The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) in now in its remarkable 21st year, and is returning with the third installment of Documania!, showcasing the best in non-fiction films by some of today's brightest Latino filmmakers. Local musicians can earn points for themselves by watching enriching music documentaries and get in on the networking action by attending SDLFF's offical opening party. Who knows -- maybe you can get music placement in a film or get to perform next year. This year, three top shelf docs featuring Latino musical luminaries will be presented:
- Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (Argentina) March 13, 4 p.m. - With millions of records sold, thousands of concerts all over the world, and countless fans (and detractors), Mercedes Sosa left behind an indelible legacy. She was the people's heroine and a member of Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero [The New Songbook Manifesto], who risked her own life to embolden her fans. The documentary features unforgettable performances that span Sosa’s 60-year career and interviews with musicians like Pablo Milanes, Chico Buarque and David Byrne. This stirring portrait takes us on an in-depth, intimate journey through her life, revealing an artist who became one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century. Watch Trailer.
- Prova de Artista (Brazil) March 17, 5 p.m. - Centered around the intense professional landscape of Brazil’s orchestra scene, this music documentary envelops the viewer in a world where art, sacrifice and dedication clash on a daily basis. Director Jose Joffily is equally concerned with his subjects as he is their musical accomplishments and failures, burrowing into their daily routines and experiences in order to paint an overall picture of their lifestyle. Watch Trailer.
- Serrat y Sabina: El Simbolo y El Cuate (Spain) March 21, 4:30 p.m. - Go on the road with Joan Manuel Serrat, an icon of Latin American music, and his talented companion, Joaquin Sabina, for an amazing exploration into their world music tour. In this wild romp of a documentary, the viewer not only shares time with the music legends, but gets a first-hand look into their creative process. Both subjects express an uncanny vulnerability and openness to the camera, making their discussions all the more interesting. Watch Trailer.
The SDLFF kicks off March 13, and will present films at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center. After watching the Mercedes Sosa documentary, head over to downtown's Cafe Sevilla for the official opening party, to mingle with SDLFF special guests all night. Watch musical performances from 2013 San Diego Music Award-nominated Afrojazziacs and the Roots Factory's very own, DJ Bob Green. Appetizers and a one-hour hosted bar will be served from 10-11 p.m. Complimentary transportation from movie theater to Cafe Sevilla will be provided by Five Star Tours all night.
For more info on SDLFF movie and party passes, go here.
Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and Hip-Hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.