You are invited to join us in celebrating and learning more about the rich cinematic history of Latin American and Hispanic Films. Each night during the week there will be recommended film for you to watch at home, with a Zoom discussion on the film for the night at 8:00pm (so finish the film before then!). The only exception on the time is the children’s film on Saturday. That discussion will be hosted at 4pm so that kids can participate!
- Monday – Drama – Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate (1992) – Mexico – When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking. – Available at HBO, Amazon (Rent), Hoopla, DVD available through library co-op. Discussion host TBD, join on Zoom at 8:00pm!
- Tuesday – Action / Adventure – Amores Perros / Love Dogs (2000) – Mexico – A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love. – Available at Amazon (Rent), Hoopla, DVD available through library co-op. Discussion Reyna Masko (Co-Chair of the Fiesta, Children & Youth Coordinator at St. John’s Episcopal, Grand Haven), join on Zoom at 8:00pm!
- Wednesday – Documentary – Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype (2013) – USA – Filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun explore and analyze the stereotypical portrayal of Latinos in U.S. news and media. (Available at Kanopy). Discussion host Paige Brockmyre (Leadership Team of the Fiesta), join on Zoom at 8:00pm!
- Thursday – Comedy – No se aceptan devoluciones / Instructions not Included (2013) – Mexico – A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. – Available at Amazon (Rent), DVD available through library co-op. Discussion host Fr. Jared Cramer (Co-Chair of the Fiesta, Rector of St. John’s Episcopal in Grand Haven), join on Zoom at 8:00pm!
- Friday – Thriller / Fantasy – El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Spain – In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. – Available at Hoopla, Amazon (Rent), DVD through library co-op. Discussion host Christina LeVey-Rowland (Loutit Library, Grand Haven), join on Zoom at 8:00pm!
- Saturday – Children’s – The Book of Life (2014) – Mexico – The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. – Amazon (Rent), DVD available through Library. Discussion host Martha Lankheet (Spring Lake District Library), join on Zoom at 4:00pm!
Looking for more great Latin American and Hispanic films? Here is our full list of other recommended films in every category! Mexico may have won the poll in voting for most of the genres we are doing in this year’s festival, but the full list has several other counties and amazing films for you to explore!