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Filméxico

November 9 - November 16

12TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL EVENT

Filméxico kicks off in November with an exciting lineup that highlights both acclaimed filmmakers and emerging voices from contemporary Mexican cinema. We will be returning to in person screenings at the Broadway starting November 9 – November 16.

Filméxico 2023 lineup will feature prominent works by indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. We will also present a series of panel discussions with Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies.

ADMISSIONS

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS
$12 per film screening
 
PASSES
$60 All Access Pass includes access to all Filméxico in person and online films and events. Available now here.
$30 Online Pass includes access to all Filméxico online films and panels. 
 
All tickets and film passes are redeemable at SLFStix.org.

Join us for our opening night live conversation with director Luis F. Puente, following a screening of the short film I Have No Tears and I Must Cry (Sin lágrimas para llorar) on Thursday November 9.  The shorts program which features four acclaimed films  begins at 7:00 pm with the live conversation panel afterward.  

We will also have a live panel following Home Is Somewhere Else (Mi Casa Está en Otra Parte) on Thursday November 16. 

GUEST FILMMAKER: Luis F. Puente

Born in Mexico and emigrated to the US during his childhood, Luis Fernando Puente studied Media Arts at Brigham Young University. His recent work includes La Luna y El Colibrí, which participated in numerous film festivals and won multiple awards including the Mesquite Award for Best Texas Short Film at Cine Festival in San Antonio, Texas.

November 10 - November 16

These FREE pre-recorded panels will be available online at SLFSathome.org.  These panels discussions are in English and Spanish with subtitles.  Available starting Nov. 10 – Nov. 16.

Vaychiletik, Nyanga, 3 Days 3 Years: The San Cristóbal de las Casas Documentary Film School team, join this exciting conversation about the immense possibilities of community and collaboration, and three true stories of the Mayan and AfroMexican people driving the resistance and the change.

Participants:

  • Nicolás Défossé, Florencia Gómez, Juan J Pérez and Medhin Tewolde.
  • Moderator: José Manzo
Free Panel Available Here 

Home Is Somewhere Else: A moving conversation about what is life around the undocumented experience, the power of stories that speak to universal needs and emotions, and the amazing crew of over 70 people who crafted this beautifully illustrated and 2023 Ariel winner for Best Animated Film.

Participants:

    • Carlos Haggerman and Jorge Villalobos
    • Moderator: Ciriac Álvarez
FREE Panel Available Here

The Train and The Peninsula: A unique team of experts, gathered exclusively for Filméxico, discuss what does the future look like for the communities this trail project has already cut across, as well as what can be done about a notion of progress that seems imposed on those who will be affected the most by its outcome.

Participants:

  • Juan Carlos Bravo, Abelardo de la Cruz, Genner Llanes-Ortiz
  • Moderator: Daniel Hernández.
FREE Panel Available Here

FILM SCHEDULE

Learn more about each film below. Most films will be available in theater or virtually on slfsathome.org.  

Films in theater start Thursday Nov. 10.  Some films will be available virtually starting Friday Nov. 11.

Thurs Nov 9

7 PM

Nyanga (20 min)

3 Days, 3 Years / 3 Días, 3 Años (30 min)

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Sweatshop Girl / Chica de Fábrica (16 min)

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I Have No Tears and I Must Cry / Sin lágrimas para llorar (13 min)

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Live panel with I Have No Tears and I Must Cry director Luis F. Puente (30 min)

Fri Nov 10

7 PM

Sweatshop Girl / Chica de Fábrica (16 min)

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The Bone Woman / Huesera (90 min)

Sat Nov 11

7 PM

Tótem (95 min)

Sun Nov 12

7 PM

Nyanga (20 min)

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Courage / Coraje (90 min)

Mon Nov 13

7 PM

3 Days, 3 Years / 3 Días, 3 Años (30 min)

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No Son Horas de Olvidar (76 min)

Tues Nov 14

7 PM

I Have No Tears and I Must Cry / Sin lágrimas para llorar
(13 min)

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Dreams / Vaychiletik (83 min)

9 PM

Vaychiletik Panel discussion (Pre-recorded) (53 min)

Wed Nov 15

7 PM


The Train and The Península / El Tren y La Península
(88 min)

 

9 PM

The Train and The Península / El Tren y La Península  Panel discussion (Pre-recorded) (47 min)

Thurs Nov 16

7 PM

Home Is Somewhere Else / Mi Casa Está en Otra Parte (87 min)

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Live Panel Discussion (30 min)

FILMS

Listed alphabetically by title. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. 

