Fans of multicultural cinema will find a bona fide bonanza (and there's a multicultural term if ever we heard one) at the two-weekend-long Sonoma County portion of the Latino Film Festival. The fifth year of this annual Bay Area outpouring of Latino cinema offers a slew of films at Sonoma State University. On Friday, Nov. 2, "Mexico Unmasked" presents two documentaries focusing on history and politics: Pancho Villa and Other Stories and Tarahumara. On Saturday, Nov. 3, catch Vieques, a documentary about popular efforts to end the U.S. military's practice bombing on the tiny Puerto Rican island. Both events begin at 7 p.m. at SSU's Darwin Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Admission is $5.
Oscar Guajardo's The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema opens the second weekend of the festival, paired with the comedic short film A Day without Mexicans. This event, which takes place on Friday, Nov. 9, includes an appearance by Guajardo, a pre-show reception, and a display of altars celebrating Día de los Muertos. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $12. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 10, catch an afternoon screening of the magical Puerto Rican fantasy Flight of Fancy at 4:30 p.m. (admission is $5). On the same day, catch a 7:30 p.m. screening of The Last Zapatistas ($5). All second-weekend events will be held at SSU's Evert B. Person Theater. For information or tickets, call 866/468-3399.
From the November 1-7, 2001 issue of the Northern California Bohemian.