Through Sunday, January 24
Latin American films co-presented by Cinema Tropical

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THIS IS WHAT IT IT / Esto es lo que hay
Léa Rinaldi, Cuba/France, 2015, 100 min. U.S. premiere
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This vibrant film about Cuba’s leading hip-hop band, Los Aldeanos, captures the country’s complexity and contradictions. This is a rare music documentary that goes beyond its enthralling performances to take a close, candid look at the realities of daily life. Rinaldi’s vision, like the music she captures, is at once political and poetic. This Is What It Is is also part of the series Made You Look: Documenting the Art, History, Power, and Politics of Hip-Hop Culture.
Thursday, January 15, 7:00pm – Q&A with Léa Rinaldi


THE PROJECT OF THE CENTURY / La obra del siglo
Carlos M. Quintela, Cuba, 2015, 100 min. New York Premiere
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The provincial Cuban town of Juragua, the planned home of a Soviet-backed nuclear plant, is now a ghost town with near-empty high-rise buildings. With starkly beautiful black-and-white compositions, a darkly comic family drama unfolds, intercut with archival TV footage celebrating the promise of the Communist era.
Saturday, January 16, 7:30pm – Q&A with Carlos M. Quintela, Jean-Jacques Martinod, and Kyle Andrew Bell


TOPONYMY / Toponymy
Jonathan Perel, Argentina, 2015, 82 min. U.S. Premiere
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In 1974, shortly after Juan Peron’s return to power, the misleadingly named “Operation Independence” went into effect, resulting in the creation of rigidly designed villages in northern Argentina arranged to thwart guerilla resistance. In his masterful structuralist study, made with no narration or dialogue, Jonathan Perel reveals the sinister politics behind the plan. “An elaborate memory puzzle whose dry, enigmatic humor would surely have tickled Perel’s illustrious countryman Jose Luis Borges.” (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter).
Sunday, January 17, 7pm – Q&A with Jonathan Perel