For thirteen years, Phoenix College’s Latino Film Festival has offered celluloid glimpses into Latino culture across the world. This year, the fest brings together films under the banner of music from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain, and it gets rolling Thursday, March 21, at Phoenix College.
The fest’s first selection, Carlos Saura’s 2010 film Flamenco, Flamenco, explores the music and dance that originated in southern Spain through vivid visuals of performances by dancers Farruquito and Eva Yerbabuena, guitarist José Miguel Carmona, and Latin Grammy Award winner Niña Pastori, among others. ASU professor of Spanish Literature Carmen de Urioste speaks afterward to lend her insights. Other notable films include 2012’s Esperando a los Bitles (Waiting for the Beatles), regarding the ongoing Beatlemania in Mexico, and Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles, narrated by Edward James Olmos.
Continuing through Thursday, March 28, festival events also take place at Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Latino Arts and Culture Center. Admission is free to all screenings.