Ah, Thanksgiving. A truly United States holiday that asks us to stuff a turkey and then ourselves silly with as many sides as your moms, tías and abuelas can cook up. And while Thanksgiving dinners may come with requisite disagreements (about the current state of the world, the validity of this holiday, the latest breaking news alerts) there is nothing quite like spending an entire day en familia. Knowing that you can’t spend the entire day eating and chatting, we’ve cooked up a list of Latino films to tide you over once you finish your delicious meal.

Whether you’re in the mood for some informative docs, heartwarming family dramas, or just a good ol’ fashioned Gael García Bernal star vehicle, find below our all Latino picks for your post-pavo streaming needs.

Manuel Betancourt

1

The Land

Director Steven Caple Jr.
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Teenage buddies Cisco, Boobie, Junior, and Patty Cake skateboard the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, dreaming of getting discovered by a sponsor and skating their way out of poverty. That is, until the boys discover a bag full of pills in the back of a stolen car. Cisco’s entrepreneurial instincts take over, and in a flash their lives get better. But no one counted on having to come face to face with the cold, calulating, and notorious drug queenpin, “Momma,” who runs the toughest gang in town.


Film Details

Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Country: United States
Genre: Drama
Writer: Steven Caple Jr.
Producer: Karen Lauder, Greg Little, Tyler Davidson, Stephen Love, Blake Pickens, Lizzie Friedman
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 102
2

Searching for Sugar Man

Director Malik Bendjelloul
Country Sweden, United States
Production Year 2012
Synopsis

A couple of years ago, you probably hadn’t heard of Sixto Rodriguez. Now, thanks to this Oscar-winning documentary, go into any vinyl store and his records are some of the first you can expect to see. This is the story of the 1970s American folk singer known simply as Rodriguez, an unknown in his own country but a star to white liberals in apartheid-era South Africa. In spite of his fame, little was known about what became of the musician, other than persistent rumors he had died onstage several years previously. Malik Bendjelloul’s film follows two South African fans as they seek to discover the mystery behind the Sugar Man.

Nick MacWilliam

Film Details

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Country: Sweden, United States
Production Year: 2012
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Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Director Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist
Country Brazil, United States
Production Year 2016
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Young Pelé (Leonardo Lima Carvalho) in Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s PELÉ BIRTH OF A LEGEND. Courtesy of Ique Esteves
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Young Pelé (Leonardo Lima Carvalho) in Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s PELÉ BIRTH OF A LEGEND. Courtesy of Ique Esteves
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Pelé (Kevin de Paula) in Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND. Courtesy of Ique Esteves.
Synopsis

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.


Film Details

Director: Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist
Country: Brazil, United States
Genre: Biopic
Writer: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Producer: Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth, Isabelle Tanugi, Colin Wilson, Brian Grazer
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 107
4

Desierto

Director Jonas Cuaron
Country France, Mexico
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Tackling the ever timely issue of immigration, the younger Cuarón’s Desierto takes that one crossing-the-border plot line from Babel, adds in a ruthless minuteman (Watchmen‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and for good measure, gives us Gael García Bernal in full-on survival mode. When a group of Mexicans try to cross over into the United States, they are forced to face a rifle-toting vigilante who’s intent on putting a bullet in them before they get any further along the border.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Jonas Cuaron
Country: France, Mexico
Genre: Thriller
Writer: Jonas Cuaron, Mateo Garcia
Producer: Jonas Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron, Charles Gillibert, Alfonso Cuaron, Alex Garcia
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 94
5

¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño?

Director Gustavo Loza
Country Mexico
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

This romantic comedy stars How To Get Away With Murder‘s Karla Souza, the reigning queen of Mexican box office. Taking a page out of Knocked Up¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? follows Maru, a young woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand at a wedding party. After tracking down the father, an immature young bachelor (the sexy Ricardo Abarca) who is most definitely a step down from what her wealthy parents had envisioned for the Maru, she decides to get married because, what could possibly go wrong, right?

