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FILM ARTICLE

A Guide to Everything Latino at Tribeca 2016

Manuel Betancourt of Remezcla's film team has whittled down the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival's lineup and pulled out all of its Latino offerings.

The Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating its 15th year in style. Yep, we've gone full quinceañera this year, inviting over 130 film directors, screening 101 films, 72 shorts, 23 virtual reality and interactive installations, and pulling out all the stops to make sure the 2016 Festival is like no other. It can be daunting, we know, to find out what to catch. Which is why our friends at Remezcla have your back. They read through the entire guide and have singled out every Latino involved in the fest, in front and behind the camera. Brazilian directors, Dominican dancers, Mexican editors, Puerto Rican documentarians, Argentine soccer players… You'll find them all, (and more!), accounted for below in this handy list of everything Latino at the festival.

FEATURE FILMS

Special Correspondents

Section: Tribeca Talks After the Movie
American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene story while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. The comedy features Latino cast members Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, and Raul Castillo.
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Madly
Section: International Narrative Competition
Directed and written by Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan. (Argentina, Australia, USA, India, Japan, UK) – World Premiere.

Madly is an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations. Directed by some of the most vibrant filmmakers working today, the six stories in Madlyportray contemporary love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations. Dance, Dance, Dance is directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Silva, while the Argentina-set The Love of My Life is helmed by Gael García Bern
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Icaros: A Vision
Section: International Narrative Competition
Directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi, written by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi, and Abou Farman. (Peru, USA) – World Premiere.

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. At a healing center, she finds hope in the form of the psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca. With her perception forever altered, she bonds with a young indigenous shaman who is treating a group of psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Thanks to the shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns to confront her susto (the disease of fear.) Set in an actual Ayahuasca retreat in Peru, the movie features real shamans and indigenous non-actors from the Shipibo community. Many aspects of the film are based on co-director Leonor Caraballo’s true experiences who battled breast cancer as the shoot began. Although she dedicated herself to the project until the very end, sadly she died before she could see the film finished. In English, Spanish with subtitles.
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The Tenth Man (El Rey Del Once)
Section: International Narrative Competition
Directed and written by Daniel Burman. (Argentina) – North American Premiere.

Ariel is summoned to Buenos Aires by his distant father, who runs a Jewish aid foundation in El Once, the bustling Jewish neighborhood where he spent his youth. Writer-director Daniel Burman (All In) returns to Tribeca with this tender exploration of community, and the intricacies of the father-son relationship. With Alan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher, Elvira Onetto, Adrian Stoppelman, Elisa Carricajo. In Spanish with subtitles.
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Betting on Zero
Section: World Documentary Competition
Directed and written by Ted Braun. (USA) – World Premiere.
Allegations of corporate criminality and Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. He argues the company targets working class Latino communities with a “business opportunity” that is nothing more than a scheme. Meanwhile, Herbalife execs defend their product as a genuine opportunity, and accuse Ackman of being an unadorned market manipulator out to bankrupt them in order to make a killing off his billion dollar short position against the company. Amidst the heated rhetoric on both sides, who has the moral standing?
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Califórnia

