In his photography book and documentary film Beauty of the Fight, photographer and director John Urbano explores, with both intimate and devastating imagery, the effects of historic realities on two Panama barrios. Barraza and El Chorrillo suffered heavy losses when US forces invaded in 1989 in order to capture General Manuel Noriega, and now this “interim” shantytown nears extinction due to recent outside private and commercial development.
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams in1948 Cuba. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Intimidad is an in-depth portrait of Cecy and Camilo Ramirez, ages 21, whose dream is to buy land and build a house in Reynosa, Mexico so their 2 year-old daughter, Loida can live with them. Loida lives with Cecy’s mother in Santa Maria, Puebla. Intimidad slowly unravels, showing how the everyday politics of living on minimum wage – without a functioning infrastructure – strains their relationship and sacrifices their own intimacy. One year later they return to Puebla during Christmas vacation to reunite with their daughter.
In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. In Reportero, a veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue reporting the news.
Cartoneros is a documentary committed to expose the way in which thousands of unemployed workers come daily into the city of Buenos Aires in order to sort and classify the garbage that neighbors leave behind every evening on their doorsteps.
Overnight, Santiago de Chile has gone from 4.5 million inhabitants, to just Juan. Now, he must begin his quest to survive in an abandoned world and find some answers to what has happened. And, why was he the only one left behind.
An International Exchange of Latino Film, Music, Arts and Culture
!Viva Cinema! is a production of The Connecticut Film Festival.
The Connecticut Film Festival joins with communities and businesses September 21-23 in Hartford to build cultural bridges and raise awareness of Latin American arts and culture in Hartford and throughout the Connecticut and Tri-State Region.
The inaugural film festival and exchange of arts, ideas and cultures will showcase more than 40 films. Screenings will take place at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Filmmakers will compete for awards in all major categories.
!Viva Cinema! promises to attract attention and increase the visibility of downtown Hartford's businesses and services to Anglos and Latin Americans alike. In the future, !Viva Cinema!'s regional and national marketing campaigns will fast track !Viva Cinema! and the City of Hartford as a premier annual Latino destination event that provides a positive economic benefit to the Hartford business community and surrounding region.