Central and South America

3.14.2022
1. Extraordinary StoriesArgentinaDrama1 SN | 3 EPS

In 3 parts, this genre-breaking film manages to create a playful viewing experience unlike any other while introducing 18 satisfying stories all interwoven in bold and subtle ways.

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2. La FlorArgentinaDrama1 SN | 8 EPS

Ambitious and unprecedented, La Flor is a 14-hour adventure that shape-shifts through genres, from musical to spy thriller, each defying narrative form. Presented in eight parts, the film boldly pushes the boundaries of fiction as we know it.

3. Noemí GoldArgentinaDrama1 Hour 21 Mins

Friends, parties, new romance. Some people dive headfirst into their 20s. For Noemí Goldberg, who has unreliable friends, overbearing relatives, and an unwanted pregnancy, her 20s feel more like choppy waters she must wade through.

4. The Human SurgeArgentinaDocumentary1 Hour 40 Mins

Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. His neighbors and friends seem as odd to him as they always do. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle. The mysterious, humorous ways in which their adventures connect (or don’t) fuels The Human Surge, a film of our present moment that boldly and wildly looks towards our future.

5. The ParanoidsArgentinaDrama1 Hour 45 Mins

Luciano is a failed screenwriter whose world begins to unravel when his childhood friend (a successful TV producer) returns from Madrid with a stunning new girlfriend and the revelation that he’s modeled the lead on a successful series after him.

6. ArabyBrazilDrama1 Hour 36 Mins

André is an 18-year-old boy who lives near an aluminum factory in the industrial city of Ouro Preto, in southeastern Brazil. One day, after a fatal accident that has occurred in the factory, he is sent to the home of the dead worker, Christian, to collect some of his belongings. There he finds a journal that describes the last years in the life of the worker, a man who spent his entire life in the midst of poverty and social oppression.

7. The Second MotherBrazilDrama1 Hour 52 Mins

Val is a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo who is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

8. Battle of ChileChileDocumentary1 SN | 3 EPS

A three-part documentary following the political tensions and violent uprisings that led to Pinochet’s 1973 military coup, which not only deposed socialist president Salvador Allende, but ended democracy and civilian rule in Chile.

9. Salvador AllendeChileDocumentary1 Hour 40 Mins

A chronicle of the life and death of one of the 20th century's most inspiring, and controversial, leaders, whose overthrow by an American-backed military destroyed not only his dream of Chilean socialism, but all those he inspired.

10. The MaidChileComedy1 Hour 37 Mins

After 23 years working as a devoted maid in an upper class Chilean household, embittered Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) can no longer care for the family alone. Trapped by guilt, matriarch Pilar (Claudia Celedón) refuses to let Raquel go. Instead, Pilar hires more help, throwing Raquel into a jealous frenzy. The seemingly happy home soon becomes the stage for Raquel's dirty tactics as she attempts to drive away anyone who threatens to take her place with darkly comedic results.

11. Embrace of the SerpentColombiaDrama2 Hours 4 Mins

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon.

12. CaballerangoMexicoDocumentary59 Mins

In the Mexican village of Milpillas, a family remembers the last day they saw their youngest son, Nando, a horse wrangler apprentice. Through the voices and daily rituals of the community, Caballerango evokes the presence of those who have parted.

13. I Dream In Another LanguageMexicoDrama1 Hour 41 Mins

In this Mexican drama, a linguist arrives in a small jungle settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the last two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. Unfortunately for him, the men are feuding and haven't spoken to each other in 50 years. Directed by Ernesto Contreras.

14. The Man Who Saw Too MuchMexicoDocumentary1 Hour 28 Mins

A film about fragility, sensationalism and images of violence. Through the work of cult photographer Metinides and today's tabloid photographers, we discover a different Mexico City and confront our horror and fascinations with morbidity, rubbernecking through the Metinides Gaze.

15. Once Upon a Time in VenezuelaVenezuelaDocumentary1 Hour 40 Mins

Once prosperous, the village of Congo Mirador is now rotting away. At the center are two women on opposing sides of Venezuelan politics. As national elections approach, can the village survive corruption, pollution, and economic decay?

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