On Wednesday, October 12, Instituto Cervantes will host the opening night of the sixth-annual Hispanic New York Film & Video Fest. This year’s festival, curated by filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner and writer Claudio Iván Remeseira, both of Columbia University, will include five film screenings and Q&A sessions on October 12, 13 and 19. Events will take place at Instituto Cervantes and Columbia University.
The opening-night film, Subterráneos (“Subways”), tells the story of five musical groups from South and Central Mexico who eke out their living by playing music on New York City subways. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and a live musical performance by the group Fuerza Norteña. Other events to look forward to include a screening of Los Que Se Quedan (“Those Who Remain”), about the relatives left behind by those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, and Recordando el Mamoncillo (“Remembering the Mamoncillo”), about lovers of Cuban music who have assembled at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens, New York every July for 30 years to celebrate a uniquely Cuban tradition.
The Hispanic New York Film & Video Fest is organized by Instituto Cervantes, Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), and the Hispanic New York Project. For a full program listing and additional information, visit the blog of the Hispanic New York Project.