Que viva! El Cine Latino is back

Carl Robinette

Mon September 23, 2013 10:47pm

With a different film screening every Wednesday in September in Otay Ranch Town Center’s food court, ¡Que Viva! El Cine Latino is sure to be a great way for South Bay residents to send off the summer film season.

The film festival, now in its seventh year, is organized by Media Arts Center San Diego to showcase some of the most acclaimed films coming out of Latino Cinema which often get overlooked by American theater and film industries.

“There’s more out there than just what Hollywood wants us to see,” said Glenn Heath, the Media Center’s programming manager.  “I think alternative programming, trying to expand people’s perspective beyond what the Hollywood marketing machine presents to us is important and I think San Diego has come a long way.”

Film screenings are free and open to the public and will feature prescreening entertainment including live music from local artists and other special guests.  The weekly showings start at 6:30 p.m. September 4, 11, 18 and 25 and will include four feature films and one documentary.

September 4: “No” – A dramatic retelling of how embattled Chilean President Augusto Pinochet’s reign was brought to an end in 1988 starring Gael García Bernal.  Directed by Pablo Larraín, the film is adapted from the unpublished play, El Plebiscito, written by Antonio Skármeta.

September 11: “Cinco de Mayo: la Battala” – A fictionalized account of the bloody history behind the now popular holiday.  It is the story for how a few thousand Mexican patriots defended their country against what was the world’s most powerful army.

September 18: “La Camioneta” – A documentary out of Guatemala that uncovers the process of turning decommissioned American school buses into the brightly-colored camionetas that transport the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.  What unfolds is the journey of one such bus and the life threatening circumstances faced by the drivers.

September 25: “The Girl” – The story of an American woman (Abbey Cornish) who, after a series of bad decisions, stumbles into the life of young Mexican girl desperate to find her mother after they were separated crossing the border into the United States.