Hispanic Heritage Film Festival

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Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Mid-Columbia Libraries celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Join us for a weekend of award-winning foreign language films from Latin America and Spain.

All films have English subtitles and are rated for mature audiences. Read below for the full schedule and to learn more about each film.

Saturday, Sept. 17 

10:30 am: Los sonámbulos: The Sleepwalkers

2020 | 1hr 47min | CC | Not Rated

Following the path of Lucrecia Martel’s La Cienega, Paula Hernández places her film in that family reunion subgenre, focusing on the story between mother and daughter. Luisa, her husband Emilio, and their 14-year-old daughter Ana, are spending their New Year holiday visiting Emilio’s mother Meme at her country house, joined by Emilio’s brother and his family. Over the course of what was hoped to be a peaceful, summertime family vacation, multiple tensions–ranging from career worries to troubled adolescence, a possible selling of the house to myriad family problems–will gradually simmer into an explosion. Luisa and Ana in particular will face an awakening in the midst of a silent family crisis.

12:30 pm: Guie'dani's Navel: Xquipi' Guie'dani

2019 | 1hr 59min | CC | PG-13

Guie’dani is dragged to Mexico City by her mother to help in her work as a housekeeper for an upper-middle-class family. There, the subtle psychological subjugation inflicted by the white family functions as a metaphor for the oppression of the old world by the new. Yet, Guie’dani rejects the life of servitude and seeks her own identity through a friendship with another rebellious teen. A striking contrast to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, "Guie'dani's Navel" is a unique coming-of-age narrative exploring the racism inflicted on indigenous people in Mexico and the empowerment of a new generation that refuses to accept it silently.


3 pm: Perro Bomba

2019 | 1hr 23min | CC | Not Rated

Steevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun. This precariously balanced life is disrupted when Junior, a childhood friend from Haiti, arrives in Chile seeking assistance from Steevens to establish himself. Junior has entered Chile without papers and doesn’t speak any Spanish. Steevens does everything he can to support his friend and even manages to get him a job with his employer. When an incident at their workplace erupts racial tensions and stokes a large anti-immigration sentiment in the city, Steveens loses his working documents. Now without a job, Steevens has to vacate his home and is left to wander the city, looking for a chance to restart his life beyond the margins of society.


4:30 pm: El futuro perfecto: The Future Perfect

2016 | 1hr 05min | CC | Not Rated

A smart and innovative look at the possible futures of a young Chinese immigrant in Buenos Aires, told in the stilted language of an elementary Spanish language textbook. Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of Best First Feature and nominated for the Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present at the Locarno International Film Festival.