VIRTUAL FILMS

All features and shorts available starting September 15 at noon CDT, unless otherwise noted.

PRICES:
$9 .... Virtual Screening, General Public
$5 .... Virtual Screening, Milwaukee Film Member

At The Ready

A group of seniors train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents at El Paso’s Horizon High School, near the U.S./Mexico border. We're granted intimate access to their lives as they participate in mock-ups of drug raids and active-shooter takedowns, inching closer to a career that put them at odds with the values and people they hold dearest. A rare portrait of Latinx adolescents grappling with identity, immigration, and politics, AT THE READY is a gripping and complex look at the price of pursuing one's dreams.

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Couple sitting together and talking in doctor's office, with medical poster on wall behind them.
Black Mexicans

The first Mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica in Oaxaca, BLACK MEXICANS/LA NEGRADA is more than just the first of its kind. Sumptuously shot and sensitively performed by its cast of non-professionals, this story of two women and the man they've fallen for will linger in your mind long after the credits roll.

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Days of Light

An anthology film unlike any you've seen before (highlighting a region whose filmmaking output is often neglected), DAYS OF LIGHT tackles the fraught five days as a solar storm hits Central America. People In each country has to face life in its more basic terms, disconnected from the technology they normally depend on. Fear, friendship and love emerge as they come together with others, while the skies are lit by tropical lights never seen before.

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Home From School: The Children of Carlisle

American Indian boarding Schools or Indian Residential Schools are one of the ugliest and shameful legacies of Manifest Destiny. With a goal of “civilizing” Native American children the schools tore apart families, destroyed cultures, and left behind a devastating legacy of sexual, mental and physical abuse. In 2017 a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members travel from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve the remains of three children who died at one such school in the 1880s.

 
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The Journey of Monalisa

When filmmaker Nicole Costa reconnects with an old friend from college, she discovers that he has taken a new identity, Iván Ojeda now goes by Monalisa. Monalisa is a self-described “gender-neutral two-spirit” and works as a prostitute on the streets of New York City. Costa follows Monalisa navigating a tough and vulnerable life that’s filled with fleeting sexual encounters and addiction to hard drugs, finding moments of solace in writing about their NYC experiences.

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Love and Fury

Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo spent a year following 20 Native American artists (musicians, poets, sculptors, performance artists, painters, comedians) to fashion a bold and honest look at the complexities of Native identity and art. LOVE AND FURY reminds us of the diverse, and sometimes brooding art of Native peoples, opening a window into a rich and varied world of creative expression.

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 8-14 ONLY

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Luchadoras

Ciudad Juárez is home to some of the highest rates of femicide in the world. Against this backdrop we meet three courageous women, luchadoras (female wrestlers) who fight both in and out of the ring. They fight against the drug violence and misogyny to redefine what it means to be a woman in Mexico. Filmmakers Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim give us a portrait that is raw, defiant and unflinching, just like the women who make up its heart.

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Closeup of female protestor speaking into voice amplifier in black and white.
Miguelito

It's an unbelievable story - 11-year-old Miguelito is discovered by a producer in a San Juan airport, whisked away from the slums to record an album with the most respected salsa musicans of his time, and plays in front of 20,000 adoring fans at Madison Square Garden. Then, he disappeared, his vanishing becoming the stuff of myth and legend. Featuring performances from Papo Lucca’s La Sonora Poncena, Nelson Feliciano, Maximo Torres, Malo Malo, and many others, Miguelito is a film that celebrates the musical and cultural depth of the Caribbean as well as revealing a story of a once-forgotten ‘Salsero’ whose album became a cult classic in a country far from his own.

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Film's subject standing on the street, holding a frozen treat in the shape of a penis.
Negra

"I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, until I realized it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great… Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women" NEGRA is the story of the director’s search for what it means to be a black woman in Mexico. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity.

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Title treatment in red font overlaid over a black and white of Japanese Americans.
Oaxacalifornia: The Return

25 years ago, filmmaker Trisha Ziff followed the Meijas (a family of Mexicans living in America) as they traveled to Mexico with their American children. Now, Ziff follows them on that journey yet again, meeting a new generation of Meijas. How much has changed? What has stayed the same? OAXACALIFORNIA: THE RETURN explores how fast identity and cultural alliances can shift in a single generation.

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