Oct 21 2019

4th Ibero American Film Festival

October 21 - 25, 2019


Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center


803 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


All films will be screened at 12PM

Free Admission

All films with English subtitles
Light refreshments will be served


Pájaros de Verano (COLOMBIA, MEXICO / 2018/ 125 MIN)

Excellent film presented by Colombian directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallardo. The film narrates the consequences of the encounter between the natives of the Guajira desert and the outsiders, guided by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—. The film shows that the cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayúu way of life.

Aquí y Allá (MÉXICO, ESPAÑA Y ESTADOS UNIDOS / 2012 / 110 MIN)

The film, Aquí y Allá (Here and There), tells the story of Pedro, who after years of working in New York, returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, finding his family, the villagers who think the crops will be bountiful, and the local who have their hopes in opportunities far away from the village, north of the borders. In an unexpected way to tell immigrant story, the director, Antonio Méndez Esparza has made a remarkable debut, using non-professional actors, making authentic representation of Mexican/US border situation.

Mr.Kaplan (ESPAÑA, URUGUAY, ALEMANIA/ 2014 / 98 MIN)

An old German, who lives apart on a beach, raises the suspicions of Jacobo Kaplan, who intends to kidnap him and send him back to Israel, seeing this as a great opportunity to do something great and recover the respect of his family. Filmmaker Álvaro Brechner, narrates in an ingenious way the existential problems that haunt those who escape from their past.


The director Pablo Larraín reinvents the Poet and Politician’s struggle with the State in his film Neruda. In congress, Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party. Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. In this story of a persecuted poet and his impeccable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

Pelo Malo (VENEZUELA / 2013 / 93 MIN)

A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer. Junior doesn’t even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts Marta to set out to “correct” Junior’s condition before it fully takes hold.

Sponsored by:

  • Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
  • School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics
  • Moving Image Arts Program
  • Women’s Leadership and Resource Center
  • Institute for the Humanities
  • Spanish Ministries of Culture and Education
  • Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies
  • Spanish Film Club


School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Date posted

Sep 17, 2019

Date updated

Feb 14, 2020