Section: Viewpoints
Directed by Marina Person, written by Marina Person, Mariana Veríssimo, and Francisco Guarnieri. (Brazil) – North American Premiere.
Nostalgic, sweet, and at moments poignantly funny, Califórnia is a coming-of-age tale about a high school student, Estela, growing up in São Paulo in the 1980s. Estela is doing all she can to get to California to visit her glamorous and cultured uncle. While focused on keeping her grades up, her life is complicated by romance, sex, and social pressures. With Clara Gallo, Caio Blat, and Caio Horowicz. In Portuguese with subtitles.
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Memories of a Penitent Heart
Section: World Documentary Competition
Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo. (USA, Puerto Rico) – World Premiere.
Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, his niece Cecilia locates Miguel’s estranged lover to understand the truth, and in the process opens up long-dormant family secrets. In English, Spanish with subtitles.
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Between Us
Section: Viewpoints
Directed and written by Rafael Palacio Illingworth. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Mexican-born Rafael Palacio Illingworth sure nabbed quite the cast for his second feature film following his well-received 2009 film, Macho. Longtime couple Henry (Ben Feldman) and Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) are afraid that if they finally tie the knot it would mean the end of their days as free-spirited urbanites. But a whirlwind night apart involving temptations from a duo of strangers (Analeigh Tipton and Adam Goldberg) will either make them realize why they are together in the first place or finally drive them apart forever. With Scott Haze, Peter Bogdanovich, Lesley Ann Warren.
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The Charro of Toluquilla (El Charro De Toluquilla)
Section: Viewpoints
Directed and written by Jose Villalobos Romero. (Mexico) – International Premiere, Documentary.
Jaime García appears to be the quintessentially machismo mariachi singer, yet beneath his magnetic confidence lies a man struggling to maintain a relationship with his estranged family while living as an HIV-positive man. In Jose Villalobos Romero's remarkable cinematic debut, he utilizes vivid tableaus and stylized perspective to paint a beautifully unique and emotional portrait of a man divided. With Analia Garcia Hernandez, Rocio Hernandez, La Paloma, Andrea Dominguez, Ventura Garcia. In Spanish with subtitles.
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La cosa humana (The Human Thing)
Section: Viewpoints
Directed by Gerardo Chijona, written by Francisco García and Gerardo Chijona. (Cuba) – International Premiere, Narrative.
Gerardo Chijona's (Ticket to Paradise) newest film opens with a thief breaking into the home of a famous writer, and unknowingly stealing what turns out to be the only manuscript of his upcoming story. In desperate need of money, he submits it to a contest, which will see him competing with the very writer he robbed. With Héctor Medina, Enrique Molina, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Vladimir Cruz, Miriel Cejas, Amarilis Núñez, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, Mario Guerra, Alejandro Rivera. In Spanish with subtitles. Presented in association with the Havana Film Festival New York.
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After Spring
Section: Viewpoints
Directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching. (USA) – World Premiere.
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of two families as they contemplate an uncertain future. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, and co-directed by Latina Ellen Martinez, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes. In Arabic, English, Korean with subtitles.
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Check It
Section: Spotlight
Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
Fed up with being abused and harassed on the brutal inner-city streets of Washington D.C., a group of gay and trans teens form a gang to fight back. The writer-director behind the Emmy award-winning documentary Latinos in Beisbol teamed up with Toby Oppenheimer for this raw and intimate portrait follows four Check It members as they struggle to find a way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.
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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Section: Viewpoints
Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
Deborah S. Esquenazi is here telling the story of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez—four Latina lesbians who in 1994 were tried and convicted of a heinous assault on two young girls in a court case that was infused with homophobic prejudice and the Satanic Panic sweeping the nation at that time. Southwest of Salem is a fascinating true crime story that puts the trial of the San Antonio Four in context of their ongoing search for exoneration.
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Actor Martínez
Section: Viewpoints
Directed and written by Nathan Silver and Mike Ott. (USA) – North American Premiere, Narrative.
Arthur Martinez is a computer repairman and aspiring actor who commissions indie directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver to film his life. In the directors’ first collaboration, we see them follow Arthur as he goes to work, drives around, and auditions for a love interest (Lindsay Burdge), leading them to question the meaning of the project, and ultimately that of identity and stardom.
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Free Like the Birds
Section: Tribeca Talks After the Movie
Directed by Paola Mendoza. (USA) - World Premiere, Documentary.
Six-year-old Sophie Cruz took the world by storm when she broke through the police barricades in Washington DC to give the Pope a letter. Her letter asked the Pope to convince President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform. In that moment, Sophie became an Internet sensation. Free Like the Birds is the intimate story her family fighting against the looming threat of deportation. Sophie is at the center of her family’s plight and that of millions of children like her. Through her innocence, her laughter and through her understanding of what it means to be an immigrant and an American, we bear witness to her family striving for the American Dream.
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Custody
Section: Spotlight
Directed and written by James Lapine. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Legal and intimate family dynamics dovetail in Custody, starring Viola Davis as an embattled family court judge with a fraught marriage of her own; Hayden Panettiere as a recent law-school grad flung into a custody case; and Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno as the single mother at the center of the case who risks losing her two children over an ill-timed argument. With Tony Shalhoub, Raul Esparza, Dan Fogler, and Ellen Burstyn.
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Win!
Section: Spotlight
Directed and written by Justin Webster. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
With inside access to the players, decision makers, and supporters who were central to the formation of New York City Football Club (including former captain of the USMNT and current director of NYCFC operations Claudio Reyna) and its historic inaugural season, Win! offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a Major League Soccer team from the ground up, in the country’s most competitive sports market. The team, led by global superstars like David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, alongside a growing squad of American veterans and young talent, set out to conquer their owners’ lofty expectations and win the hearts of New Yorkers.
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Strike a Pose
Section: Spotlight
Directed and written by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. (Netherlands, Belgium) – North American Premiere, Documentary.
This must-watch doc for Madonna fans features the familiar faces of José Gutierrez and Luis Camacho, the two Latino dancers from New York City who introduced the Queen of Pop to the practice of vogueing and who would later join her in the Blonde Ambitiontour. Alongside Kevin, Oliver, Luis, Carlton, Jose, Gabriel, and Salim, José and Luis a diverse, impressionable group of young dancers whose lives were forever changed by Madonna’s iconic blonde ambition tour and its accompanying documentary, Truth or Dare. No longer swept up in the thrill of Madonna’s inarguable power, some found life — away from her influence — emotionally devastating and near impossible to navigate. Strike a Pose movingly revisits the men after years apart and provides us with a chance to learn about the emotional truth behind the glamorous facade.
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Pelé: Birth of a Legend
Section: Special Screening
Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
From the slums of Brazil to center stage at the world's biggest sporting event, Pelé's rise to become the youngest-ever World Cup winner, at the age of 17, was nothing short of a miracle. Full of laughs, life lessons, and heart, this inspiring biopic is perfect for introducing a new generation to the greatest soccer player of all time. With Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Seu Jorge, Colm Meaney. An IFC Films release. Followed by a conversation with Pelé.
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Untitled Bill Nye Documentary
Section: Special Screening
Directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg. (USA)
When it raised over $800,000 on Kickstarter, The Untitled Bill Nye Documentary broke the fundraising site’s records and instantly became one of the most anticipated upcoming documentaries. Join Mexican-American David Alvarado, his co-director Jason Sussberg, and the titular Science Guy as they preview exclusive scenes from their upcoming doc and discuss their process, collaboration, and fundraising strategy.
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SHORT FILMS

