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San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin Cinema

Festival returns to Fashion Valley for movies, food, and music

Credit: Home Vision Entertainment

Above: Regina Orozco and Daniel Giménez Cacho star as lovers on a murder spree in Arturo Ripstein's 1996 Mexican crime film "Deep Crimson."

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin Cinema


Moises Esparza, SDLFF programmer

Beth Accomando, arts reporter, KPBS


The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival returns to Fashion Valley for a celebration of diversity through Latin cinema.

Beth Accomando's recommendations

From Arturo Ripstein: "Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesí)," "La calle de la amargura" and "El castillo de la pureza"

"Oscuro Animal"

"The Ornithologist"


"Un mundo extraño Shorts"


"Tenemos la carne (We are the Flesh)"

The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival returns to Fashion Valley for a celebration of diversity through Latin cinema.

The selection committee for this year's festival began screening films last year just as the presidential election was coming to a close.

"The Latino community was largely under attack by this incoming administration so it was definitely in the programmers' minds to book films that were authentic and emphasized celebrating the diversity of Latino experiences. So we hope our festival is in a way a safe haven for Latinos. So we want the Latino community here in San Diego to know that we are advocating for them through the type of films we screen at our festival," film programmer Moises Esparza said.

More than 700 films were submitted and more than 170 from nearly two dozen countries made the final cut and will be screened between March 16 and 26 at AMC Fashion Valley Theaters and Digital Gym Cinema.

The country of focus this year will be Brazil with a collection of five films screening including the documentary "Cinema Novo" about the revolutionary spirit of the 1960’s film movement that changed Brazilian filmmaking.

In addition to the screening of features, documentaries, and shorts, the festival will also pay tribute to a trio of artists: veteran visionary filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, director Manolo Caro, and actress Maria Rojo. All three will be in attendance at the festival. There will also be a sidebar focusing on Latin-American filmmakers.

For the second year the festival will hold Sabor Latino on Saturday, March 18. The event serves up unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs, as well as beer and wine tastings provided by more than 20 craft breweries and wineries from San Diego and Baja California. Plus Sonido Latino will provide free concerts every day of the festival.

Once again the San Diego Latino Film Festival serves up a host of events and a wildly eclectic array of films for attendees to chose from. You can either check out the schedule of films in the online catalogue to plan exactly what you want to see or you can take the more daring approach of simply heading down to Fashion Valley whenever you can and seeing whatever is playing. Either way you will find something to stimulate your palate.

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