The Latino Film Institute’s premiere film festival will showcase 15 features, 10 directed by women, plus 17 shorts and other episodic content and special events from July 31 through August 4. The festival begins with a screening of the Sundance award-winning film, “The Infiltrators,” by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. Mixing documentary and narrative styles, the story follows a real-life rag-tag group of undocumented youth that deliberately get themselves detained at the border in order to expose the machinations of a for-profit immigrant detention center.
While the film’s topic is upsetting, it’s also an extremely important one. Attendees can blow off steam after the screening at the opening night gala at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel over some drinks and salsa and cumbia music provided by La Mera Candelaria and DJ Sizzle Fantastic.