Screening Dates & Times:
Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm (following a keynote speech from IG Artist in Residence, Favianna Rodriguez)
Thursday, April 20th at 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 3:00 pm at Richland Library
Rhythmic and riveting, El Sur is the South as you’ve never seen it before. These exquisitely rendered visions of the contemporary Latinx experience offer audiences a much-needed antidote to the poisonous politics of the moment, as well as a stark and unforgiving commentary on a national prejudice left unchecked. With boundless compassion, the filmmakers of El Sur document the struggles, sacrifices, and joys unique to the Latinx community, elevating stories of men, women, and gender nonconforming individuals who transform the South for the better by choosing to call it home.
La Comida de los Cocineros, a nourishing documentary portrait of brotherhood born through shared circumstance, pulses with the staccato rhythm of a knife on a cutting board. A group of Mexican line cooks live and work alongside one another in a small North Carolina town in the latest film from Indie Grits alumna Victoria Bouloubasis, produced in collaboration with newcomer Andrea Patiño Contreras. Danielle Calle’s subdued observational documentary A Day’s Work offers a stark contrast in tone, detailing the everyday experiences of a Colombian couple grappling with the vile racist rhetoric surrounding our recent national election. Hewing even closer to the real-world consequences of political scapegoating, For Senator Graham—the inaugural project from Indie Grits Labs—presents a series of earnest interviews with DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival) recipients living in South Carolina.
Rodrigo Dorfman’s kaleidoscopic experimental short In My South makes room for joy with a tender collage of everyday moments from Latinx lives, while La Danza—Rafael Cordova and Tharun Karakattu’s empowering documentary short—resuscitates an indigenous style of Mexican dance obscured by the forces of colonialism and assimilation. Carlo Nasisse’s bracingly funny portrait of a rough-and-tumble South Texas Cow Punk mired in the legal consequences of substance abuse offers an intimate view of the Latinx punk scene in this final documentary short.
In My South, directed by Rodrigo Dorfman
A Day’s Work, directed by Danielle Calle
La Comida de los Cocineros, directed by Victoria Bouloubasis
La Danza, directed by Rafael Cordova & Tharun Karakattu
South Texas Cow Punk, directed by Carlo Nasisse
For Senator Graham, directed by Seth Gadsden & Amada Torruella