Culture

The Latino Experience

In a three-hour presentation of nonfiction and fiction short films, The Latino Experience explores a broad collection of experiences, perspectives, and points of view to highlight the diversity of the Latino/a/x community and to illuminate the vibrancy of the United States and Puerto Rico.

Episode 3

55m 47s

An artist longs to paint a hillside community green. A single mother and veteran takes a new job that triggers her PTSD. A woman's deceased parents return to help her during the pandemic. A family grapples with politics during a holiday dinner.

Episodes

  • Episode 3: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3

    S2021 E3 - 55m 47s

    An artist longs to paint a hillside community green. A single mother and veteran takes a new job that triggers her PTSD. A woman's deceased parents return to help her during the pandemic. A family grapples with politics during a holiday dinner.

  • Episode 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2

    S2021 E2 - 55m 47s

    A young girl makes an image-altering decision. A Guatemalan truck driver and pastor copes with the pandemic. A mystical mechanic helps a boy fix his mother's car. A pregnant MBA student's due date and exam date conflict, forcing her to make a choice.

  • Episode 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 1

    S2021 E1 - 55m 44s

    A little boy tries to help his sickly grandfather. Women grapple with life on the border. Latinx letterpress printers combine art with social practice. A sentimentalist works to fulfill her bucket list. LGBTQ dance couples blaze a trail.

Extras + Features

  • Mi Fango, Mi Cerro: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mi Fango, Mi Cerro

    S2021 E3 - 15m 40s

    A portrait of Chemi Rosado-Seijo, an artist who yearns to find utopia in Puerto Rico. After a long search, he believes he finds it in El Cerro, a rural, working-class community nestled in the mountains. For 10 years, he works with the community to paint houses across the hillside in different shades of green.

  • The Daily War: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Daily War

    S2021 E3 - 12m 11s

    The story of a veteran (Adelina Anthony) and her son, who struggle to make ends meet. When a job opportunity presents itself, it ends up triggering her PTSD.

  • Cuban American Gothic: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cuban American Gothic

    S2021 E3 - 12m 41s

    The comic and slightly surreal story of Maggie (Maggie Diaz Bofill), who is living alone in New York City during the early 2020 pandemic. When her Cuban parents return from the dead to help, they remind her of their immigrant journey and that they have given her everything she needs to rise above the moment.

  • Noche Buena: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Noche Buena

    S2021 E3 - 15m 24s

    On Christmas Eve, a dysfunctional Cuban family gathers around the dinner table. Caro (Erica Adams) struggles to get through the night as everyone grapples with political correctness, current events and the incessant battle between left and right. As resentment escalates into verbal and literal diarrhea, they uncover hard truths about themselves —all before the flan.

  • Un Pequeño Corte: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Un Pequeño Corte

    S2021 E2 - 14m 29s

    When 6-year-old Elizabeth (Lucia Malagon) cuts off one of her pigtails while at school, her strong-willed and super protective mother (Camila Arteche) rushes Elizabeth to the beauty parlor, where she is the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. A first-generation Cuban American in Miami, Elizabeth seeks to find her own identity with the help of a new friend.

  • Body and Spirit in Times of Pandemic: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Body and Spirit in Times of Pandemic

    S2021 E2 - 10m 20s

    Follow Edwin Siguenza, a Guatemalan immigrant truck driver and pastor of a Latino Evangelical church in Los Angeles. When the pandemic hits, Edwin has to navigate the risks of being an essential worker while attending to the needs of his congregation and the pressure to keep the church open.

  • Our Lady Lupe: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Our Lady Lupe

    S2021 E2 - 15m 10s

    The story of Chico, a 10-year-old boy (Derrick Delgado) who spends all his time playing video games. When his hard-working mother’s car breaks down, Chico embarks on a journey to fix it with the help of a mystical mechanic—and learns a lesson about tradition and family.

  • Pasos de Valor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pasos de Valor

    S2021 E2 - 15m 24s

    Val (Nathalie Carvalho) is a pregnant MBA student whose due date and final exam are in conflict. Determined to create opportunity for her Mexican American family, Val takes the exam despite her professor’s refusal to make accommodations.

  • Death & Deathability: A Period Piece: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Death & Deathability: A Period Piece

    S2021 E1 - 12m 45s

    Mystified by the unexpected arrival of her first period, Ceci (Blanca Ordaz) concludes she must be dying. She prepares a bucket list to accomplish on her final day, including her first real kiss and her own funeral, because death should be an art.

  • Folk Frontera: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Folk Frontera

    S2021 E1 - 14m 26s

    Folk Frontera is a magical-realist portrait of life in the borderlands. The film follows two fronteriza women as they struggle to find their place in the vast Chihuahuan Desert, a region whose culture is thousands of years old, but which is bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • The Blue Cape: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blue Cape

    S2021 E1 - 5m 24s

    Ten-year-old Junior (Yanniel A. Arce Rivera) is summoned by his mother to search for the medicine his grandfather so desperately needs. To embark on his journey, Junior wraps himself in a cape made from the blue tarp that covers his roof.

  • La Tienda: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    La Tienda

    S2021 E1 - 7m 31s

    La Tienda profiles Daniela del Mar and Camila Araya Pérez, two artists and Latinx letterpress printers in Portland, Oregon, whose work intertwines social justice and Spanglish with the craft of traditional printing techniques.

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