El Púgil (The Boxer)
Section: Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival: Sports ShortsSponsored by Mohegan Sun.
Directed and written by Angel Manuel Soto. (Puerto Rico) – World Premiere.
El Púgil tells the inspirational story of Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, a promising, young boxer from Barrio Obrero – one of Puerto Rico’s poorest neighborhoods. Lyrical and cinematic, the doc paints an intimate portrait of Tito, Puerto Rico, and their shared fight to beat the odds. In Spanish with subtitles.
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The Duke: Based on the Memoir “I’m the Duke” by J.P. Duke
Section: California Dreaming
Directed by Max Barbakow, written by Derek J. Pastuszek and Andy Siara. (USA) – New York Premiere.
This football-themed short, edited by Mexica-born Salvador Pérez García, features Alejandro Patiño as Urbina, a detective investigating what’s brought “The Duke” to the hospital.
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Coger un monstruo (Catch a Monster)
Section: First Impressions
Directed and written by Michael Y. Lei. (Bolivia, USA) – World Premiere.
A lonely boy finds himself trapped in a dark fantasy come alive in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia. In Spanish with subtitles.
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We All We Got
Section: Past Imperfect
Directed and written by Carlos Javier Ortiz. (USA) – New York Premiere.
We All We Got captures the poetic language of the streets: police helicopters flying over the city, people talking shit on the street corners, ambulances on the run, and preachers hollering for the violence to stop after another young man is senselessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago.
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Shooting an Elephant
Section: Pressure Points
Directed by Juan Pablo Rothie, written by Alec Sokolow. (Venezuela, USA, U.K., Nepal) – New York Premiere.
A mature Eric Blair (George Orwell’s given name) looks back to his younger self with regret; He was shamed into being the public executioner of a rogue work elephant while stationed in The British Foreign Service in Burma. Based on the George Orwell short story of the same name and helmed by Venezuelan-American director Juan Pablo Rothie, Shooting An Elephant tracks the tragic steps of a day long rued, when a man’s innocence was forever lost. Reprimanded by his ineffectual superiors, goaded on by the very Burmese who had grown reliant, yet distrustful of the English uniform, driven to blood lust to by his own false pride, Eric Blair, kills an elephant he did not wish to harm solely to avoid humiliation, and in the process loses his own humanity.
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Aire quemado (Winds of Furnace)
Section: First Impressions
Directed and written by Yamil Alberto Mojica Quintana. (Mexico) – World Premiere.
In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends Antonio and Miguel are having a fun afternoon, sharing jokes, pranks, and dreams, as they straddle the boundary between childhood and adult life. The discovery of some charred human remains will draw them sharply back to reality, as a stark reminder of the horrors of drug trafficking. In Spanish with subtitles.
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SPECIAL EVENTS

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Amazon Studios with media support from Entertainment Weekly