THE BONE WOMAN

HUESERA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH SWEATSHOP GIRL (CHICA DE FÁBRICA)

93 min | 2022 | Mexico, Peru | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Michelle Garza Cervera

It should be the happiest time in Valeria’s life. She and her husband, Raul, have finally seen one of their longtime dreams come true: Valeria is pregnant. At first, everything seems perfect. Gradually, though, her mood darkens. With motherhood upon her, Valeria can’t shake off heavy self-doubt and a pervasive dread, the latter stemming from visions of spider-like presences and other possibly supernatural threats, all of which may be the work of an entity known as “La Huesera.” Hoping to confront these demons, she reconnects with the old, more carefree life she once gave up for Raul, including rekindling an old flame with her first love, Octavia.

COURAGE

CORAJE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH NYANGA

90 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Rubén Rojo Aura

In old age, an actress faces the return home of her son, while her career is threatened by imminent blindness. A fiction based on the story of the protagonists themselves.

DREAMS

VAYCHILETIK

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH I HAVE NO TEARS, AND I MUST CRY (Sin lágrimas para llorar

83 min | 2021 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Juan Javier Pérez

Through his dreams, José received a gift given by the gods. A gift that brings consequences. Now that he is at a mature age in life, José would like to rest, but he is not allowed. Vaychiletik explores this fierce yet beautiful reality, forged from the dreams of the Mayan people of Mexico.

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

MI CASA ESTÁ EN OTRA PARTE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH LIVE PANEL AFTER THE FILM

87 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, English | Documentary Feature

Directed by Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

Fully animated documentary that narrates three stories which share similar fears, hopes and emotions around living the undocumented experience: Jasmine, an 11 y/o US citizen who lives afraid of her undocumented parents being deported; Sisters Evelyn and Elizabeth -a US citizen and an undocumented immigrant respectively- separated by their different migratory status; and Lalo, who was deported from his home state of Utah to Mexico at 23 y/o and since then has become an advocate to this generation of returnees and deported Mexicans through his spoken word poetry.

I HAVE NO TEARS, AND I MUST CRY

SIN LÁGRIMAS PARA LLORAR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN ON OPENING NIGHT WITH NYANGA, 3 DAYS, 3 YEARS (3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS), & SWEATSHOP GIRL (CHICA DE FÁBRICA), ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 & DREAMS (VAYCHILETIK) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14 

Live Panel following the Shorts program on Friday November 9. 

13 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Luis Fernando Puente

Maria Luisa is ready to plan her life in the US after almost a two year wait for her greencard to be aproved by the Department of Homeland Security, but when she and her husband, Jorge, are confronted about an error in her paperwork by an immigration officer, Maria Luisa is left to decide how to move forward in this seemingly endless limbo.

NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR

NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH 3 DAYS, 3 YEARS (3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS)

76 min | 2020 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by David Castañon Medina

Jorge is afraid. It seems inevitable that Juana will end up forgetting him because she has lost her identity on two occasions: the first, forced by the dictatorship in Chile; the last one, due to an Alzheimer’s outbreak. Anticipating the imminent disappearance from the world of his companion, Jorge investigates her disrupted memory through music, writings and images; willing to find the remnants of a life, the remnants of his love.

NYANGA

NYANGA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & COURAGE (CORAJE) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12

20 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Medhin Tewolde Serrano

During colonial times, Nyanga was kidnapped off the coast of Africa, brought to Mexico, and enslaved. Based on historical facts and using shadow theatre techniques and hand cinema, ‘Nyanga’ is a tribute to the resistance against colonial chains.

SWEATSHOP GIRL

CHICA DE FÁBRICA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & THE BONE WOMAN (HUESERA) ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10

16 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Selma Cervantes

Inés works as a seamstress in a sweatshop where pregnancy tests are periodically administered. When she becomes pregnant, she is sure that her condition will get her fired. She does everything she can to keep it a secret.

THE TRAIN AND THE PENINSULA

EL TREN Y LA PENÍNSULA

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 7 PM

88 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, English, Mayan | Documentary Feature

Directed by Sky Richards, Andreas Kruger Foncerrada

It is a deep dive into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as the 1500 km railroad megaproject called “Tren Maya” is being built. A cinematic journey along the projected route of the train takes us on a thrilling ride across the Peninsula. The incisive and transparent testimonies of the inhabitants of the Peninsula weave together a collective story and reveal a human landscape full of vitality and wisdom that exposes the clash between different ways of imagining progress. An urgent film that unveils the worlds hidden behind the tourist paradise that everyone knows, delving into the ideological and territorial battles unfolding in the ancestral land of the Maya.

3 DAYS 3 YEARS

3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 13

84 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Florencia Gómez Sántiz

Elena, a Mayan Tzotzil woman from San Andrés Larráinzar, Chiapas, is challenged by the uses and customs of her people when an almost entirely male community assembly appoints her as a municipal trustee. As an authority, she introduces us to the complexity of the system of socio-political organization in San Andrés. During her term of office, the traditional practice of masculinity begins to be questioned.

