The US-México border: a unique stretch of land south of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and north of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas dividing the two countries. I say Rio Grande, you say Río Bravo. Made aquí y allá, new and old, FRONTERA! is an ongoing series of narrative and documentary films that describe this peculiar area of the world in realistic, imaginary, troubled and playful forms.
Sunday, May 28 at 6pm
From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón comes a visceral, heart-pounding border thriller starring Gael García Bernal as a Mexican immigrant on the run from an armed psycho in a hostile desert landscape. Director Jonás Cuarón in person for Q&A.
“A brutal and merciless chase thriller that makes no apologies for its political one-sidedness and visceral extremity: You’ve undoubtedly heard more nuanced arguments in defense of immigrant rights, but perhaps none delivered with such heart-pounding intensity.” – Variety
Co-sponsored by the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco.
Saturday, June 17 @ 5pm
With craft and a light sense of humor, director Rigoberto Perezcano approaches the harsh reality of a Oaxacan immigrant getting stuck in Tijuana after repeatedly trying to cross the border illegally. A Skype Q&A w/ writer/producer Edgar San Juan will follow the film.
“Northless will have to contend with an audience tired of the subject, but Rigoberto Perezcano’s understated, warm, non-exploitative take on a young man’s failed crossings, and the temporary life he has in Tijuana, reps an impressive debut and heralds a much-needed new voice.” -Variety
Tuesday, June 27 @ 7pm
SLEEP DEALER + THE GREAT MOJADO INVASION II
Cult and camp meet at the US-México border in Alex Rivera’s Sci-Fi tale about Tijuana’s infomaquilas and Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s futuristic Chicano mockumentary of reverse anthropology. The Great Mojado Invasion director Gustavo Vazquez in person for Q&A.
“Exuberantly entertaining — a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure….” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Sleep Dealer)
“An ironic 21st-century reversal of U.S.-Mexican relations”– Margaret Mead Film Festival (The Great Mojado Invasion)
Saturday, July 15 @ 5pm
OF KITES AND BORDERS (DE COMETAS Y FRONTERAS)
Of Kites and Borders is a documentary about the daily struggle to be a child just across the border from the US told through the eyes of four working children from Tijuana.
“Of Kites and Borders is one of those rare documentaries made in the developing world that manages to uplift, in spite of a dismal context.” -Moviemezzanine
Sunday, July 30 @ 4:30pm
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s in 1978, Robert M. Young’s classic follows a Mexican farmworker on his illegal journey into California, which he soon discovers is hardly the land of opportunity.
“a small, gentle, beautifully made film about a subject that might, in more conventional hands, have received either harsher or more histrionic treatment” -The New York Times
Friday, August 18 @ 9:15pm
BORN IN EAST L.A.
Trouble follows a Los Angeles native (Cheech Marin) everywhere after his Hispanic looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory and is dumped south of the border.
“an across-the-board winner” – Los Angeles Times
Saturday, August 26 @ 6pm
AL OTRO LADO (TO THE OTHER SIDE)
An aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico, faces two choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States. From Sinaloa, Mexico, to the streets of South Central and East L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the world of drug smuggling, illegal immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all. Director Natalia Almada expected to attend.
“This infectious little movie enriches understanding of the immigrant experience insofar as it translates one of its main forms of expression.” –The New York Times
Saturday, August 26 @ 8pm
CHULAS FRONTERAS (16mm)
Les Blank’s ’76 doc looks at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza.
“Chulas Fronteras went on to inspire future generations of musicians and filmmakers.” – Austin Chronicle
Presented by RoxCine, the Roxie’s Spanish-language film program. Curated by Angy Fonseca, Iñaki Fernandez de Retana and Isabel Fondevila.