May 15 - 18, 2019 Downtown New Haven


"Pelo Malo" New England Premiere & After Party
7:00pm Friday June 27

JUNIOR tiene nueve años y el cabello muy crespo, indomable, el “pelo malo.”El se lo quiere alisar para la foto de la escuela, y así verse como un cantante de moda, con el pelo liso. Su deseo lo enfrenta con su madre MARTA, joven viuda y desempleada.

English:                                                                                                                                                             JUNIOR is nine years old and has stubbornly curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother MARTA, a young, unemployed widow.



"Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War" Northeast Premiere
Film & After Party 7:00pm Saturday

An extraordinary rap duo is sweeping the Cuban underground with their urgent lyrics about the dire economic and political state of their beloved country. El B and El Aldeano comprise the enigmatic Los Aldeanos. 


Family & Children’s - Shorts Film Program
10:30 - 11:45am Saturday
El Color De Leo - Pictured

Family & Children’s - Shorts Film Program: Cousas De Meigas 9, Desolado 7, El Balsero 9, The Magic Turtle 5, Eidean 5, CREAMEN 11, El Color De Leo 14, Vivos 4, El Color de Mis Alas 10, La Mano de Nefertiti 2


One Foot In The Grave - Shorts Program
1:30 - 2:45pm Friday
El Espejo Humano - pictured

One Foot In The Grave - Shorts Program: El Cortejo 14, En LA Orilla 15, El Tiple 16, Mi Ooj Derecho 13, Qual Queijo Voce Quer? 11, El Espejo Humano 6


Comedy & Animation Shorts
Friday 4:45 - 6:30pm
PSEUDO EVOLUTION (pictured from Brazil)

Comedy & Animation Shorts: Gestacion 16, Five Plus One 12, 42 Millones De Minutos Y Pico 16, Objetos Perdidos 12, Padre 11, Pseudo Evolución 8, Cuentos de viejos: Capitulo 25, A Guerra dos Gibis 19, Linear 6


Disappearances - Shorts Program
12:00 - 1:15pm
Apague A Luz Antes De Entrar - Pictured

Disappearances - Shorts Program: Antifaz 16, Camilo 16, La Mirada Perdida 11, Abril 13, Apague A Luz Antes De Entrar 8, Detras Del Espejo 12



Awkward & Existential Moments - Shorts Program
12:00 - 1:15pm Saturday

Awkward & Existential Moments - Shorts Program: Mano A Mano 7, Persona Que Quizas Conozcas 12, El amor a los 20 años 19, El beso 12, Here Rests My Home 13


Not So Happy Endings - Shorts Program
4:45 - 6:30pm Saturday
Camionero pictured from Cuba

Not So Happy Endings Shorts Program - La última tarde 10, REM 17, No hace falta que me lo digas 13, Pasaje no reembosable 2, Camionero 28, Reaccion En Cadena 14, Be Happy 20


Science Fiction & Fantasy - Shorts Program
1:30 - 2:45pm Saturday
Dentro del Tunel - Pictured

Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Shorts Program: MIENIN 13, Dentro del Tunel 15, Al otro lado 19, Nino Balcon 10, Fabrica de Munecas 11, Luminaris 6


Immigrant Nation!
3:00 - 4:30pm Saturday

Immigrant Nation! is a feature documentary film about the modern immigrant rights movement. In particular, it is the story of the struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago, who fought her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals, organizations, activists and community leaders united by passion and a concern for justice. This film illustrates the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill as well as the ongoing struggle and demand for comprehensive immigration reform.


At Work & Unclassified - Shorts Program
3:00 - 4:30pm Friday
UNO - Pictured

At Work & Unclassified - Shorts Program: Volar en Línea Recta 22, Trabalho 22, UNO 13, Namnala 15, Super 8 Role Play 18

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Welcome to ¡Viva Cinema!

An International Exchange of Latino Film, Music, Arts and Culture     
¡Viva Cinema! joins with the community and businesses of Waterbury this June 27 & 28 to build cultural bridges and raise awareness of Latin American cinema and the art of visual story telling in the languages of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Second Annual ¡Viva Cinema! Latino Film Festival is an international exchange of film, music, arts, culture and food at The Mattatuck Museum. The annual festival will showcase more than 75 films with a student short film PSA competition. Screenings and events will take place throughout the museum in this jam-packed fast moving two-day cultural event Filmmakers will compete for awards in several categories including Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film.

The Mattatuck Museum and !Viva Cinema! Latino Film Festival are committed to presenting Waterbury as a premier destination for Latin American cultural and arts events, improving the quality of life for the residents of Waterbury, while providing a positive economic benefit to the city’s business community and the surrounding region.

For more schedule and tickets information or to submit a film visit:

Friday June 27
Films begin: 12:00pm
Opening Night Feature 7:00pm
Opening Night Reception: 9:00pm

Saturday June 28
Films begin: 10:30am
Saturday Night Feature 7:00pm
Opening Night Reception: 9:00pm

Tom Carruthers 
Executive Director - CTFF & !Viva Cinema!
Colby Rutledge
Programming Director