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Mafifa

Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso, who is almost completely deaf, takes a road trip in Cuba to learn more about a remarkable musician who died four decades ago, Mafifa. Barroso’s quest leads her on the trail of this enigmatic woman, and also makes her question her own head and heart.

Una Pelicula Sobre Parejas (A Film about Couples)

Natalia and Oriol, a couple of filmmakers in their thirties, have a little daughter called Lia. One day they receive an offer to direct a documentary and they decide to make a film about couples in love. Natalia and Oriol interview many couples, always wanting to know how they get along and what their most typical problems are. But as filming progresses, wounds in their own relationship begin to open, fights and doubts seem to be endless. But finishing the film will be their opportunity to reformulate their love for each other and their love for cinema.

Receta No Incluida (Without Prescription)

Olivia is getting ready for her family’s Christmas Eve party. But her OCD, which has been under control, suddenly returns, prompting a desperate search for the pills that have helped her in the past. But as she doesn’t have health insurance, she reaches out to her friend Jessica – who she met years ago in a mental institution – who introduces her to David, the town’s pharmacist’s son, who agrees to sell her the pills. Trapped inside David’s apartment by a rainstorm, two strangers start uncovering truths about each other and begin a healing process that doesn’t necessarily involve pills.

Perejil (Parsley)

In 1937, near the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Marie, a young Haitian woman, is expecting her first child with Frank, her doting Dominican husband. Despite rising racial tensions in the area, Marie and Frank are living a peaceful life as they prepare for the baby. One night, she is awakened by distant screams and Frank rushes out to investigate. The immediate execution of all Haitians on Dominican soil has been ordered – the so-called “Cut” – by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and what seals a victim’s fate is how they pronounce the word “perejil” (parsley), an indicator of where they are from. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Marie takes off to find Frank in the next town over. Alone in the mountains, nine months pregnant, and with nowhere to hide, she must make her way through the dense hinterland before the Parsley Massacre catches up with her.

Ludi

Ludi, a hardworking and exhausted nurse, battles coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

Cette Maison (This House)

Bridgeport, 2008: a teenage girl is found hanged in her room. While everything points to suicide, the autopsy report reveals something else. Ten years later, director Miryam Chalres – cousin of the teenager – examines the past causes and future consequences of this unsolved crime. Like an imagined biography, the film explores the relationship between the security of the living space and the violence that can jeopardise it.

Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes

A treasure trove of rescued tapes revives the golden age of reggae and reveals the fascinating story behind one of Jamaica’s most legendary recording studios, Randy’s Studio 17. Randy’s was a small, family record store in downtown Kingston that expanded when ‘Studio 17’ was added: studio and store became a hub for the music revolution that followed Jamaican independence in 1962. In its prime, artists who recorded there included Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and many more. But during Jamaica’s political turmoil of the late 1970s, the Chin family fled to the USA and the studio was abandoned. 40 years later, a collection of original studio tapes has been salvaged, revealing many unheard, stunning recordings from the ‘golden age’ of reggae.

Paroles de Nègres (Words of Negroes)

In Marie Galante, an island off Guadeloupe, the past speaks. The island is covered with sugar cane fields which still shape the destiny of men; sugar is made from their sweat in the groaning and roaring machines. The workers and planters devote their strength to the survival of their old sugar factory: Grand Anse. It’s a cathedral of rusty iron where the past resurfaces, in the timeless landscapes, the anachronistic shape of the factory, the unchanged gestures of labour and the endurance it requires. In Paroles de Nègres, director Sylvaine DampierreI shares – with today’s sugar workers – transcripts from the 1842 trial of the Grand Anse plantation master, bringing back a part of their heritage. They seize and embody these words of Negroes, thus enlivening a memory that still forges their present. The cane has been the instrument of their fathers’ damnation, and remains, against all odds, the instrument of their dignity.

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

‘Mr. Emancipation’ explores the life of Walter L. Perry and his progressive ideas for a festival in one of the most significant places and times in North American history. Perry usually sold newspapers at the Windsor/ Detroit tunnel, but in his spare time – for 30 plus years – he transformed his home town of Windsor, Ontario in Canada into the most exciting place to be. He staged an Emancipation Day festival which transcended divisions of race and class. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said, “The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.”

Lo que se Hereda (It Runs in the Family)

A revelation about Oscar Torres, her unknown and once world-famous queer filmmaker cousin, sends Victoria down a path of self-discovery through reconstructions of his intimate memories of living in 1950s authoritarian Caribbean, as Victoria leads re-enactments of his unproduced screenplays with the family who erased him.

Mafifa

Una Pelicula Sobre Parejas (A Film about Couples)

Receta No Incluida (Without Prescription)

Perejil (Parsley)

Ludi

Cette Maison (This House)

Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes

Paroles de Nègres (Words of Negroes)

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

Lo que se Hereda (It Runs in the Family)

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