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The Redwood City International Latino Film Festival - November 6 – 8, Downtown!

Redwood City, CA - October 2, 2009 –This year, the entire International Latino Film Festival is taking place in Redwood City, hosted by Redwood City and the Latino Leadership Council. The festival kicks off with a fabulous gala event, followed by three evenings of incredible, award-winning international Latino films. The Redwood City International Latino Film Festival offers the best features, shorts, and documentaries from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos in the U.S.

The festival takes place November 6 - 8, 2009, in beautiful Downtown Redwood City. The Gala Opening Reception is November 6 at the San Mateo County History Museum in the dramatic rotunda under its magnificent stained glass dome. Film screenings at the Century 20 Downtown Theatres are November 6th, 7th, and 8th. Special free community screenings are scheduled at Skyline College on November 4th, and Cañada College and College of San Mateo on November 5th. Movie descriptions, event details, and ticket information are online now at

Film lovers from the local community and throughout the bay area will enjoy ten great Latino films at this renowned festival, as it brings a new level of culture and art to our community. The film festival showcases the best in new international Latino cinema, encourages emerging film talent, and pays tribute to celebrated Latino actors, directors, and producers – and Redwood City is pleased to host this fabulous event right in the heart of our Downtown.

The entire community is invited to join other film aficionados and festival novices alike at the Gala Opening Reception for Latino delicacies, wonderful beverages, and live entertainment, and then enjoy a fabulous weekend of award-winning Latino cinema.

Here is the great lineup of films at the Century 20 Downtown Theatres at part of the Redwood City International Latino Film Festival:

Friday, November 6
6:30 pm - Almost Divas / Casi Divas
9 pm - Calle 13: Without Maps / Calle 13: Sin Mapa

Saturday, November 7
An homage to director Christian Poveda, who was shot to death in El Salvador, the site of his documentary La Vida Loca about that country’s rampant gang activity.

3:30 pm - The Crazy Life / La Vida Loca
5:30 pm – Spiral / Esprial
8 pm -  Meet the Head of Juan Perez / Conozca la Cabeza de Juan Perez 

Sunday, November 8

3 pm - The Station of Forgetfulness / La Estación del Olvido
5:15 pm – Bad Habits / Malos Habitos
7:45 pm - A Boyfriend for My Wife / Un Novio para Mi Mujer

Community College films - FREE: 

Skyline College, 6 pm - She is the Matador / Ella es el Matador
College of San Mateo, 6 pm - The Enemy God / Yai Wanonabalewa
Cañada College, 6 pm - Calle 13: Without Maps / Calle 13: Sin Mapa

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Magda González
Deputy City Manager


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