Just as Pride festivities are winding down, Outfest Los Angeles is getting ready to rock the sunny city with a roster of LGBT films that are sure to keep last month’s celebratory spirit alive. In addition to offering Angelenos a chance to catch Looking: The Movie ahead of its HBO premiere later this month, Outfest will continue its commitment to showcasing thrilling work that speaks to the city’s diverse population with its “Focus on Los Angeles” and “Focus on Latin America” sections. The former includes the wonderful Ovarian Psycos, about a Latina woman bike brigade, while the latter will play festival favorite and skater thriller Te prometo anarquía.

Elsewhere though, the lineup is brimming with strong work from all over the continent, including a dystopian Sofia Coppola meets Kenneth Anger Brazilian flick, a 90s-set Colombian short about a curious girl, an erotically-charged drama set on the banks of the Uruguay River, and even a Cuban film about a gay porn actor.

That’s to say nothing of the many thought-provoking documentaries that collectively give a helpful snapshot of the Latino LGBT experience in 2016. Whether you want to learn what it’s like to grow up queer and undocumented in rural America, see the world of older prostitutes in Mexico, or witness the way New York City brown and black queer kids use vogueing to nurture their community, Outfest has you covered.

Not wanting anyone to miss out on any of the great films being showcased at Outfest, we’ve compiled a list of everything Latino playing at the west coast LGBT fest.

Outfest Los Angeles runs July 7 – 17, 2016.

1

Te prometo anarquía

Director Julio Hernández Cordón
Country Germany, Mexico
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

This is a tale of twisted adolescence, free love, and reprehensible crime that takes place on the streets of Mexico City. The feature follows a middle-class teen skateboard fanatic who carries on an illicit affair with the son of his family’s maid, who simultaneously carries on an affair with a young woman named Adri. In the tense shadow of this uncomfortable love triangle, the two spend their days skating, making love, doing drugs, and selling their blood on the black market, until the promise of easy cash finds them caught up in a shady scheme that goes way deeper than they could have ever expected.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details
I Promise You Anarchy
Director: Julio Hernández Cordón
Country: Germany, Mexico
Genre: Drama
Writer: Julio Hernández Cordón
Producer: Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 88
2

Ovarian Psycos

Director Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

This uplifting and rollicking documentary follows the Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade, a new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles who are building a community together by putting their feminist ideals in motion with raucous, irreverent activism, fighting the violence they’ve lived with all their lives, and hoping to make a difference.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 72
3

Plaza de la soledad

Director Maya Goded
Country Mexico
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Maya Goded’s documentary is twenty years in the making. That’s how long she’s known the five women that make up her tender portrait of ageing prostitutes in Mexico City’s neighborhood of La Merced. It’s a topic the photographer-turned-filmmaker is intimately familiar with as it was the subject of her 2006 photography book by the same name. Imbuing these women with the same humanity that she brought out in her photos, Plaza de la soledad paints a lively if wistful look at these women’s lives all the while asking necessary questions about female sexuality, friendship, and the emotional inner lives of these oft-forgotten women.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Maya Goded
Country: Mexico
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Martha Sosa, Eamon O'Farrill, Mónica Lozano
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 84
4

Bruising for Besos

Director Adelina Anthony
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

In this beautifully shot love story, Yoli is a seductive queer xicana artist who finds great passion with Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican nurse. But their growing intimacy stirs up their own troubled histories. Can Yoli break the cycle, face the past, and create something new for herself?


Film Details

Director: Adelina Anthony
Country: United States
Genre: Drama
Writer: Natalie Camunas, Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin, Caro Zeller, Adelina Anthony
Producer: Adelina Anthony, Marisa Becerra
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 90
5

Looking: The Movie

Director Andrew Haigh
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Picking up where the short-lived HBO show left off, this feature-film serves as the conclusion to the story of Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and his fellow San Francisco friends (Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez), and gives closure to his his relationships with Richie (Raul Castillo) and Kevin (Russell Tovey).