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Gustavo Loza
Country: Mexico
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Writer: Gustavo Loza
Producer: Gustavo Loza, Mónica Lozano
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 105
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Bellas de Noche

Director María José Cuevas
Country Mexico
Production Year 2016
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'Bellas de noche' still courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
Bellas de Noche
'Bellas de noche'
Synopsis

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mexico’s burlesque culture was at its disco-era heyday. The clubs were filled with beautiful women who razzled and dazzled. Decades later, Beauties of the Night introduces us to five of those former showgirls who recount their lives in the spotlight and give us a glimpse of what they’re up to nowadays. Shot over eight years, María José Cuevas’s documentary is a thrilling look at these exotic dancers who continue to search for the love and adoration they got on stage all those years ago.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Beauties of the Night
Director: María José Cuevas
Country: Mexico
Genre: Documentary
Writer: María José Cuevas
Producer: María José Cuevas, Moisés Cosío, Gerardo Gatica, Christian Valdelièvre
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 91
7

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

Director Bobbito García
Country United States
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

In the 1990s, Robert “Bobbito” García and Adrian “Stretch” Bartos emerged as two of the most influential hip-hop DJs in American radio with their quirky, offbeat nightly radio hour The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on Columbia University’s WKCR. From 1990-98, the two friends gave savvy listeners their first taste of unsigned acts like Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, and Big Pun. Directed by Bobbito himself, Stretch and Bobbito delves into the deep friendship that drove the show, as well as the unlikely cult following they developed along the way.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details

Director: Bobbito García
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Writer: Bobbito García
Producer: Omar Acosta
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 90
8

Saneamento Básico, O Filme

Director Jorge Furtado
Country Brazil
Production Year 2007
Synopsis

A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul discovers their town lacks funding for a sewage system. The townspeople decide to make a short sci-fi monster movie about the problem in hopes of bringing awareness and getting the money to fix it.

 


Film Details
Basic Sanitation, the Movie
Director: Jorge Furtado
Country: Brazil
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Jorge Furtado
Producer: Zu Escobar
Production Year: 2007
Running Time: 112
9

Sabrás qué hacer conmigo

Director Katina Medina Mora
Country Mexico
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Charming photographer Nicolás and confident student Isabel’s eyes meet across a hospital corridor and a passionate love affair ensues. As self-assured as each of them initially appears to be, both have their own demons to fight. Nicolás is irritated by Isabel’s reticence, and Isabel, in turn, has to deal with his illness. The imaginatively structured melodrama highlights the process of getting to know someone as you fall in love.


Film Details
You Will Know What to Do with Me
Director: Katina Medina Mora
Country: Mexico
Genre: Drama
Writer: Emma Bertrán, Samara Ibrahim, Katina Medina Mora
Producer: Alberto Muffelmann, Gerardo Gatica
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 87
10

Residente

Director Rene Perez Joglar
Country Armenia, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Mongolia, Niger, China, Russia, United States
Production Year 2017
Synopsis

Intrigued by a DNA test he takes that reveals to him information about his ancestry, 24-time Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican rapper, founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13 and recipient of the Nobel Peace Summit Award, Rene Perez Joglar (AKA Residente), takes a trip around the world to learn about his family history and to record his new album. Directed by Residente himself, the doc tells his own story about how he started as a struggling art student to become a member of one of Latin America’s most influential rap groups and a social justice and political activist.

Kiko Martinez

Film Details

Director: Rene Perez Joglar
Country: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Mongolia, Niger, China, Russia, United States
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Marc de Beaufort
Production Year: 2017
Running Time: 90
11

Sin filtro

Director Nicolás López
Country Chile
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

This raucous Chilean comedy follows Pía (Paz Bascuñán), a woman who, after visiting a Chinese doctor to settle a pain in her chest, finds herself unable to filter her thoughts. Everything she would usually bottle up—her frustrations with her partner, with her boss, with strangers on the street—suddenly flows out of her. This being a comedy in the vein of Jim Carrey’s Liar, Liar, Pía soon finds out that while this newfound honesty is liberating, it also comes at a price.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
No Filter
Director: Nicolás López
Country: Chile
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Nicolás López, Diego Ayala
Producer: Miguel Asensio
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 100
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Fresh Dressed

Director Sacha Jenkins
Country United States
Production Year 2014
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Still from 'Fresh Dressed.' Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Synopsis

What exactly happened to the Armani suits, mink coats, and feathered hats of the Superfly era? When did urban fashion become synonymous with Pumas, Lee Jeans, and Kangols? These are the questions taken on by director Sacha Jenkins in Fresh Dressed, an in-depth look at the development of hip hop street fashion, including the inevitable role played by New York Latinos in its evolution. The result is a fascinating reflection on the cultural shifts that characterized urban America in the 1970s and 80s.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details

Director: Sacha Jenkins
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Writer: Sacha Jenkings
Producer: Marcus A. Clark
Production Year: 2014
Running Time: 90
13

