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Movie still from the short The Crocodile, shown with Reporter.

Includes a total of 42 films from 13 countries until September 28

This year’s Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival (SFLFF) is in theatres and cultural centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area spanning four cities over 16 days and screening 40 films from 12 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, USA); including local filmmakers and several feature films made by women.
The festival will present notable Mexican films including Looking for Larisa (Mexico) by established filmmaker Luis Estrada- a blockbuster, wickedly dark political satire about Mexico today starring Damian Alcazar and A Stone’s Throw (Mexíco) by Sebastian Hiriart, making his directorial debut in this indie film about a restless goat herder going off on a road trip with stops in San Diego and San Francisco after finding a key chain in the desert.
Other films include Sin Padre by Jay F. Lopez, a San Francisco production by first time filmmaker Jay F. Lopez. It is about Juan, a street-smart, 17 year-old Honduran in the Mission District of San Francisco. When he is given an assignment to write about where he comes from, Juan is reminded of a deep pain in his life: his fatherless childhood. With only a faint memory to guide him, Juan uses the assignment to search for his father. But as he continues to push for the truth, it leads him down a path he never expected. It will be screened on September 29, 9:30pm at MACLA in downtown San Jose.
Other movies in San Jose include:
Adverse Reactions / Reacciones Adversas
September 25, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at MACLA
Daniel is a young man suffering from low self-esteem, who is incapable of defending himself from the abuses of employers and of society in general. He is on antidepressants to make his monotonous life more bearable; however, far from helping him, the medication heightens his condition with hallucinations and psychotic thoughts of vengeance that lead him to a state of total confusion between reality and his imagination.
Mariachi High & Tales of Masked Men
September 27, 6pm – 9pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza
FREE screening of Mariachi High, a year in the life of competitive high school mariachi musicians in the top-ranked ensemble Mariachi Halcon in the small border town of Zapata, Texas — a flash point for the complex issues facing the fastest-growing ethnic group in the US. Tales of Masked Men explores “Lucha Libre” and its role in communities in the United States and Mexico.
Reporter / Reportero
September 28, 7pm – 9pm at MACLA
Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the media. In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? Shown with short: The Crocodile USA 2012,  Dir. Steve Acevedo. A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner with tragic consequences for both.
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