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Cine Sin Fronteras Program to Highlight Timely Stories of Immigration, Identity, and African Roots at Annual Milwaukee Film Festival

MILWAUKEE - Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2019 – Milwaukee Film aims to inspire and ignite conversation around Latinx stories through its Cine Sin Fronteras program at the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank. This year’s slate of films brings humanity to highly politicized issues like the rise and exposure of immigrant detention centers, showcases the power of art and culture in healing, explores Afro-Latinx identity, and addresses the intertwined issues of family, identity and belonging.  


The program will include nine feature films and three short pre-feature films, hailing from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Argentina.


“In our fourth year, we continue to select narratives that complicate the notion of Latinx identity, and to highlight the kinds of stories that often go untold – the everyday struggles and resilience of folks like working mothers, undocumented workers, and homeless youth,” said Claudia Guzmán, Cine Sin Fronteras co-programmer for Milwaukee Film. 


Launched by Milwaukee Film in 2016, Cine Sin Fronteras aims to showcase the untold stories of the rich and vibrant Latinx diaspora around the world, including Latinx, Chicanx, Latin American, Indigenous, and Afro-Latinx communities. 


“Every film showcased this year as part of our program is deeply personal and timely.  With what we are seeing in our barrios and the lands we call home, we hope that the films we bring to this year’s Festival can activate more than conversations, but moments of sustainable action,” stated Jeanette Martin, Cine Sin Fronteras co-programmer for Milwaukee Film. 


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The annual Cine Sin Fronteras Kickoff Party will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Latino Arts, Inc., 1028 S. 9th St. This free and family-friendly event will include live music by DJ Kenny Perez, film trailers, refreshments, giveaways and special guests. 


On Saturday, Oct. 26, DJ Jigüe, internationally renowned hip-hop producer and the subject of “Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba,” will take part in a post-film Q&A session, as well as a special music event later that evening at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E Pittsburgh Ave. AfroBeatz: ¡Baila Con Buya! will feature a diverse array of Latinx, Caribbean and African sounds, including a performance by Chicago-based ensemble Bomba con Buya. The event will start at 9 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. 


The following day, Cine Sin Fronteras will host “AfroLatinidad: Afro-Latinx Identity on Film and Beyond,” a panel discussion curated by artists, storytellers and organizers that highlights and celebrates the Afro-Latinx experience. 


Cine Sin Fronteras is presented by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and is sponsored by Telemundo Wisconsin and 97.9FM Radio Caliente. Translation services provided by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Interpretation services supported by the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation. 


The Milwaukee Film Festival takes place Oct. 17-31, 2019 with the complete film schedule to be released on Sept. 26. Discounted ticket packages and passes are on sale now at



About Milwaukee Film  

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 11th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will take place Oct. 17-31, 2019. For more information or to become a member, visit


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About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors 

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past Board Chair); John P. Bania; Donna Baumgartner; Elizabeth Brenner; Héctor Colón; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser (Immediate Past Board Chair); Carmen Haberman; Susan Haise; Katie Heil; Patti Keating Kahn (Board Chair); Tracey L. Klein (Past Board Chair); Michael G. Klein; Michael J. Koss Jr.; Alexander Lasry; Steve Laughlin (Past Board Chair); Emilia Layden; Michael R. Lovell; Joan Lubar; Marianne Lubar; Steve Mech; Mark Mone; Susan Mikulay; Kenneth W. Muth; Bob Pothier; John Ridley; Joseph A. Rock; Ramona Rogers-Windsor; Lacey Sadoff; Dave Stamm; Julia Taylor; John Utz; Kimberly Walker; Emeritus members: Tom Barrett; Jacqueline Strayer  


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