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Andrew Haigh
Country: United States
Genre: Drama
Writer: Michael Lannan, Andrew Haigh
Producer: Shana Fischer Huber
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 85
6

Kiki

Director Sara Jordenö
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

The New York City ballroom scene, iconically captured on screen in Jennie Livingston’s 1990 film Paris is Burning, gets a much needed update in Sara Jordenö ebullient documentary. The film focuses on the “kiki” scene, the youth-led and socially conscious subculture of the ball scene (where LGBT* individuals walk the runway and vogue in fabulous dance battles) and really highlights the African-American and Latino youth that are blending their creativity with a welcome dose of activism.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Sara Jordenö
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Writer: Sara Jordenö, Twiggy Pucci Garcon
Producer: Lori Cheatle, Annika Rogell
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 94
7

Strike a Pose

Director Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan
Country Belgium, Netherlands
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

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 Ambition tour. 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.


Film Details

Director: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Genre: Documentary
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 83
8

Afuera

Director Steven Liang
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Exploring the intersection of gender identity, immigration, and health, Afuera finds an undocumented transgender woman making sacrifices to live as the woman she always was.


Film Details

Director: Steven Liang
Country: United States
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Steven Canals
Producer: Joshua Clark, Steven Liang, Thientam Nguyen, Catherine Skipp
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 15
9

Daddy’s Boy

Director Daniel Armando
Country United States
Production Year 2015
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'Daddy's Boy' still courtesy of Cinequest Film Festival
Synopsis

Paying homage to the French New Wave, director Daniel Armando’s black and white feature film weaves the stories of several men in New York City who navigate a world of interlocking intimacies in a city that never sleeps.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Daniel Armando
Country: United States
Genre: Drama
Writer: Daniel Armando
Producer: Adrienne Lovette
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 78
10

Vámonos

Director Marvin Lemus
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

When Mac, a young butch Latina dies, her novia, Hope, must overcome personal grief in order to respectfully send Mac off into the afterlife as she would’ve wanted, in the ride-or-die inspired Vámonos.


Film Details

Director: Marvin Lemus
Country: United States
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Moira Morel, Erick Castrillon
Producer: Carlos Garza
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 12
11

SO(U)L

Director Alyssa Griego
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

A Chicana poet struggling with identity issues falls in love with a functioning alcoholic, propelling her toward tragedy and rebirth.


Film Details

Director: Alyssa Griego
Country: United States
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Alyssa Griego
Producer: Dylan Gunaratne
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 7
12

Fuckkkyouuu

Director Eddie Alcazar
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

A nightmarish vision of a lonely woman who travels through time to connect with herself, scored by Flying Lotus.


Film Details

Director: Eddie Alcazar
Country: United States
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Eddie Alcazar
Producer: Javier Lovato, Eddie Alcazar
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 8
13

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Director Tiffany Rhynard
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

When Moises Serrano was a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American Dream. Growing up in the rural South as an undocumented gay man, forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home, Serrano sees only one option — to fight for justice and equality. Driven by a deep love for his family, who have come to accept being treated as invisible, Moises seeks to change the world.


Film Details

Director: Tiffany Rhynard
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Writer: Heather Mathews, Tiffany Rhynard
Producer: Heather Mathews, Tiffany Rhynard
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 90
14

Esteros

Director Papu Curotto
Country Brazil, Argentina
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Childhood friends Matías and Jerónimo reunite in their hometown of Paso de los Libres, Argentina, on the banks of the Uruguay River. The summer before high school, the teens’ close friendship transformed into something deeper, but their mutual attraction never came to fruition. More than a decade later they meet again, and the chemistry between them is palpable, but now Matías has a girlfriend who has traveled to his hometown for Carnival. Seeing his old friend, now so comfortable and confident in his skin, reawakens Matías’ feelings.


