future is Now: Youth Videos from San Antonio  Featuring the works of local high school students. Participating programs include the Design and Technology Academy at Roosevelt, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale, Thomas Jefferson High School, John Marshall High School, Kenedy ISD, Saint Mary’s Hall Digital Cinema, SAY Sí, and St. Mark’s School of Texas Film Studies in Dallas. Hosted by Maximo!


4:00 p.m. Cine en el Barrio | FREE

A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)

Directed by Anne Lewis

2018, USA, 66 min

English with Spanish Subtitles

In 1938, Emma Tenayuca led ten thousand San Antonio pecan shellers in a massive walk out. While the pecan shellers’ strike is recognized by many as the birth of the Chicano movement, it is shrouded in myth and denial about its iconic communist leader. In 1987, workers organized a march of 3,000 through the streets of Nacogdoches — a largely unknown epiphany for black women in Texas. A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas) explores both events using the methods of oral history.

7:00 p.m. Fronteras In Focus

Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase

Birth on the Border Dir. Ellie Lobovits, 2018, Mexico/USA, 28 min

The 3rd Annual Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase features six films and centers on the theme of empowerment through the female perspective. Femme Frontera returns to CineFestival with stories of hope, perseverance, and resistance! Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase – A celebration of female filmmakers with stories of hope, perseverance, and resistance!


9:00 p.m. Out at the Movies

The Garden Left Behind

Directed by Flavio Alves

2019, Brazil/USA, 88 min

The Garden Left Behindtraces the relationship between Tina, a young Trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City. Out at the Movies returns to the Guadalupe Theater with this timely film, which premiered at South By Southwest where it won the Audience Award in the Visions section.


12:00 P.M.

CineFestival Screening

Singing Our Way to Freedom

Directed by Paul Espinosa

2018, USA, 88 min

Singing Our Way to Freedom is a vibrant, multilayered look at the life of Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. The film chronicles Chunky’s life from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2013. As a young man in the 1960s, Chunky joined the picket lines in the California fields with Cesar Chavez, demanding justice and better wages for farmworkers. Early on, he discovered that the music he was creating could be a powerful weapon in creating social change and overcoming prejudice and racism. He would eventually become Cesar Chavez’s favorite musician.

2:00 p.m. Lone Star Cinema

Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase

Calling Directed by Artemis Anastasiadou, 2017, USA, 16min

The Houston Film Commission presents the best of Texas-made short films from their annual showcase. Curated by Alfred Cervantes, Deputy Director of Houston Film Commission.


4:30 p.m.

CineFestival Latinx Filmmaker Lab

Ya No Estoy Aqui

Directed by Fernando Frias de la Parra

Ya No Estoy Aquí traces the journey of Ulises Samperio, a 17-year-old Mexican boy, who after an unfortunate misunderstanding with members of a local cartel, is constrained to migrate to the U.S., leaving behind what defines him most: his gang and the dance parties that he loves so much. He tries his best to adapt to a new country, but Ulises quickly realizes that he would rather return home to his family and friends in Monterrey than confront the alienation and loneliness he faces in America.

Filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra, winner of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ 2018-2019 Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, presents a work-in-progress screening of his vibrant new feature, as well as other directorial works that shaped his artistic practice.

6:30 p.m. Screening

Building the American Dream

Directed by Chelsea Hernandez

2019, USA, 75 min

Across Texas an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high-rises. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. Fresh off its South By Southwest premiere, Building the American Dream captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices. Grieving their son, a Mexican family campaigns for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A Salvadorian electrician couple owed thousands in back pay fights for their children’s future. A bereaved son battles to protect others from his family’s preventable tragedy. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, of which they are excluded.

8:30 p.m. Feature Presentation

Phoenix, Oregon

Directed by Gary Lundgren

2019, USA, 108 min

Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” Phoenix, Oregon takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at midlife. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive. Featuring CineFestival alum Jesse Borrego in a standout performance!

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

Family Day/Dia de la Familia | FREE

1:00 p.m. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

3:30 pm. El Libro de Lila (Lila’s Book)

1:00 p.m. – Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse 2018, USA, 117 min

Directed by Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti

The creative minds behind The Lego Moviebring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseintroduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

3:30 p.m. – El Libro de Lila (Lila’s Book)

Directed by Marcela Rincon

2017, Colombia/Uraguay, 76 min Spanish with English Subtitles

Lila, a character in a children’s storybook, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, the owner of the book, but it won’t be easy since Ramon is no longer a little boy, and has stopped reading and believing in fantasy. Lila and her new friend Manuela set out to convince him of what’s happening and together they face a dangerous journey to the Desert of Lost Memories, to retrieve Lila’s lost book.

5:30 p.m. Puro Shorts 2.0

Short Film Program

Cake Directed by Esmeralda Hernandez, 2018, USA, 9 min

This collection of six vibrant short films showcases dynamic new works by Latina directors.


7:30 p.m. Closing Night Film


Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

2019, USA, 89 min

Ayanna is making the most out of her last summer in Harlem before heading to college. She’s bold, confident, and not really looking for love—until she meets the slightly older Isaiah. After one of those rare first dates that last for hours, she knows there’s something different about him. Ayanna has found herself at an intimidating crossroads: one foot is still under her mother’s roof, while the other is primed to step out on her own with Isaiah. After a long awaited return to Sundance, Rashaad Ernesto Green makes his feature-length CineFestival debut!

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