Como agua para chocolate

Director Alfonso Arau
Country Mexico
Production Year 1992
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Still from the film version of 'Como agua para chocolate'
Synopsis

Based on the popular magical realist novel by Laura Esquivel, Como agua para chocolate (Like water for chocolate) is set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and its immediate aftermath. Tita is the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family, and is forbidden from marrying her true love Pedro, so that she may care for her aging mother. With little choice, Pedro opts to marry Tita’s sister Rosaura instead, but over decades of revolution, sickness, and family upheaval, their love remains unbroken.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details
Like Water for Chocolate
Director: Alfonso Arau
Country: Mexico
Genre: Drama
Writer: Laura Esquivel
Producer: Alfonso Arau
Production Year: 1992
Running Time: 123
14

Mr. Pig

Director Diego Luna
Country Mexico
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Eubanks (Danny Glover), an old-school pig farmer from Georgia on the brink of losing his family farm, sets off on a road trip with Howard, his beloved and very large pig. As they make their way across the border to Mexico to find “Howie” a new home, Eubanks’ drinking and deteriorating health begin to take a toll, derailing their plans. His estranged daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), is forced to join them on their adventure. Driven by strong convictions and stubbornness in his old ways, Eubanks attempts to make peace through his devotion to Howie and desire to mend his broken relationships.


Film Details

Director: Diego Luna
Country: Mexico
Genre: Drama
Writer: Diego Luna, Augusto Mendoza
Producer: Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 92
15

Aquarius

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho
Country France, Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Clara (a luminous Sonia Braga) is the last resident of the Aquarius, an classic art deco building built in Recife’s upper-class Boa Viagem Avenue. Despite being offered a good deal for her apartment by developers, this spry 65-year old is not ready to part from the place she’s made her home and where she raised her children. The construction company, which is intent on building a New Aquarius, begins implementing increasingly aggressive methods to get the former music critic to sell. But all this drama creates for Clara is a renewed sense of vigor that pushes her to think back to her life lived and to embrace her her present-day vitality.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Country: France, Brazil
Writer: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd, Emilie Lesclaux, Michel Merkt
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 142
16

Ixcanul

Director Jayro Bustamante
Country Guatemala
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Filmed almost entirely in the Kaqchikel dialect spoken in Guatemala’s coffee-growing highlands, Ixcanul dramatizes the story of María, a young Mayan woman who is promised to the coffee plantation foreman, despite her desire for a lowly coffee cutter named Pepe. Dreaming of absconding with Pepe to a romanticized vision of the United States, María eventually has the encounter with modernity she so yearned for, but not for the reasons she had hoped. In addition to the impressive naturalistic performances from the film’s non-professional cast, Ixcanul’s visuals are extremely powerful, with radiant bronze skin tones, textured interiors, and the requisite breathtaking landscapes.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details

Director: Jayro Bustamante
Country: Guatemala
Genre: Drama
Writer: Jayro Bustamante
Producer: Pilar Peredo, Jayro Bustamante, Edgard Tenembaum, Marina Peralta
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 93
17

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
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Betting on Zero

Director Ted Braun
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

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?


Film Details

Director: Ted Braun
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary
Producer: Devin Adair, Glen Zipper
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 98
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O menino e o mundo

Director Alê Abreu
Country Brazil
Production Year 2013
Synopsis

This modern-day fable follows the adventures of a young boy who leaves his small village after the death of his father only to find himself immersed in a chaotic and often confusing modern world filled with strange creatures, fantastic machines and giant, impersonal monuments to human progress. Filled with idiosyncratic plays on perspective and employing a variety of techniques — including collages pasted alongside the thick, waxy lines of Crayola crayons — O menino e o mundo feels like stepping into the imagination of a child set to a joyous samba soundtrack. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details
The Boy and the World
Director: Alê Abreu
Country: Brazil
Genre: Animation
Writer: Alê Abreu
Producer: Fernanda Carvalho, Tita Tessler
Production Year: 2013
Running Time: 80
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Zoom

Director Pedro Morelli
Country Brazil
Production Year 2015
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Synopsis

Grab a pencil and paper and imagine your ideal man. Start drawing the shape of his face, then fill in the hair, eyes, nose; now move down to the arms and torso. Is he starting to look like Gael García Bernal? That’s the premise of a new film by Brazilian director Pedro Morelli, who is perhaps best known for his previous father-son directorial outing, Entre Nós. In Zoom, the artist in question is a young lady who happens to work at a sex doll factory and moonlights as a comic book artist. When she’s disappointed by a breast augmentation surgery, and her boyfriends reaction to her new bosom, she starts doodling her way to her ideal man, bestowing him with some exceptionally large loins before erasing and reducing them to a minuscule stump. In the cartoon world that Gael García Bernal’s character inhabits, this sudden and unexplained reduction in his manly vigor sets off a creative crisis just as he is filming his latest feature.


Film Details

Director: Pedro Morelli
Country: Brazil
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 96
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Coco

Director Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Country United States
Production Year 2017
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'Coco' still courtesy of Disney-Pixar
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'Coco' still courtesy of Disney-Pixar
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'Coco' still courtesy of Disney-Pixar
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'Coco' still courtesy of Disney-Pixar
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'Coco' still courtesy of Disney-Pixar
Synopsis

Miguel has always wanted to pursue his passion for music. But his family, especially his Abuelita, is against it. Music has been banned in their household for generations. But this year’s during Día de Muertos, he decides to go ahead and join a talent show. Yet when he steals an old guitar from Ernesto de la Cruz, a legendary singer who may well be his ancestor, he crosses over into the Land of the Dead where he’ll have to earn his family’s blessing before traveling back. Pixar’s colorful celebration of the Day of the Dead quickly becomes a rollicking adventure through a world filled with skeletal ancestors, brightly-tinged alebrijes, and a trusty trickster by the name of Hector (Gael García Bernal).

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Country: United States
Genre: Family, Animation
Writer: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Production Year: 2017
Running Time: 105
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Americano

Director Ricardo Arnaiz
Country United States
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

A young Mexican parrot, who admires the TV crime-fighting superhero El Americano, would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his idol than help with chores at his family’s circus. Yet when a gang of birds threatens his father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in the fight to defend his family only to discover the true hero within himself.


Film Details

Director: Ricardo Arnaiz
Country: United States
Genre: Animation
Writer: Richard Pursel, Juanjo Bargues
Producer: Vero Arceo, Ricardo Arnaiz, Gerry Cardoso, Michael D. Olmos
Production Year: 2016
Running Time: 98
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Latin History for Morons

Director Aram Rappaport
Country United States
Production Year 2018
Synopsis

This hilarious and educational special is a taped performance of John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. The one-man show from the Colombian comedian began as a small production at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2016. It then moved east and opened Off-Broadway at the Public before it went on to have its Tony-nominated run on Broadway. As its title implies, Leguizamo’s latest is all about unearthing the long-storied legacy of Latinos all throughout the continent. Prompted by his son’s school project on historical heroes, Leguizamo launches into a lecture about the many Latino military heroes who have served in the United States army, placing those contributions alongside breakthroughs that we owe to the Aztecs, Mayans, and Taínos. The entire show is a reminder that, despite what US history textbooks and mainstream media (let alone xenophobic and racist politicians) may tell you, Latinos have long been a central part of the United States.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director: Aram Rappaport
Country: United States
Genre: Comedy Special
Writer: John Leguizamo
Production Year: 2018
Running Time: 90
24

También la lluvia

Director Icíar Bollaín
Country France, Spain, Mexico
Production Year 2010
Synopsis

Spain’s entry for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Y también la lluvia centers around the making of a grand historical epic about Christopher Columbus’s first journey to the New World and the subsequent rebellion he faced by an indigenous group led by Hatuey. Opting to lower his costs, director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his production head to Bolivia where they’re able to pay extras a measly $2 a day. Once he discovers the young man he’s cast as Hatuey is involved in the protests against the Bolivian government’s decision to privatize the country’s water, Sebastián realizes his film may not survive this twentieth century uprising. Shot with the scope of an epic historical drama, Icíar Bollaín’s film is an urgent reminder of how little has changed in 500 years when it comes to indigenous populations in the Americas.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Even the Rain
Director: Icíar Bollaín
Country: France, Spain, Mexico
Genre: Drama
Writer: Paul Laverty
Producer: Eric Altmayer, Emma Lustres, Juan Gordon, Mónica Lozano
Production Year: 2010
Running Time: 103
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Almacenados

Director Jack Zagha Kababie
Country Mexico
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

An employee about to retire and the young man who is to take over share five days on a work site, an enormous empty warehouse where apparently nothing ever happens.


Film Details
Warehoused
Director: Jack Zagha Kababie
Country: Mexico
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Writer: David Desola
Production Year: 2015
Running Time: 93