Latin American Docs

Latin American Docs

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Latin American Docs
  • The Rest I Make Up

    Directed by Michelle Memran • Documentary • 79 minutes

    Maria Irene Fornes was one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing world...

  • Suspension

    Directed by Simón Uribe Martínez • Documentary • 2020 • 75 minutes

    Deep in the misty jungle of southern Colombia, between treacherously steep mountain slopes, stands an unfinished concrete bridge as an absurd symbol of human folly. Once intended as a link in the new “bypass” that was supposed to...

  • Housemaids

    Directed by Gabriel Mascaro • Documentary • 2012 • 76 minutes

    Housemaids are an integral part of the household in Brazil, and participate in the day-to-day life of the family. The employment of housemaids is almost obligatory among the middle and upper classes of the country. The vast majority o...

  • The Cordillera of Dreams

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2019 • 85 minutes

    Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (with Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship bet...

  • Inner Borderlines

    Directed by Luis Mancha • Documentary • With Leo Chavez, María Herrera-Sobek, Francisco Lomelí, Belinda Campos, Raúl Fernandez, Mario García, Ellen McCracken, Eleanor Guzman • 2014 • 72 minutes

    Inner Borderlines follows Alejandro Morales around Southern California as he explores a variety of top...

  • O Amor Natural

    Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 2007 • 76 minutes

    O AMOR NATURAL is a documentary film about the erotic poetry of one of the greatest Latin American poets of the 20th century, the Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987).

    The erotic poems of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a hou...

  • Waiting for the Carnival

    Directed by Marcelo Gomes • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes

    The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20-million pairs of jeans are produced in make-shift factories. The locals work non-stop hours, proud to be the masters of their own time. Durin...

  • When Two Worlds Collide

    Directed by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel • Documentary • 2016 • 103 minutes

    In this tense and immersive Sundance award-winner, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the...

  • Still Burn (Algo quema)

    Directed by Mauricio Alfredo Ovando • Documentary • 2020 • 77 minutes

    Alfredo Ovando Candia was a military general who served as co-president of Bolivia from 1965–66 (and again from 1969–70) after overthrowing President Víctor Paz Estenssoro. His political and military service connect him to the...

  • Light Years: Lucrecia Martel and the Making of Zama

    Directed by Manuel Abramovich • Documentary • With Lucrecia Martel • 2017 • 75 minutes

    An illustration of filmmaking’s many stages — mysterious, delirious, playful, frustrated — and complex artistic collaboration with its subject, Manuel Abramovich’s new film concerns Lucrecia Martel during the ...

  • Camocim

    Directed by Quentin Delaroche • Documentary • With Mayara Gomes, César Lucena • 2017 • 76 minutes

    Every four years, the calm routine of Camocim de São Félix, a small city in Pernambuco is rocked. During the municipal campaign, the city is split in two and lives seem to function only around polit...

  • Border South

    Directed by Raul O. Paz Pastrana • Documentary • 2020 • 82 minutes

    To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.

    Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from s...

  • Return to Cuba

    Directed by David Fabrega • Documentary • 2016 • 78 minutes

    After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in the town of Santa Clara, in Cuba, her homeland. Through the projects of family and friends, she discovers what has changed, what hasn’t, and what will likely never change ...

  • El Eternauta´s Wife

    Directed by Adan Aliaga • Documentary • With Elsa Sánchez de Oesterheld, Francisco Solano López, Daniel Rafecas, Jorge Oesterheld, Juan Sasturain • 2011 • 82 minutes

    It has been fifty years since the adventures of Juan Salvo were first published in the science fiction comic El Eternauta. Some ti...

  • La Soledad

    Directed by Jorge Thielen-Armand • Drama • With José Dolores López, Marley Alvillares, Adrializ López, Jorge Roque Thielen, María del Carmen Agámez • 2016 • 89 minutes

    Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a ramshackle villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neig...

  • In the Intense Now

    Directed by João Moreira Salles • Documentary • 2017 • 127 minutes

    Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of C...

  • The Tiniest Place

    Directed by Tatiana Huezo • Documentary • 2011 • 104 minutes

    On the surface THE TINIEST PLACE is the story of Cinquera, a village literally wiped off the official map during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. But on a deeper level it is a story about the ability to rise, to rebuild and reinvent on...

  • El Velador

    Directed by Natalia Almada • Documentary • 2011 • 72 minutes

    Martin, the night watchman, arrives with the setting sun in his rumbling blue Chevrolet. The cemetery mascots, EI Negro y La Negra, chase his truck down the road and greet him with wagging tails. The sound of construction fades away as...

  • Codigo Color, Memorias

    Directed by William Sabourin O'Reilly • Documentary • 2015 • 30 minutes

    CODIGO COLOR, MEMORIAS (COLOR CODE, MEMORIES), explores the complex issue of racism through the memories of the picturesque city of Santiago de Cuba.

    CODIGO COLOR was initially made for Cuban youth who are unfamiliar with t...

  • Cassandro, the Exotico

    Directed by Marie Losier • Documentary • 2018 • 73 minutes

    This stirring feature portrait of lucha libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-s...

  • Away from Meaning (Lejos del sentido)

    Directed by Olivia Luengas • Documentary • 2020 • 88 minutes

    When Liliana was three years old, she suffered from viral encephalitis. As a consequence, she began to experience borderline personality disorder years later. Along with her family, she devotes herself to managing and coping with emoti...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 1)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1975 • 96 minutes

    On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political devel...

  • Elena

    Directed by Petra Costa • Documentary • With Petra Costa, Elena Andrade • 2012 • 80 minutes

    Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictators...

  • The Pearl Button

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2014 • 82 minutes

    The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile...