The Arts

A fascinating journey into the creative process and the transformative power of artistic expression in the region. Through documentaries, biopics, and fiction films, viewers can gain insights into the lives and works of a diverse range of Ibero-American artists, including painters such as Goya and Murillo, multimedia artists such as Jaar and Guillermo Gómez-Peña, playwrights like Angelica Liddell, writers like García Marquez and Zurita, filmmakers like Carlos Saura, and performers like Monalisa. The films offer intimate portraits that showcase the unique qualities that make each artist's work exceptional.

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The Arts collection includes the following titles:

100 Ways to Cross the Border

Documentary United States, Mexico
An exploration of the 40-year career of performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña as he enacts interventions by “queering the border” — claiming all borders as queer and liminal spaces.

7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society)

7 Raons per Fugir (de la Societat)
Comedy, Fiction Spain
Seven darkly humorous stories whose protagonists are downright detestable. Seven characteristics that make us unbearable. Seven reasons it’s best to avoid people altogether. Seven surrealist visions of a dysfunctional society.

7 Weeks

7 semanas
Drama, Fiction Chile
Based on true events, 7 Weeks touches upon the politics of pro-choice and the rights to one’s body that still generate heated discussions. A necessary film to open the conversation on the topic in an intelligent manner.

9 Sevilles

Nueve Sevillas
Documentary, Experimental Spain
An unorthodox walk through new flamenco by way of nine portraits of figure,s from dance, singing, poetry and activism.

A Moonless Night

Una noche sin luna
Comedy, Drama, Fiction Argentina, Uruguay
Up-and-coming Uruguayan director Germán Tejeira creates a moving, poignant, and witty character study in his first feature film.

Angel Face

Carita de Cielo
Fiction, Comedy, Romance, Musical Mexico
A singular comedy of errors, this Mexican classic follows Lupe as she pretends to be a thief to infiltrate a criminal cell that is threatening her father.

Angélica [a tragedy]

Angélica [una tragedia]
Documentary Spain
Recipient of important awards in Spain and abroad, Angélica Liddell's dramaturgy is considered one of the most avant-garde in contemporary European theater. As Liddell starts working in her new play, director Manuel Fernández-Valdés decides to capture her rehearsal process on camera.

Art Poetry, Part 1

Animation, Romance Spain
Have you ever wondered what would it be like to mash-up Shakespeare’s poems with sound, music, pictures, and illustration? Art Poetry bringing people closer to poetry by representing a selection of the most significant poems in the history of literature in two-minute animation pieces.

Art Poetry, Part 2

Animation, Romance Spain
Have you ever wondered what would it be like to mash-up Shakespeare’s poems with sound, music, pictures, and illustration? Art Poetry bringing people closer to poetry by representing a selection of the most significant poems in the history of literature in two-minute animation pieces.

Art21: Borderlands

Documentary United States
Five acclaimed artists create ambitious public artworks, photographs, sculptures and performances during one of the most divisive moments in the history of the U.S. and Mexico border.

Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona

Bajarí: gypsy Barcelona
Documentary, Musical Spain
Bajarí offers an intimate look at how flamenco’s legacy is kept alive within Barcelona’s tight-knit Gypsy community. Flamenco is passed on within the family in the Gypsy community that bore Carmen Amaya, the greatest flamenco dancer of all time.

Before Opening Night

Antes del estreno
Drama, Fiction, Romance Argentina
Writer-director Santiago Giralt gives us elements of Woody Allen’s nervous comedy and Cassavetes’ melodramatic roller coaster in a storm of egos that takes place on one decisive weekend in the lives of Juana, a popular actress about to star in an important theater production, and her husband Roman, a director suffering from writer’s block.

Bertsolari

Documentary, Musical Spain
Bertsolaritza is an ancestral, completely improvised, form of Basque poetry. Anachronistic? Not at all: the bertsolari, with their spontaneous creation and wordplay, could be an inspiration for rappers and other improv artists.

Bixa Travesty

Bixa travesty
Documentary Brazil
Linn da Quebrada, a Brazilian transgender singer and artist, presents a powerful and courageous feminist film-discourse on the body and its representation.

Blast Beat

Comedy, Musical, Fiction United States
A Colombian metalhead and new American suburbanite makes a leap into adulthood to save his family. An Uber Metalized American Latino Adventure That'll Kick Your Ass Back to the Y2K.

Boy from the Blaze

El niño de fuego
Documentary Spain
After an accident left him severely burned, Aleixo is unable to live a normal life. Music and family giveshim hope. Will performing bring him back?

Carlos Saura Photographer

Documentary Germany
Legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura unveils his hidden passion: Photography.

Carretera Cartonera: Discover the World of Cartonera Publishers

Carretera cartonera
Documentary Italy
Carretera Cartonera travel across Latin America to understand Cartonera book production. What they find is a diverse and vast array of citizens and cooperatives committed to using literary production as a means of fighting for social justice, economic equality, and a more sustainable world.

Castanha

Drama, Fiction Brazil
Joao divides his time working as a crossdresser in gay bars and acting in small plays and onscreen. Tormented by his past, he starts to merge reality with the fiction he interprets.

Chillida: The Depth of Air

Chillida: Lo profundo es el aire
Documentary Spain
A poetic and fast-paced reminiscence of one of the most prominent sculptors of the 20th century.

City of God - Ten Years Later

Cidade de deus -10 anos depois
Documentary Brazil
An investigation into the fate of the young actors who participated in the award winning film City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, featuring actress Alice Braga (Queen of the South) and musician and actor Seu Jorge, among others.

Cordelias

Drama, Comedy Spain
Ten imprisoned women organize a theater play that might serve both as therapy to their own frustrations and as a way of reintegrating in society.

Cows Wearing Glasses

Las vacas con gafas
Drama, Fiction Puerto Rico
Directed by one of the most talented emerging filmmakers coming out of the new wave of Puerto Rican cinema, Cows Wearing Glasses uses a subtle sense of humor to touch upon issues of aging.

Craft

Riscado
Drama, Fiction Brazil
Bianca manages a precarious living as a talented but underemployed actress troubled by the belief that she has missed her big break. But an audition leads to a rare opportunity.

Cravos

Documentary Brazil
Photographer Christian Cravo travels through Africa, exploring his efforts to overcome traumas while navigating familial disagreements and memories.

Dear Werner (Walking on Cinema)

Documentary Spain
In 2020, a young filmmaker follows in Herzog ́s footsteps in an act of reverence to one of the greatest filmmakers of our time.

Defect

La tara
Documentary, Experimental Argentina, Spain
A light lens into deep history led by the discovery of the soundtrack to Argentina's sole surrealist film, the 1936 “Tararira: Today's Bohemia.”

Diaspora Drums

Tambores da diáspora
Documentary, Musical Brazil
Using stories, batucadas, and songs, Diaspora Drums addresses a political and cultural vision embedded in the course of two African drums and their ramifications in Brazil.

Dreams of Chonta

Documentary, Musical Colombia, United States
Diego, an Afro-Colombian musician, leaves his family behind on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, and endures a solitary life as an undocumented immigrant and a minimum wage job at a cemetery all to become an ambassador of his music and culture in NY.

Duo

Dúo
Drama, Experimental Spain, Spain, Argentina, France, Chile
Set against the backdrop of the Argentine and Chilean Andes, Duo follows two seasoned dancers at personal and professional crossroads.

Día de Los Muertos

Documentary, Musical United States
Latino rock greats Los Lobos, the salsa-rap-reggae-funk Ozomatli, and the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache lead this musical celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

El Eternauta´s Wife

La mujer de El Eternauta
Documentary Argentina, Spain
Elsa Sánchez's life is evidence of the cruelty of Argentina’s repressive dictatorship, which took the lives of her husband and family.

Elsa and Her Dancers

Elsa y su ballet
Documentary Argentina
At 87, Elsa Agras directs ballet, doing almost everything (choreography, costumes, and lighting) in rehearsals that go on for months searching for perfection, and for passion.

Erasing The Border

Documentary Mexico, United States
Mexican American artist Ana Teresa Fernández imagines a creative way to make the US-Mexico border wall disappear.

Europe in 8 Bits

Animation, Documentary, Musical Spain
Europe In 8 Bits explores the world of chip music, revealing how to reuse old videogame’s hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga, and the Commodore 64 and turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo, and an innovative musical style.

Following Nazarin

Tras Nazarín
Documentary Spain
A journey through memory accompanied by Buñuel’s photographs taken during the scouting of locations for “Nazarín."

Gabo & Cinema

Gabo y el cine
Documentary Mexico
A commendable and well documented contribution to the general study of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’s cultural production. In the voice of his friends and accomplices, the documentary takes us beyond his literary figure and immerses us in his cinematic one.

Goya: The Secret of the Shadows

Goya, el secreto de la sombra
Documentary Spain
Ramón, a fine art photographer, purchases an anonymous 19th-century portrait in Barcelona. He and the singular experts advising him believe that it is none other than a “Goya in the shadows.”

Great Performances - Albéniz: Portraits of Spain

Documentary, Musical, Series United States
Scott Yoo travels with guitarist Manuel Barrueco and pianist Juan Perez Floristan through the great Spanish cities of Andalusia, to see how Albeniz captured the culture through his music.

Great Performances - Piazzolla’s History with Tango

Documentary, Musical, Series United States
Scott Yoo and his wife Alice Dade, a leading flutist, travel to Buenos Aires to discover the music of Astor Piazzolla

Grey City

Cidade cinza
Documentary Brazil
A new form of graffiti was in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The works of artists such as Os Gêmeos, Nunca, and Nina spread from city streets to art galleries and museums around the world. When City Hall implemented a law to “combat visual pollution”, a graffiti war against the local government is unleashed.

Heritage

Herencia
Documentary Spain
A showcase of modern Cuban culture and the centuries of history that precede it.

Horizons

Horizontes
Documentary Cuba, Switzerland
Alicia Alonso’s splendor still radiates throughout the world of ballet today. A star so brilliant, she has captivated audiences worldwide. Even now at the age of ninety, she continues to encourage the dreams of young dancers who seek to follow in her footsteps.

Inner Borderlines

Visions of America Through the Eyes of Alejandro Morales
Documentary Spain
In a trip around Southern California, Alejandro Morales, a pioneer of Chicano culture, presents a unique vision of America, as he explores a variety of topics that concern the Chicano/Latino community.

Jaar. Lament of the Images

JAAR el lamento de las imágenes
Documentary Chile
Alfredo Jaar is one of the most uncompromising and innovative artists working today. To him, art is “the last place” of freedom, and he displays his work as an act of resistance.

Joaquín Sorolla: Journeys of the Light

Joaquín Sorolla: viajes de la luz
Documentary Spain
In 1900, Spanish naturalist painter Joaquín Sorolla was awarded the Grand Prix at The Paris Universal Exhibition. When American billionaire Archer Milton Huntington meets him, he will make the greatest commission of his life: The decoration of the Hispanic Society of America in New York, “Vision of Spain.”

Juan of the Witches

Juan de las Brujas
Documentary Mexico, United States
An homage to 82-year-old Juan Medellín, a founding member of Mexico City's prestigious Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández. 

Karen

Drama Spain
An intimate late-African portrait of Danish colonist Karen Blixen, author of "Out of Africa".

Leading Actor

El actor principal
Drama, Fiction Mexico, Argentina
Luis, an amateur actor, forgoes his movie premiere at a renowned festival to be with Azra, a chambermaid from Albania with an enigmatic scar.

Looking for El Santo

Documentary Mexico, Cuba
This intimate short documentary reveals the surreal story of Santo's debut in cinema, during the Cuban Revolution.

Los Hongos

Fiction, Drama Colombia
During the day, street artists RAS and Calvin band together with other graffiti artists to paint a tribute to student demonstrators.

Marimbas From Hell

Las marimbas del infierno
Comedy, Fiction, Musical France, Mexico, Guatemala
Boldly exploring the boundaries of fiction and documentary, up-and-coming Guatemalan filmmaker Julio Hernández Cordón’s (Gasolina) original and entertaining second feature follows three unlikely characters from Guatemala City as they attempt to fuse improbable musical styles.

Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between

Documentary Brazil
Marina Abramović travels through Brazil in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process.

Mateo

Fiction, Drama Colombia, France
Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group to reveal its members’ political activities. Enthralled with the troupe's lifestyle, he's under pressure to incriminate the actors.

Miguelito: A Song to Puerto Rico

Miguelito: canto a Borinquen
Documentary, Musical Colombia, Australia, Puerto Rico
Reminiscent of Searching for Sugar Man, the filmmaker follows the steps of Puerto Rico's child music sensation Miguelito. Featuring incredible archival footage of NYC in the 70s’ and salsa performances from Papo Lucca’s La Sonora Poncena, Malo Malo and many others, this is a film that celebrates the musical and cultural depth of the Caribbean.

Murals

Murales
Documentary Spain
In 2009, the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona organized an exhibition that brought together a group of contemporary mural artists from very different cultural and stylistic backgrounds. The documentary follows the artists as they work and discuss the use of an empty wall as a canvas and expressive medium.

Murillo's Last Journey

Murillo, el último viaje
Documentary Spain
The Sevillian Baroque master painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo underwent a calculated spoliation that scattered most of his work around the world’s top museums. Murillo's Last Journey follows the enthralling journey of one of his most celebrated pieces, “The Young Beggar,” from Paris to Seville in the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth.

Narciso Yepes. A Heart of Ten Strings

Narciso Yepes, Un corazón de diez cuerdas
Documentary Spain
Recovering the memory of the genius Narciso Yepes, not only as a great guitar player but as an extraordinary man.

Ninosca

Documentary Sweden
The story of a woman who left her abusive husband and set off into the world with the dream of a simple life, seeking a way to support her family.

Niède

Documentary Brazil
At 85 years old, Brazilian archaeologist Niéde Guidon looks back on a career including discovering cave drawings and devising a new theory on man's arrival on the American continent.

Off the Road

Fuera del camino
Documentary, Musical Mexico, United States
Each year, the slow-paced lifestyle on Mexico’s largest desert in Baja Peninsula is given a turbo boost by the Baja 1000, the largest off-road motorsport race in the world.

Over the Waves: A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.

Sobre las olas
Documentary, Musical United States
For over a hundred years, the art of flamenco has been crossing the ocean into distant places. Many have fallen in love with the deep song, the cry, the rhythm. Over the Waves explores the tradition of flamenco art in the US: its origins, protagonists, and its identity as a nomadic and hybrid art form.

Perdida

Documentary Mexico
After being told that her family had made some of the worst films in the history of Mexican cinema, Viviana García Besné unearths 100 years of cinematic legacy.

Poets of the Sky

Poetas del cielo
Documentary Mexico, Brazil, France
In the sky, for just a few seconds, sounds and shapes of one of the strongest artforms: fireworks. After, it all vanishes but remains in our mind.

Porro Made in Colombia

Porro hecho en Colombia
Documentary Colombia
The singer and composer Adriana Lucía undertakes a multi-year musical journey to discover the origins of one of the most characteristic and lively rhythms of the Caribbean.

Red Gringo: American Pop Culture and Cold War in Latin America.

Gringo rojo
Documentary, Musical Chile
Reminiscent of Searching for Sugarman, the film follows Dean Reed, a North American singer who became a pop idol during the ʼ50s and ʼ60s in Chile and the Americas.

Rompiente

Drama, Fiction Argentina
It’s the first day shooting a low-budget film. The director tries to shoot a sex scene, secretly keeping the camera running between takes, to capture brief moments of intimacy.

Roots of Latin Jazz

Documentary United States
Celebrate Latin music with the Raices Jazz Orchestra, with originals and arrangements such as Herbie Hancock's “Eye of the Hurricane” and performances by artists including Richard Bona and Anaadi.

Rota n' Roll

Documentary Spain
In the 50s, a group of American marines brought dollars, Marlboros, Cadillacs, night clubs, and rock n´roll into post civil war Spain, an impoverished fascist dictatorship.

Russian Red

Vermelho russo
Drama, Fiction, Comedy, Adventure Brazil
Marta and Manu are two Brazilian actresses that decide to move to Moscow to study the Stanislavski method. There, wrapped inside a love triangle, they overcome their differences.

Sacromonte. The Wise of the Tribe

Sacromonte. Los sabios de la tribu
Documentary, Musical Spain
Sacromonte aims to recover the memory of the most important flamenco community in the world. Through the survivors of a lost and golden age, elder flamenco men and women, we dive in their past in search of their roots and memories.

Saturday Night

Documentary Canada
A poetic and bittersweet snapshot of aging in a foreign urban setting, viewed through the eyes of three Latin American immigrants and their connection to dance.

Searching for Oscar

En busca del Óscar
Documentary
A film critic and President of the Spanish Association of Film Critics, Óscar Peyrou has a peculiar method for reviews: instead of seeing films, he critiques them by their posters.

Skin

Documentary, Experimental Brazil
The vibrant tapestry of Belo Horizonte, Brazil reveals walls adorned with captivating art: stunning murals, raw graffiti, and heartfelt expressions that leave an indelible mark.

Song for Cuba

Documentary, Experimental Canada
A young Cuban couple chart a new course for themselves on an island in the North Atlantic.

Stealing Rodin

Robar a Rodin
Documentary Chile, France
Traces the story of Luis Onfray as he explains the personal and artistic reasons for pulling off Chile’s greatest art theft.

Stigmata

Estigmas
Drama, Fiction, Experimental Spain
Told by a hulking, gentle giant of a man, Stigmata follows Bruno as he wakes up one morning bleeding from mysterious wounds on his hands. A hauntingly beautiful and lyrical tale based on the Italian cult graphic novel by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti.

Stories Our Cinema Did (Not) Tell

Histórias que nosso cinema (nāo) contava
Documentary Brazil
A review of the military dictatorship in Brazil told only through images and sounds from pornochanchada films, a genre of erotic film that was the most popular during that period.

Sublime

Drama, Fiction, Romance, Musical Argentina
A thoughtful and tender handling of a teen’s emerging sexuality. When a teenager falls for his best friend, turbulent emotions brew beneath the surface.

Swing and Sway

Vai e vem
Documentary, Experimental United States, Brazil
Against the backdrop of a tumultuous 2020 marked by pandemics, elections, and social upheavals, the two friends embark on a thought-provoking exploration of feminist cinematic expression and the female experience.

Tania Libre

Tania libre
Documentary Cuba, United States, Germany
In a fascinating and novel approach, Lynn Hershman Leeson allows us to eavesdrop on one of the world’s most celebrated—and daring—Cuban artists, Tania Bruguera’s session with Dr. Frank Ochberg, a New York-based psychiatrist and pioneer in post-traumatic stress disorder and the Stockholm syndrome.

Tehran Blues

Un blues para Teherán
Documentary, Musical Spain
The city’s musicians and poets take us on a musical tour of Iran’s capital in a charming film about a music culture rarely heard of in the West.

Terremoto, the Documentary

Terremoto, el documental
Documentary Spain
The incredible life of Terremoto de Jerez. His style is the sublimation of cante jondo and his biography is the history of flamenco itself.

The Dreams of Others

Los sueños de otros
Documentary Spain
A reflection on the essential and universal questions of architecture through the most relevant Spanish works of the last 60 years.

The Intronauta

El intronauta
Animation Colombia
In a media-soaked world, EL finds solace in drawing. His city-born plant is erased by societal norms, prompting his transformation into El Intronauta.

The Invisible Hand

La mano invisible
Drama, Fiction Spain
With impeccable performances and a surprising ending, The Invisible Hand is an astonishing parable of work in contemporary society.

The Journey of Monalisa

Documentary Chile, United States
Chilean-born performer and writer Iván Monalisa fully embraces his / her dual selves: scrappy, masculine Iván as well as diva, transvestite sex-worker Monalisa.

The Key to Dalí

La llave Dalí
Documentary
Spanish scientist Tomeo L'Amo strongly believes he bought an original Dalí. After 25 years of research and interviews with experts he meets the one in Paris that changes his life.

The Nobodies

Los nadie
Fiction, Drama Colombia
Love, hate, broken promises, and five street-siblings who meet in the middle of a hostile city.

The Queen of the Lizards

La reina de los lagartos
Science Fiction, Romance, Comedy Spain
The most groundbreaking love story of recent Spanish cinema stars a single mother and an alien.

The Spirit of the Ancestors

Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El espíritu de los ancestros
Documentary Chile
Three generations of the Pakarati family travel to Europe to reclaim the Stolen Friend - one of Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) sacred spirits - which was stolen by colonizers and is one of the countless sacred objects housed in museums worldwide.

This is Cristina

Ella es Cristina
Comedy, Drama, Fiction Chile
A Chilean generational comedy produced by Salma Hayek and directed by the multitalented Gonzalo Maza, screenwriter of A Fantastic Woman and Gloria.

Trance

Documentary France, Spain
A journey to the heart of the flamenco music of Jorge Pardo, an essential artist to understand the evolution of contemporary flamenco.

Triana, Pure and Pure

Triana, pura y pura
Documentary, Musical Spain
This joyful film memorializes the end of an indomitable lineage in a unique flamenco soiree, transformed into a tribute to a disappeared world.

Tungsten

Tungstênio
Fiction, Drama, Thriller Brazil
Based on the award-winning graphic novel Tungsten, the film follows an investigator as he unravels a web of mystery while pursuing a serial killer through a bleak cityscape.

Uncertain Journey

Camino incierto
Documentary
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira, Luis Miñarro, and Pablo García Pérez de Lara share images, sounds, and words as they walk the line where life meets film.

Unicorn

Unicórnio
Drama, Fiction, Romance Brazil
Based on short stories by Hilda Hilst, Unicorn mixes fantasy and fairytale to tell the story of a 13-year-old girl living with her mother in an isolated cottage in the countryside.

Vicente Ruiz: In Real Time

Vicente Ruiz: A tiempo real
Documentary Chile
An exploration of the social role of art through one of the leading figures of the Chilean counterculture of the 1980s: Vicente Ruiz.

We All Like Plantain

A todos nos gusta el plátano
Documentary, Experimental Spain
Seven black people living in Spain try to craft a film that delves into self-representation. A powerful exploration of identity and community.

We Are Mari Pepa

Somos Mari Pepa
Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Musical, Classic Mexico
Alex has big plans for his summer in Guadalajara. He'll get a girlfriend and a new job, learn a new song with his band, Mari Pepa, and win the ”battle of the bands” concert.

We Still Have the Deep Black Night

Ainda tenemos a imensidao da noite
Drama Brazil
Karen, a trumpeter and singer, decides to go to Germany to consolidate her career.

When a Tree Falls (Amama)

Amama
Drama, Fiction Spain
This powerfully visualized drama of generational conflict signals the emergence of a vital Basque regional cinema in Spain.

Woody and Woody

Fiction, Animation, Comedy Spain
A young Woody Allen meets an old Woody Allen having a drink in a bar. A great dialogue begins.

Yeses

Documentary Spain
A prison officer is inspired to bring the transformative power of theater behind bars.

Zurita, You Will See Not to See

Zurita, verás no ver
Documentary Chile
National Literature Award Laureate Raúl Zurita is not only one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial living poets; he is also a rocker, a human rights activist, a public figure, and a tireless struggler. This documentary is an account of his travels and daily life, as he reflects on topics such as state terrorism and death.