TÓTEM

TÓTEM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 7 PM

95 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Lila Avilés

TÓTEM is a choral film about life. Seven-year-old Sol spends the day at her grandfather’s home, helping her aunts Nuri and Alejandra with the preparations for a surprise party they are throwing for Sol’s father, Tonatiuh. As daylight fades, a strange and chaotic atmosphere takes over, shattering the bonds that hold a family together. Sol will come to understand that her world is about to change dramatically, embracing the essence of letting go and cherishing the breath of life.

SLFS and The Voices Behind Filméxico

At Salt Lake Film Society, our mission revolves around the power that film has to not only entertain our community, but also help them engage. We are proud of the independent films we screen, and the powerful and engaging stories they tell, and there’s no better example of this engaging communal power than our Cultural Film Tours.

Poster featuring a list of films screening during Filmexico 2022
Click on this poster for the upcoming schedule for Filméxico, and find a film and panel that interests you most!

As one of the longest-running and most highly-attended cultural tours we help put on at SLFS, Filméxico has been offering access to incredible selections of contemporary Mexican cinema in Utah every year for the last decade. With extensive panel discussions and prominent works by Afro Mexican and Indigenous filmmakers (and now an extensive virtual community as well), Filméxico continues to provide culturally enriching and educational experiences for the Mexican and non-Mexican community alike in Salt Lake City. 

This incredible visual storytelling tour of Mexican culture and creators wasn’t organized overnight though. Filméxico is realized every year through a large and extensive collaboration with our presenting partners Consulado de México en Salt Lake City, and Artes De México en Utah, as well as a long list of other organizations and individuals (which you can see in it’s entirety at the end of this blog). In our post this week, we want you to hear from a few different folks and organizations who make this incredible exhibition of Mexican independent film possible. Find out what they love about Filméxico, and get a preview of some films and panel discussions you won’t want to miss.

Hear From Those Who Made Filméxico Possible

“Filméxico is a unique platform that allows people to learn about the great diversity of the peoples and cultures of Mexico with the purpose to create cultural awareness and cultural connections within the US. People feel represented, included, authenticated by this important venue, and we’re especially excited for people to come out and see. Los Gigantes del Pastizal (The Grassland Giants). Filméxico has become a way to celebrate our diversity of film through art and to give opportunity to our community to have a voice through the panel discussions. Together we celebrate and elevate the voices of our community” 

“Salt Lake City is lucky to have Filméxico because it is a culturally enriching experience unique to our town. The documentaries offer valuable educational experiences, and the features and shorts give us a glimpse into Mexico’s rich independent film scene. ¡Gracias a SLFS y viva Filméxico!”

Filméxico has been one of my favorite film festivals for years as it’s a space that uplifts the work of contemporary Mexican filmmakers. Through the impeccable programming offered, Utah audiences experience Mexico in an authentic and unique way. I was most impacted—visually and emotionally—by the documentary Mamá (Mom), a film by director Xun Sero. Through intimate conversations between the filmmaker and his mother, we learn about their past as they try to understand it and each other. Sero’s mother is quick-witted and wise, and her story will make you smile and break your heart all at the same time.

"Representation STILL matters! As a queer Mexican educator and indie film buff, it is often hard to find myself represented in the documentaries and narratives shown on the big screen. Filméxico brings the stories of my people to life! I also get to share these films—and free passes—with my students at Salt Lake Community College where I work. Being the oldest of three, I’m most looking forward to watching Mamá (Mom). The often-contentious bond between my own mother and I makes me excited to see these themes come alive in a theater. Thank you Salt Lake Film Society for reminding our community that BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL! "

SLFS Cultural Tours

These snippets are from just a few of the extraordinary people who volunteer their time to make Filméxico such an authentic and engaging experience for all. Through the extensive collaboration and planning process, SLFS and these dedicated organizations have worked tirelessly to ensure that the films and events presented are relevant and meaningful to the people they serve, because they are co-created by the people they serve.

So come out to Broadway Centre Cinemas starting this Thursday 11/10 thru 11/17 to experience seven days of authentic Mexican stories told on the big screen. Take the opportunity to view prominent works by indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. Engage with a series of panel discussions by Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies, available on slfsathome.org.

Browse the list of films, panels, and showtimes at slfs.org/filmexico.

PRESENTING PARTNERS

  • Salt Lake Film Society
  • Consulado de México en Salt Lake City
  • Artes de México en Utah

MAJOR GRANTORS

  • ZAP – Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks
  • State of Utah Legislature
  • Utah Department of Arts & Museums
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Salt Lake City ACE Fund

SPONSORS

  • University of Utah Center for Latin American Studies
  • Secretaria de Cultura
  • University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center
  • IMCINE
  • University of Utah Osher Lifelong Learning
  • Mexicano-Latino Institute in Utah
  • Sundance Institute
  • Spyhop
  • Monarca Restaurant
  • Zólupez Cerveza

 

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