Film Details

Director: Papu Curotto
Country: Brazil, Argentina
Genre: Drama
Writer: Andi Nachon
Producer: Santiago Podestá
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 83
15

El Canto del Colibrí

Director Marco Castro-Bojorquez
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

El Canto del Colibrí is the intimate testimonial of a group of Latino immigrant fathers who, in the face of personal hardship, faith, and the expectations of machismo culture, find acceptance and love for their LGBTQ children. Marco Castro-Bojorquez’s film, simple in style but vital in content, is an important contribution to fighting stigma and isolation in the Latino/a immigrant LGBTQ community.


Film Details
The Song of the Hummingbird
Director: Marco Castro-Bojorquez
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Writer: Marco Castro-Bojorquez
Producer: Jose Alfaro, Katie Cruz
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 53
16

A Seita

Director André Antônio
Country Brazil
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

In the lugubrious future (a breezy 2040), Earth is abandoned for interplanetary colonization and only the disaffected remain. Too bored to travel and immunized from the need to sleep, they lounge languidly in ornate interiors, whiling away the hours with hookups. This confident first feature brims with vibrant ambiance and lush cinematography, taking its time to reveal the namesake cult and its rituals, which run just this side of Kenneth Anger. It’s Kubrick by way of Coppola (Sofia, that is) with a dash of Ozon to keep things queer.


Film Details
The Cult
Director: André Antônio
Country: Brazil
Genre: Science Fiction
Writer: André Antônio
Producer: Dora Amorim
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 70
17

Muchachos en la azotea

Director Julian Hernandez
Country Mexico
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Sergio and Octavio celebrate their relationship’s milestone by playing games on a rooftop.


Film Details
Boys On The Rooftop
Director: Julian Hernandez
Country: Mexico
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Emiliano Arenales Osorio, Sergio Loo
Producer: Roberto Fiesco, Ernesto Martínez Arévalo, Iliana Reyes
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 18
18

Alfa

Director Javier Ferreiro López
Country Cuba
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Alfa, a Cuban gay porn actor, returns to a film set years after the loss of his boyfriend and acting partner; despite a young, hot stud in the wings, he realizes it’s no easy task.


Film Details

Director: Javier Ferreiro López
Country: Cuba
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Javier Ferreiro López
Producer: Giselle Cruz
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 18
19

The Nest

Director Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
Country Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

On leave from the military, handsome twenty-something soldier Bruno travels to Porto Alegre determined to find his estranged older brother Leo. What he finds instead is a vibrant queer community that happily embraces him, inviting him into their alt social scene. Through these unconventional new friends, Bruno discovers a new space where he is free to explore his sexuality. Away from home, he’s found a new family and found himself, and his lost brother feels closer than ever.


Film Details

Director: Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
Country: Brazil
Genre: Drama
Writer: Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 115
20

Mais Duro!

Director Camila Saldarriaga
Country Colombia
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Set in late-90s Colombia, the curious and introverted Amalia unknowingly begins the universal experience toward self-awareness. Bored with her girlfriends and dying to know exactly what boys talk about, when girls aren’t around, she’s determined to have Carlos help her.


Film Details

Director: Camila Saldarriaga
Country: Colombia
Genre: Short Film
Producer: Camila Saldarriaga
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 13
21

Made of Sugar

Director Kevin Rios
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

A loss of cultural identity examined through three generations of a Cuban-American family.


Film Details

Director: Kevin Rios
Country: United States
Genre: Short Film
Writer: Kevin Rios
Producer: Kevin Rios, Raul Carvajal
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 7
22

Raising Zoey

Director Dante Alencastre
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Raising Zoey
'Raising Zoey' still. Courtesy of Dante Alencastre
Synopsis

Raising Zoey depicts an eventful year in the life of transgender 13 year old girl, Zoey Luna, her mom, Ofelia and her older sister, Letty.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Dante Alencastre
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Dante Alencastre, John Johnston
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 54