“Hola Mexico” is a Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and this year’s theme is “¡Adiós Clichés! ¡Hola Mexico! (Goodbye Cliches! Hello, Mexico!), which seeks to explore and continue dialogue on what it means to be Mexican today. The films reflect the diversity in Mexico, including stories that portray different landscapes, histories, experiences, economic and social classes, politics, and sexual orientation.
If you live in the area, the 2012 Hola Mexico Film Festival will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California from May 24th to the 30th. For more information, visit www.holamexicoff.com, follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/holamexicoff and find them on Twitter @HolaMexicoFF.
Of course I’m much too far away to attend, but I watched the trailers for all the feature length and documentary films this morning (I couldn’t find any of the shortfilms online but there will be several at the festival), and chose a few I’d want to see if I could. (A complete listing of films can be found at www.holamexicoff.com.)
Días De Gracia / Days Of Grace (Film)
Aquí Entre Nos (Just Between Us) (Film)
Adiós Mundo Cruel (Goodbye, Cruel World) (Film)
El Cielo en tu Mirada (Heaven in Your Eyes) (Film)
De Panzazo (Barely Passing) (Documentary)
Félix: Autoficciones de un traficante (Felix: Self-Fictions of a Smuggler) (Documentary)
Agnus Dei – Cordero de Dios (Documentary)
Surprisingly there was one film about Salvadoran Archbishop Romero and the civil war in El Salvador. This is the only film I noticed that wasn’t about Mexico or Mexicans. It is emotionally upsetting so I’m going to link it rather than embed – You can decide whether you want to click through.
El Cielo Abierto (The Open Sky) (Documentary)
As you can see, the Hola Mexico Film Festival has a diverse mix of films – some funny, some serious but all of them thought provoking and worth checking out.