Baz Luhrmann and Nelson George
Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has one of the most distinctly recognizable visual styles in cinema today and discusses creating work which merges both classic and modern worlds through films from The Great Gatsby to Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge. The visually singular Luhrmann and cultural critic/filmmaker Nelson George will chat about their new Netflix original series The Get Down, that takes on the birth of hip hop in the Bronx and for which George is part of the writing team. The Get Down features a handful of Latino actors as part of the cast including Jimmy Smits and Herizen Guardiola.
DATE: Saturday, April 23
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki
A conversation between two of the Mexican cinema greats. From the indie hit Y Tu Mamá También to blockbuster Gravity, film director Alfonso Cuarón has won two Academy Awards and received multiple international accolades and nominations for his work. Here he teams up with cinematographer and collaborator Emmanuel "El Chivo" Lubezki, a three-time Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography for Birdman, The Revenant, and Gravity.
Date: April 20
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: SVA 1

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Tribeca Talks: After the Movie

Special Correspondents
American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene report while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. The comedy features Latino cast members Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, and Raul Castillo.
After the movie: A conversation with writer/director Ricky Gervais, actor Eric Bana, and additional cast including Raul Castillo.
DATE: Friday, April 22
TIME: 8:00 PM
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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Special "Tribeca Talks" Event

Free Like the Birds: Immigration Panel
Six-year-old Sophie Cruz took the world by storm when she broke through the police barricades in Washington DC to give the Pope a letter. Her letter asked the Pope to convince President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform. Free like the Birds is the intimate story her family fighting against the looming threat of deportation. Sophie is at the center of her family’s plight and that of millions of children like her.
The world premiere of Free Like the Birds will be the inspiration for a powerful, arousing, and intimate discussion about immigration in the United States. The evening will bring together activists, artists, immigrants, and the public at large to reflect on our system that is desperate need of reform.
After the short film: An in-depth conversation with director Paola Medoza, producers Grace La Morte and Joseph La Morte, and prominent activists about immigration.
DATE: Thursday, April 21
TIME: 8:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Tribeca Talks: Daring Women Summit Powered by the Li.st

This day of first-hand storytelling celebrates today’s most influential women in arts and technology who have risen to the top of their respective fields by eschewing traditional career trajectories in creating their own paths. Not only have these women broken ceilings to succeed for themselves, but most importantly they have created opportunities for other women along the way through direct support and mentorship, forging job opportunities for others and creating content where women can see themselves and the possibilities of what they themselves could become.

Speakers include actress & activist Rosie Perez, Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, actress LaLa Anthony, and many more.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 10:30 AM – 5 PM
LOCATION: Festival Hub
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TRANSMEDIA

The Argus Project
Section: Storyscapes
Project Creators: Gan Golan, Raquel de Anda, Julien Terrell, Ligaiya Romero
The Argus Project is a trans-media project that directly intersects the public debate over police accountability and features Latino creators as part of its team. At the center stands a suit of tactical counter-surveillance armor embedded with body cameras that offers a simple question: “If the police wear body armor to protect themselves while in public, what must “The Public” wear to protect themselves from the police?” Video projections surround the suit featuring former officers, activists, and family members directly impacted by police violence, creating a space for a real conversation on police violence – one that our country desperately needs.

To learn more about Storyscapes click here.
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Hard World for Small Things
Section: Virtual Arcade
Project Creators: Janicza Bravo/Wevr
Panamanian-born and award-winning film and theater director Janicza Bravo ventures into the world of virtual reality with an exploration of the circumstances and lives affected by a single tragedy in Los Angeles. Drawing from a real-life experience, Bravo and studio collaborators Wevr craft a remarkably powerful narrative that culminates in a devastating conclusion.

To learn more about the Virtual Arcade click here.
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TFI INTERACTIVE

The fifth annual TFI Interactive, an all-day immersive event at Tribeca 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th. TFI Interactive will be split up into three sections: the MakerSpace, the Conference, and the Interactive Playground exhibit. TFI Interactive’s MakerSpace is a new addition to the Festival and will feature leaders from Black Lives Matter, IBM, IDFA Doc Lab, and Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Group, as well as the filmmakers behind the TFI-funded new media projects Notes on Blindness and The Argus Project.

The Conference lineup includes speakers Joanna Peña-Bickley, Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience and Mariana Santos, Director of Interactive at Fusion.

To learn more about TFI Inteactive click here.
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TICKET GIVEAWAYS

In case you’re broke (or just like free stuff), Remezcla has lots of Festival tickets to give away.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Pelé: Birth of a Legend click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Califórnia click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to La cosa humana click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Storyscapes click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Virtual Arcade click here.

We partnered with Remezcla to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Latino talent at this year's fest. Follow their coverage on remezcla.com.

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