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Runs October 7 – 15
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month this October at the Seattle Latino Film Festival, the only festival of its kind in the Northwest. In 2009, Cuban international award-winning poet Jorge Enrique González Pacheco created this space in Seattle to explore what latinidad looks like across many distinctive Hispanic countries.
Among the line-up: On Friday, 10/14 at 7 pm, see Oaxacalifornia: The Return at Shoreline Community College. An intimate portrait of a family across three generations, this film explores the Mejía family’s experiences of being bicultural–with the added vantage point of documentary footage from the original film in 1995. Many American-born children of immigrants and their parents will resonate with the experience of an international family trip back to the homeland as a way to keep cultural ties alive. Both films center around this physical and emotional journey.
It’s touching to see how the film’s grandparents Leo and Mercedes evolve in their relationship with home after their move to the U.S. Their grandchildren ask themselves, “Am I Mexican, or am I American?” Director Trisha Ziff captures it all with a photographic bent, and she will be in attendance. All kiddos attending this screening will receive a free soccer ball, courtesy of RAVE Foundation and Seattle Sounders FC. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for seniors & students.
A handful of queer films are also showing in the line-up: Blind Angels, It Runs in the Family, and Amar Sin Miedo. See On the Divide to discover the story of the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border.
The festival runs from October 7 to 15, with screenings at a handful of venues around the city: Beacon Cinema and Ark Lodge Cinema, among others. Tickets and showtimes vary. Festival Passes are $120.
📸: Seattle Latino Film Festival
Meghna leads with her curiosity when writing about travel, food, and beverages. She previously wrote about cookbooks at Kitchen Arts & Letters, and has managed events & communications at Book Larder, Peddler Brewing Company, and Cascade Bicycle Club. She is newly pescatarian and a Seattle native. Follow along at @wanderingthali.