A collection of films from young filmmakers who found their medium of expression in telling stories through film. This handpicked selection of short films features both fiction and nonfiction pieces, produced by filmmakers of varying levels of experience, that address a range of topics including immigration, politics, health, the arts, gentrification, and more.

Amigos Del Tren

Dir. Andrea Fumagalli
(Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Marcelo, a Bolivian man living in Mexico, dedicates his life to helping migrants from Central America who are traveling North riding on freight trains. Every day he brings food and clothes to the train tracks together with Lucero, a Mexican woman, and Mia, from Bolivia. The three of them are the Amigos del Tren.

En El Séptimo Día

Dir. Jim Mckay
(USA, 97 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Sports / Drama)
José is an undocumented immigrant living in New York City. His work as a delivery boy for a restaurant is challenging and his only relief is the few hours he spends playing soccer on the weekend. When his team makes it to the championship, he and his friends are elated. However, his boss tells him he has to work on the day of his championship, making José choose between  his team and his job.

Gigantes Descalzos

Dir. Álvaro Priante
(México / Spain, 65 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
A look at how the sport of Basketball has shaped the lives of the children of the Triqui Region in the Mexican State of Oaxaca. The harsh mountainous terrain and various limitations within the community leaves very little hope to the youth of the land. Through the Mexican Indigenous Basketball Association and their Professor Sergio the boys and girls will find the hope that they had been lacking.

Instantanea

Dir. Catalina Arango
(Ecuador, 75 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family)
A young child photographer is spending the holidays with her grandparents, a vacation she’s not looking forward to. Mario, her grandfather, is pretty serious about helping her study mathematics throughout the break, indicating a boring vacation. Everything changes when her grandfather gives Antonia his old Polaroid camera. New friends, adventure, and some mischief will make this an unforgettable vacation.

Singing Our Way to Freedom

Dir. Paul Espinosa
(USA, 87 min., 2017, English, Documentary)
A multilayered portrait of San Diego musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. The film chronicles Chunky’s remarkable life events from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to receiving the National Heritage Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2013. Despite the major social transformations that occurred in San Diego during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, much of that history is scarcely known today, particularly the contributions made by young Chicanos. A portrait of one charismatic musician and activist allows us to revisit this pivotal era of American history and to provoke dialogue about the many hurdles that had to be overcome to gain equal rights for Latinos in today’s society.

The Way to Andina

Dir. Arlen Parsa
(USA, 70 min., 2017, English, Documentary)
When Arlen discovers his Colombian great-grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that’s never been performed, he knows what he has to do… He just doesn’t know how to do it. Despite having zero  experience with opera, and not even speaking Spanish, he takes a leap of faith. But after promising his entire family that the 80-year-old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head?

Un exilio: Película familiar

Dir. Juan Francisco Urrusti
(Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
The wrongly-termed Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) left more than a million dead and over 500 thousand refugees, of which some 20 thousand are taken in by Mexico. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, aunt, and some of their friends. A tragedy of epic dimensions that turned into the eventful stories of survival and assimilation by the subjects, recalling their experiences and revealing the shared history between Mexico and Spain in the 20th century and beyond.

Ticket Prices:
General Admission – $12.00
Senior/Student/Military – $10.00
Member rate – $9.00

Tickets will be on sale beginning March 5th, 2018. 

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Screenings to take place at AMC Fashion Valley 18 & MACSD’s very-own Digital Gym CINEMA North Park.