Guillermo Pfening as Nico in NOBODY’S WATCHING. John Harris. / Courtesy of FiGa Movies.

Fans of Latin American cinema are now in for a treat in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival that kicked off Wednesday night with a lush red rug and concert. Now in its 16th season, the festival is embracing a mix of films exploring a broad variety of subjects and tales .

The line-up, which includes jobs made for a variety of platforms–the big screen, tv, the web and a much-anticipated conversation by four-time Academy Award winning Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu – is intriguing, powerful, and based on one of the festival’s programmers, “reflective of those times.”

“There’s a great deal of energy behind this fresh Latin American generation of filmmakers,” said festival developer, Loren Hammonds. “The job coming out is trendy and by that I mean, that the job is less stodgy than the job we’re viewing from Hollywood. There’s a DIY feel to this job, but it’s masterfully done.”

Making its world premiere is movie “Nobody is Watching,” from the gifted New York-based Argentinian manager, Julia Solomonoff. Immigration is tackled by it with an improbable hero–a telenovela celebrity who immigrates to find success, only to find that talking English with an accent and being blonde are detriments to achievement within a country and sector trapped in stereotypical tropes.

The documentary movie “A River Below ” tackles the treacherous job of 2 environmentalists from the Amazonian jungle which leaves among them, a Colombian pink tomb, specialist asking himself: “What kind of a world do we live in if a biologist is scared to tell the facts?”

Then there is “Elián,” a documentary which revisits the outstanding narrative of the little Cuban boy rescued from the sea that got caught in the magnificent Cold War politics between Cuba and the exile Cuban community of Miami.

“We are seeing an intriguing independent fashion and many co-productions between countries,” explained another Tribeca festival developer, Liza Domnitz, of this slate.

By means of example, Domnitz pointed into Solomonoff’s movie. Argentina and A Colombia co-production, the movie has an abysmal lead and it had been shot in New York City over three seasons with a pan-Latino cast.

Spanish speakers are going to have the ability to enjoy the diversity of Spanish cadences from the movie’s cast –Argentinian, Colombian, New York English, Dominican, Mexican and also Puerto Rican. Solomonoff provides her international team a shout, since the credits roll with names of the crew and cast accompanied by flags from their respective native countries.

The width of subjects tackled and the quality of the films demonstrates that the cinema of the region continues to enjoy a renaissance that was booming.

Among those legends which kicked off the boon nearly two years back with “Amores Perros,” award-winning manager González Iñárritu provides an intimate conversation about his artwork in the popular show, Tribeca Talks. Expect plenty of questions about his upcoming virtual reality project, “Carne y Arena” that will release in Cannes this summer.

“We got lucky this season since he had been between films,” Hammonds informed NBC Latino. “We have been requesting for years to take part.”

Below are some quick summaries of a few of the exceptional Latino and Latin American films of the festival:

Ettore D’Alessandro as Nichi Valente and Algenis Perez Soto as Francisco “Cisco” Castillo in SAMBA. Nicolas Cordone

“We don’t get to see enough films in the the Dominican Republic and it’s exciting for us in order to flaunt this jewel in a city with the next largest Dominican population in the nation,” says Hammond. The hero of this story is a young Dominican man who contributes to the island after serving fifteen years behind bars in the U.S. Struggling to find work to help his ailing mum Cisco turns into boxing. This isn’t your typical boxing and sports fairytale. The movie offers a gorgeous and never so gorgeous view of life also investigates the boxing scene.

Elian Gonzalez swims from the Cuban sea, one of his favorite pastimes. Film still from ELIAN. Ross McDonnell

The last time that the world saw Elian he had been a Cuban boy trapped between the hardline politics of the challenging line of communist president and also Miami Cuban exile community. A quantity of footage that caught the melodrama of this narrative serves as an entry point. The movie captures up Elian’s feisty cousin, using Marisleysis Gonzalez, Elian’s father, Juan Miguel, along with Elian himself, that is little hero in his native Cuba.

Guillermo Pfening as Nico in NOBODY’S WATCHING. John Harris. / Courtesy of FiGa Movies.

New York based Argentinian director Julia Solomonoff delivers a powerful and touching movie tackling a timely subject: immigration. The narrative follows Nico, a popular novela celebrity from Argentina moves to make it in the movie business. Besides a range of New York City characters that are lovely, the town is the celebrity. Shot in three seasons the images of the Big Apple are mesmerizing and worth every framework and luminous.

The Amazon River. Film still from A RIVER BELOW. Helkin Ren? Diaz.

“What kind of a world we are living in if a biologist is scared to tell the facts?” Inquires Dr. Fernando Trujillo, a noodle conservationist from Colombia? It is a question that is in the heart of this glorious documentary about two bold conservationists, (another is biologist turned reality star Richard Rasmussen, ”) bent of rescuing the endangered pink dolphin. The movie shows the complexity and danger of becoming an environmentalist from Latin America. Earth Day must watch and an ideal offering to observe!


The fantastic hero of this documentary would be Venezuelan-Puerto Rican LGBT rights activist Sylvia Rivera. The movie follows Bronx born Cruz who directs a new investigation into the controversial departure of her best friend and street boy, Marsha P. Johnson, who with Rivera was one of those transgender activists who led the homosexual civil rights movement.

A scene from “Holdout” in the Tribeca Film Festival. Courtesy of Tropico Media

Part of this Tribeca N.O.W. show, this brief shot for the net that’s been portrayed as mesmerizing and genuinely lovely. A work that combines, still photography, film, and fashion tale telling, the brief tells the story of the ELN, the National Liberation Army, a organization that’s been fighting since 1964. The FARC may have declared a ceasefire and also Nobel Prizes picked up however the ELN continues now to be the active guerrilla army in the Americas.