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Individual tickets now on sale! Plus, contenders for the Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary!

Written by: FFT Webmaster | April 1st, 2011

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Tickets for individual screenings at the Quad Cinema are now on sale! You can get them at the Quad Cinema box office or at See you at the Quad!

Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary

As part of the Havana Film Festival, some of the featured films compete for the Havana Star Prize. This year, we are pleased to announce the first annual Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary! Seven films are in competition for this prize, including two whose world premieres will occur at HFFNY. We are very excited to be part of this opportunity that will allow greater exposure to this group of talented Latin American filmmakers.

Interactivo, la pelicula – WORLD PREMIERE

Interactivo (Interactivo, the Movie)
Dir. Tane Martinez, Cuba/USA
Quad Cinema

Sunday, April 10, 3:40, 72 min.
Q&A with director

Interactivo is a Cuban band led by Roberto Carcassés. The launch of its new album “Cubans around the World” drives the story as we journey with their members through a profound meditation on migration, freedom, and Cuban music.

Interactivo, la pelicula is part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a New York celebration of Cuban arts and culture.

La Salsa Cubana – WORLD PREMIERE

La Salsa Cubana

Dir. Eric Joseph & Sarita Streng, USA/Cuba
Quad Cinema

Saturday, April 9, 7:10 pm, 81 min.
Q&A with director

A true story about Cuban salsa dancing, the film follows a dance group from Havana striving to win the national dance competition. Enter a world of vibrant dancing, fascinating relationships, wonderful music, and colorful imagery.

La Salsa Cubana is part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a New York celebration of Cuban arts and culture.

BlattangelusBlattangelusDir. Araceli Santana, Mexico
U.S. premiere!
Quad Cinema
Saturday, April 9, 5:30 pm, 70 min.
Q&A with director
Quad Cinema
Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 pm, 70 min

Since childhood, Jorge’s homosexuality had created a conflict that ended when he moved away from the precepts of his religion. But the counsel of a priest reconciles him with his faith and leads him to head a church that brings gays closer to a God who promotes responsibility and awareness of their freedom.

Newen Mapuche: La fuerza de la gente de la tierra

Newen Mapuche (Newen Mapuche: The Force of the People From the Land)
Dir. Elena Varela, Chile
U.S. premiere!
Quad Cinema

Saturday, April 9, 3:00 pm, 124 min. Q&A with director

Filmmaker Elena Varela embarks on an investigation with one purpose: to tell the story of the last 10 years of struggle of the Mapuche community. After the police detain her and confiscate her film material, the filmmaker now narrates the story from her own experience.

Los rostros detras de las munecas de Madame Alexander

Los Rostros Detras (The Faces Behind Madame Alexander Dolls)
Dir. Freddy Vargas, USA
El Museo del Barrio
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 pm, 60 min.
Special screening!
Q&A with director and cast members

This documentary is a tribute to the Dominican and Latin American workers who have worked in the famous doll factory at The Madame Alexander Doll Company, Inc., dedicating their lives to providing happiness to people around the world since 1923.

Presented as part of El Museo del Barrio’s Nuevo Cine film series, which reflects on the diverse faces of labor and the changing tides for workers.

Operacion Peter Pan: Cerrando el circulo en Cuba

Operation Peter Pan (Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba)
Dir. Estela Bravo, USA/Cuba
U.S. premiere!
Quad Cinema
Sunday, April 10, 5:30 pm, 57 min.
Q&A with director

Between 1960-1962 more than 14.000 unaccompanied Cuban children were sent by their parents to the US to “save them from the Revolution,” in an Operation by the State Department called Peter Pan. 50 years later, a group of Peter Pans return to Cuba to make peace with their past.

Operacion Peter Pan: Cerrando el circulo en Cuba is part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a New York celebration of Cuban arts and culture.

RobatierraRobatierra (Stolen Land)
Dir. Margarita Martinez & Miguel Salazar, Colombia
NY premiere!
Quad Cinema
Friday, April 8, 3:00 pm, 73 min.
Quad Cinema
Thursday, April 15, 6:30 pm, 73 min.

This riveting documentary illustrates the decades-long, often violent resistance movement of the indigenous Nasa people of Colombia over rights to their native land stolen from their ancestors.

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