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8th Annual The Americas Film Festival New York Virtual Cinema Opens Monday, June 21

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8th Annual The Americas Film Festival New York Virtual Cinema Opens Monday, June 21 with box-office hit THE WEASELS’ TALE by Oscar-award-winning director Juan José Campanella

The Festival closes with award-winning dramatic feature MONKEY BEACH by Loretta S. Todd on Sunday, June 27

Special guests include filmmakers Loretta S. Todd, Grace Dove, Deirdre Fishel, Campbell Dalglish, Henrietta Mann, Marta Hincapié Uribe, Catherine Murphy

All screenings are free of charge and available online to audiences in NY, NJ and CT

The Americas Film Festival New York opens its Virtual Cinema again for its eighth edition (www.TAFFNY.com), offering audiences in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the rich diversity of the stories, languages, and cultures of the Americas from the comfort of their home. The 8th TAFFNY runs online from June 21-27, 2021, to present six feature films and more than 25 short films of exceptional quality online and free of charge.

TAFFNY Virtual Cinema, in partnership with Instituto Cervantes New York, opens on Monday, June 21 at 5:30pm, with the newest crowd-pleaser from Oscar-award-winning director Juan José Campanella (The Secret in their Eyes) The Weasels’ Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas)The Weasels’ Tale is a biting comedy about a group of eccentric film veterans from Argentina’s Golden Age of cinema— a beautiful starlet, an actor in the twilight of his life, a witty screenwriter, and a cunning director— who live together in a mansion. Their unusual life is turned upside down when the house becomes the target of young real estate developers, forcing the elderly inhabitants to come together and conspire to drive the couple away and keep their home.

Dr. Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education of CUNY (CWE) says of this year’s festival: “The festival has become a platform to continue with CWE’s mission, which is to create bridges of understanding between the various cultures that make up our student body with the stories and filmmakers of The Americas.

TAFFNY, in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, closes on Sunday, June 27, starting at 4:00 pm, with director Loretta Todd’s debut feature film Monkey Beach, based on Edna Robinsons’ beloved novel of the same name. After Lisa (played by Secwépemc actor Grace Dove) is served notice by her cousin’s ghost to return to her native village, she sets out on an epic journey to save her brother and contend with the mystical creatures that lurk in the woods nearby. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds, Monkey Beach is also a testament to Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered. Following the screening is an interactive Q&A with director Loretta Todd and actor Grace Dove, that will be live-streamed on TAFFNY’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

“This year under the motto knowledge is power in TAFFNY, we want to highlight the work that filmmakers make to discover and provide different angles and facets of historical events that as human beings it is up to us to understand,” says Artistic Director Diana Vargas.

Films offer us the opportunity to explore the complexities of truth—a reminder that headlines rarely tell the whole story. This year’s program includes documentaries and narrative features that open our eyes to the people behind the breaking news and history book excerpts. Documentary Women in Blue by Deirdre Fishel offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct. Filming both before and after George Floyd’s murder, Fishel follows four female MPD officers as they navigate the changing department, offering a compelling inside look at the complex intersection of gender, race, and the limits of reform within an ethically questionable institution. Colombian filmmaker Marta Hincapié Uribe shares an intimate portrait of her own family to tell the story of 50 years of violence in her country. Her documentary, The Reasons of the Wolf (Las razones del lobo), follows the memories of an atypical family from a typical, wealthy Colombian neighborhood: the father the former mayor of Medellín and the mother a leftist academic.

TAFFNY partners with the Havana Film Festival New York to present two Cuban films that add human layers to the conversation surrounding U.S.-Cuban relations. Roberto Salinas’ Cuban Dancer is a captivating, coming-of-age documentary that follows talented 15-year-old Alexis Valdes, who leaves behind his promising future at Havana’s Cuban National Ballet to move to Florida with his family, and pursue ballet perfection in an alien environment. Silvio Rodríguez: My First Calling (Silvio Rodríguez: Mi Primera Tarea) by Catherine Murphy is a short but powerful documentary- a first-person account of world-beloved Cuban trovador (poet-musician) Silvio Rodríguez’s experiences of the youth brigades during the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign.

