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The 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

Celebrating Films By, For, And About Latinos

Arturo Ripstein's


Above: Arturo Ripstein's "Las razones del corazón" closes out the Festival on March 18. The filmmaker will be in attendance for the screening.


Lisa Franek, San Diego Latino Film Festival's Artistic Director

Michael DeLorenzo, Actor


The San Diego Latino Film Festival turns 19 this year and is still growing and changing.

Each year the festival chooses a country to shine the spotlight on and this year the country is the United States. So Latino American films will be showcased.

In addition there will be a tribute to Latinos in TV and featuring actors David Zayas ("Dexter"), Michael DeLorenzo ("New York Undercover"), and Judy Reyes ("Scrubs").

The festival is also partnering with the Centro Cultural in Tijuana to showcase Chilean directors (bringing some to both San Diego and Tijuana) and their films.

El Mundo Extrano is a new showcase focusing on horror and sci-fi. It joins the long running and successful sidebars Cine-Gay and Animation.

The festival started nearly two decades ago as a student film festival and SDLFF still devotes a good chunk of time to screening student works.

The festival runs March 8 through 18 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center.

Artistic director Lisa Franek cites a few films that might get lost in the shuffle to check out: "'Las Malas Intenciones' (Peru), 'La Espera' (Chile), and 'Captains of the Sand' (Brazil). All good! And of course the documentaries are very diverse this year."

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