The Puerto Rican Festival will host its 2nd Latino Film Festival on September 15, 2012 at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue Rochester, NY from 1pm - 11pm.
The film festival will spotlight four powerful and inspiring Latino films. The films are as follows:
Viva Cuba(1:00pm):The friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother is a poor socialist that is proud of her family's social standing. She places similar restriction on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
Santo Domingo Blues (3:00pm):Is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the guitar-playing, singer songwriter Luis Vargas and Bachata, the guitar blues of Santo Domingo. Born in the bars and brothels of the Dominican Republic, Bachata is now eclipsing rap as the music of choice for Latino youth on the streets of New York and has become an emblem of national pride for Dominican immigrants.
Borinqueneers (5:00pm):Special presentation by Producer/Director Noemi Figueroa - This compelling film chronicles the untold story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history. Having performed with distinction early in the Korean War, the Borinqueneers of the 65th would face their greatest challenge in the fall of 1952, when more than 100 soldiers were arrested.
Un Cuento Chino (7:30pm):In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the spot with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station, to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life.
Social (9:00pm):Join us after the feature presentation for an evening of music provided by DJ Tone Capone and free food provided by D'Mangu Restaurant.
Prices: Entire Film Festival is FREE admission!
Sponsors: St. John Fisher College (Official Sponsor), D'Mangu Restaurant, Flat Iron Café, La Voz, RG&E, Sean Charles, and Wegmans.
Please note seating is limited and based on a first come, first served basis.