This year’s TAFFNY also pays tribute to City College’s MFA Program in Media and Film, with a showcase of selected student-made short films and the NY Premiere of Professor Campbell Dalglish’s incisive documentary feature Savage Land. Directed by Prof. Dalglish and Dr. Henrietta Mann, the film reminds us that for many peoples of the Americas the past is not dead, it’s not even passed. When Custer County Police kill 18 year old Cheyenne Arapaho Mah-hi-vist Red Bird Goodblanket in his family’s kitchen, descendants of the Sand Creek and Washita Massacres take us back 150 years to reveal how historical trauma and the horrors of the past are still present in America today.

TAFFNY has been a free festival for New Yorkers since its inception, and the Virtual Cinema will also be free of charge. Only viewers (in the North-East region: NY, NJ, CT) who have previously registered can access the screenings.

TAFFNY is an initiative of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education of the City College of New York (CUNY) and the collaboration of prestigious institutions such as the Cervantes Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian, with the purpose of creating a cinematographic appreciation space focused on multiculturalism, diversity and new societies around The Americas, as well as to encourage the work of new film directors. TAFFNY’s Executive Director is CWE’s Dean Juan Carlos Mercado and its Artistic Director is film programmer and producer Diana Vargas.

Below is the entire program. To register, please visit: www.TAFFNY.com

TAFFNY VIRTUAL CINEMA

PROGRAM 2021

GET A FESTIVAL PASS AND/OR REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS AT WWW.TAFFNY.COM

MONDAY JUNE 21

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

Streaming available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ARIZONA 1878

Manuel Olaya Muñoz | Spain-US | Fiction | 20 min | 2019

ANIMATORS FOR BELARUS

Yulia Ruditskaya | Various Countries | Animation | 8 min | 2020

MEU PAI ADONAI

Luiz Fernando F. Machado | Brazil , Italy | Experimental | 14 min | 2017

PANADERO

Carla Franchesca | U.S. | Documentary | 12 min |2019

MOEBIUS

Vladimir Vera | Chile | Fiction | 8 min | 2020

O KARAOKE DE ISADORA

Thiago B. Mendoça | Brazil, Portugal | Documentary - Experimental | 6 min | 2021

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

Eva Contis | U.S. | Fiction | 10 min | 2020

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Streaming available from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

*In partnership with Instituto Cervantes NY

EL CUENTO DE LAS COMADREJAS / THE WEASELS’ TALE

Juan José Campanella | Argentina-Spain | Fiction | 2019 | 129min​

TUESDAY JUNE 22

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

Streaming available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

VIA RUTA

Vanesa Paredes | Argentina | Fiction | 10 min | 2020

EXPONENTIALS

Khalil Charif & Cristina Amiran | Brazil | Experimental | 4 min | 2021

LUZ

Julian Ortiz | Colombia | Fiction | 15 min | 2020

GUERRA, TIZA , TIEMPO; AUSENCIAS RECUPERADAS

Philippine Sellam | Argentina | Documentary | 15 min | 2020

SMALL HOURS

Marcelo Sanhueza | Chile | Experimental | 3 min | 2020

LIBERTARIO

Eugenio Gomez | Colombia | Animation | 15 min | 2019

ALAS DE OTOÑO

Pedro Da Silva Dantas Neto | Brazil, Chile | Documentary | 7 min | 2020

FEATURE PRESENTATION
Streaming available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WOMEN IN BLUE

Deirdre Fishel | USA | Documentary | 2020 | 86min

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Deirdre Fishel (via livestream) at 8:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 23

