OutFest: LGBT Film Festival Latino Picks!

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Withdrawal symptoms from Pride may have kicked in but we’re still giddy from the death of DOMA and the fact that polls are reflecting big shifts in what Americans deem as constitutional (finally!). Outfest Los Angeles’ LGBT Film Festival starts today with the fitting theme of ‘Heroes’. Bringing together films, documentaries, shorts and programs from over 25 countries and seven languages all the while celebrating the international LBGT community and its supporters, this festival is one to check out. With the purpose of educating, building relationships, and showcasing emerging filmmakers, Outfest runs till July 21st. Check out our Latino flick-picks below!

To Heaven
Country: Argentina
Director: Diego Prado

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Shy teen, Andrés’ favorite punk band frontman has just committed suicide. When his mother sees the effect it has on him, she suggests he join a local church youth group to help ‘find himself’. What he does find is an intriguing character names Alex. Teen angst, raw filmmaking and stories of the torment that ensues when you find your first love.

Country: Chile
Director: Diego Ruiz

Written, directed and starring the captivating Diego Ruiz, Igloo tells the emotionally charged story of a deeply depressed Daniel, in the aftermath of his relationship with much older college professor. He finds solace in his neighbor Paula and an intense bond forms.

The Last Match
Country: Cuba
Director: Antonio Hens

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Renier works as a call boy in Cuba working to support his wife, child and extended family. The sex is strictly business until he meets a cute soccer player who may be the answer to his debts and escape from the slums.

Everybody’s Got Someone But Me
Country: Mexico
Director:  Raul Fuentes

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Shot in black & white (*swoon*), this sexually charged drama tells the story of Alejandra, an uptight intellectual and her partner, the free spirited private-schooled Maria. When conflicts arise regarding boundaries, goals and Maria’s partying lifestyle, their all-consuming relationship is put to the test.

transVISIBLE: The Bamby Salcedo Story
Country: USA
Director: Dante Alencastre

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This documentary highlights an icon of L.A.’s transgender community, Latina activist Bamby Salcedo. From her humble beginnings and her struggle with drugs to her out spoken activism towards HIV, Bamby’s story is one of heartache and triumph.

Check out Outfest’s full schedule HERE!