Opening Night: '1st Annual NYC Revolutionary Latino Film Festival'
In Celebration Of The 82nd Birthday Of Dr. Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
"Featuring The Internationally Award Winning Film Written & Directed By Vagabond, El Machetero.
6:00:PM El Che
Dir. Aníbal Di Salvo & Maurice Dugowson, 1997, 83 min.
Documentary that retraces Guevara's life and political career, beginning with his youth in 1950's Argentina, when he set out on the road, writing travel diaries, poetry, and stories. His wanderings through the Andes, Patagonia, Peru, and the Chilean desert informed his identity not as a citizen of one nation but as a Latin American. Following his medical studies, he left Argentina forever, dedicating his life to fighting imperialism, poverty, and social injustice throughout the continent
7:30PM El Machetero
Dir. Vagabond, 2010
Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this controversial film. French journalist Jean Dumont (Isaach de Bankolé) interviews Pedro Taino (Not4Prophet) a “Puerto Rican Terrorist" in prison. Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free a colonized Puerto Rico from the United States. Jean questions Pedro about his decision to use violence to achieve that freedom. As they speak, a ghetto youth (Kelvin Fernandez) trapped in a cycle of violence, is encouraged by Pedro and a mentor (Dylcia Pagan) from his childhood in Puerto Rico to become the next generation of Machetero. The film is structured around songs from the album, “Liberation Day” by RICANSTRUCTION and interwoven into the film as a narrative voice. RICANSTRUCTION also provides an original improvised score."
Info: MAYSLES INSTITUTE