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

Streaming available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

DALIA SIGUE AQUI

Nuria Menchaca | Mexico | Animation | 12 min | 2019

INSILIOS

Luis Camargo | Argentina | Fiction | 16 min | 2019

LES ATOMES DU RÉEL

Marco Joubert | Canada | Experimental | 4 min | 2020

ACUARIO

Ricardo L. Norambuena | Chile | Documentary | 19 min | 2020

ON / OFF

Nicolas Villareal | Argentina | Animation | 7 min | 2020

MINKA DE LA MEMORIA

Luis Cintora | Perú | Documentary | 4 min | 2019

THE RIGHT VINTAGE

Trace Winter | U.S. | Fiction | 4 min | 2021

ENTRE EL OLVIDO Y LA PAZ

Luz Mary Rosero | Colombia | Documentary | 10 min |2019

TODAY YOU, TOMORROW ME

Christopher Neal | U.S. | Fiction | 10 min | 2020

FEATURE PRESENTATION
Streaming available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

*In partnership with the Havana Film Festival New York

CUBAN DANCER

Roberto Salinas | Italy-Canada-Chile | Documentary | 2020 | 96min

THURSDAY JUNE 24

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

Streaming available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LIMBO

Juan Paullier | Uruguay | Documentary | 13 min | 2019

PREJUICIOS

Felipe Portocarrero | Colombia | Documentary | 9 min | 2019

METAMORFOSIS

Luis Camey | Mexico | Experimental | 14 min | 2019

ZAPATOS Y LA MAGICA AVENTURA DE SU CREACIÓN

Juan Camilo Gonzalez - Cho Jim San | Colombia | Animation | 6 min | 2019

72 HORAS

Christian Durán | México | Fiction | 18 mins | 2020

VIRUS

Marie Emilia Castañeda | Argentina | Documentary | 8 min | 2020

SALVAGE

Christopher Boulton | U.S. | Documentary - Experimental | 11 min | 2020

LA BALDOSA DETRAS DEL CHARCO

Tomas Rojo | Spain | Fiction | 5 min |2019

FEATURE PRESENTATION
Streaming available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LAS RAZONES DEL LOBO / THE REASONS OF THE WOLF

Marta Hincapié Uribe | Colombia | Documentary | 2019 | 70min

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Marta Hincapié (via livestream) at 8:00 p.m.

FRIDAY JUNE 25

TAFFNY HONORS CITY COLLEGE’S MFA PROGRAM IN FILM AND MEDIA

A SELECTION OF STUDENT SHORTS

Streaming available from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

NI AQUÍ/NI ALLÁ

Ley Comas | USA, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica | Documentary | 2020 | 16min

AMEND

John Patrck Hayden | USA | Fiction | 2020 | 14min

THE BLUE CAVE

Muhammad Bilal | USA | Fiction | 2020 | 15min

LAST SUMMER ON BAINBRIDGE STREET

Jessica Q. Moore | USA | Fiction | 2020 | 12min

DON’T LOSE THE LESSON

Ashika Kuruvilla | USA | Documentary | 2020 | 15min

Followed by Q&A with students (via livestream) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FEATURE PRESENTATION
Streaming available from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

SAVAGE LAND

Campbell Dalglish, Henrietta Mann | USA | Documentary | 2021 | 99min

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Campbell Dalglish and Henrietta Mann (via livestream) at 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY JUNE 26

SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION

Streaming available from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

*In partnership with the Havana Film Festival New York

SILVIO RODRÍGUEZ: MI PRIMERA TAREA / SILVIO RODRÍGUEZ: MY FIRST CALLING

Catherine Murphy | Cuba-U.S | Documentary | 2020 | 25 min

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Catherine Murphy (via livestream) at 2:30 p.m.

THE AMERICAS AWARDS CEREMONY

Followed by THE TAFFNY AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILMS OF 2021

Streaming available from Saturday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY JUNE 27

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Streaming available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*In partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

MONKEY BEACH

Loretta Todd | Canada | Fiction | 2020 | 103min

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Loretta Todd and actor Grace Dove (via livestream) at 6:30 p.m.

GET A FESTIVAL PASS AND/OR REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS AT WWW.TAFFNY.COM

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