Thursday, November 8, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 6:52 PM

El Tercer Festival de Documentales de NYC (DOCNYC FEST) presenta varios trabajos con temas latinos o relacionados con la comunidad que les recomiendo altamente. Documentales son, por esencia, 'eye openers' y con más de 125 filmes, el festival tiene para todos los gustos. Aqui les menciono algunos documentales que ya he visto y que participan en DOC NYC FEST más algunas recomendaciones de relevancia. Las entradas latinas son excelentes: Shenandoah, La Camioneta, The Central Park Five, Crooked Lines, The Needle y Searching for Sugar Man. Además, les recomendamos: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Mea Culpa Maxima: Silence in the House of God and How to Survive the Plague.

Para los que no han podido hacerlo, tienen otra oportunidad de ver Searching for Sugar Man (que estrenó en el pasado Tribeca Film Festival), The Central Park Five (estrenó en el 50th NYFF) y Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry (estrenó en el Human Rights Film Festival). La Camioneta es otro tremendo documental que les llegará muy cerca...
Déjennos saber que les han parecido!. 

DOC NYC FEST se lleva a cabo en el Centro IFC de la Sexta Avenida y en Teatro SVA de Chelsea HASTA EL 15 DE NOVIEMBRE > DOCNYC


* ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP (dir. Jorge Hinojosa).

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US PREMIERE For the millions of readers who have been enthralled by Iceberg Slim’s books, this film fleshes out the life and legacy of the man who pioneered a new kind of street-wise writing. And for newcomers to his world, it’s a great place to start. Years in the making, the film includes archival footage of Slim along with interviews with his friends, colleagues, and famous admirers such as Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones and Ice-T. The story is enhanced with stylish pulp fiction iconography.

SHENANDOAH (dir. David Turnley).

Photo by David C. Turnley
WORLD PREMIERE – Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, is a coal-mining town with a proud immigrant heritage, once pivotal in fueling America’s industrial revolution. Now the town is on the skids, struggling to retain its identity, soul, and values—all of which were dramatically challenged when four of the town’s white, high-school football stars were charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis Ramirez. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Turnley creates a deeply felt portrait of a working-class community on trial. (97 min, in English & Spanish). In person: David Turnley
SAT, NOV 10, 7:00PM (IFC) • MON, NOV 12, 4:30PM (IFC)

LA CAMIONETA (dir. Mark Kendall).

Photo by Mark Kendall
Every day, dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States and migrate to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly colored camionetas that bring most Guatemalans to work. This lyrical film follows the migration of one American bus as well as the personal stories of five individuals whose lives become intertwined with its transformation. What slowly emerges is a vivid and rich meditation on the universal quest for mobility. (72 min, in English & Spanish). In person: Mark Kendall
SAT, NOV 10, 9:15PM (IFC)

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (dirs. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon).

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In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it “the crime of the century.” But the truth about what really happened didn’t become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. This story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves. The film recently made headlines when lawyers for New York City attempted to subpoena its outtakes for an ongoing lawsuit. A story whose aftershocks continue to shape the city, this promises to be one of the most high-profile documentaries of the year. (119 min). In person: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon and members of the Central Park Five

PLUS: 2+Short films as part of SHORTS: PORTRAITS program:

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CROOKED LINES (19 min, dir. Lucy Walker) reunites part of the team behind Waste Land to tell the story of a young man who might have been Brazil’s best hope for Olympic gold in rowing.
THE NEEDLE (40 min, dir. Carmen Oquendo-Villar, Jose Correa). A gay Puerto Rican man dispenses advice and injections from his clandestine home clinic. With Carmen Oquendo-Villar in person.
THU, NOV 15, 9:45PM (IFC)

As part of SHORT LIST you will have another chance to see:

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (dir. Malik Bendjelloul).

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In the late ‘60s, the Detroit singer known as Rodriguez was considered a Chicano Bob Dylan by his producers. His album “Cold Fact” never took off in the U.S., but unbeknownst to him it became massive hit in apartheid-era South Africa. Decades later, amidst rumors of Rodriguez’s suicide, dedicated South African fans search to learn what happened to their hero. This unforgettable film chronicles their quest and its extraordinary outcome.

And also:

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (dir. Alison Klayman).

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Since he was named Runner-Up for TIME Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year, more people are starting to wonder: who is Ai Weiwei? Director Alison Klayman follows the Chinese artist/activist over three years as he pursues massive art projects around the world and champions free speech in face of intimidation in his home country. He shot to prominence in spring 2011 when Chinese authorities jailed him for two months. Klayman supplies an invaluable portrait of the man behind the headlines.


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Mea Maxima Culpa investigates the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of countless incidents of sexual abuse of children. Despite sporadic headlines, we still have enormous gaps in our knowledge about the concealment that took place over decades. Although the church has paid out over $2 billion to settle claims, U.S. courts have convicted only one senior church official for his role in covering up these crimes. Increasingly, other countries are discovering their own dark secrets. Who should be held accountable?

* HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (dir. David France).

Photo by William Lucas Walker
Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ‘90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. 

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