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From Danny Trejo to Ricardo Darín: 12 Must-See Movies at the Chicago Latino Film Festival

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Written by Manuel Betancourt

The poster for the upcoming 34th edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival speaks volumes. Designed by Jorge Pomareda, the graphic shows a wall (presumably at the US-Mexico border) having been cracked open by a road paved with film. “I used the visual metaphor of a filmstrip breaking through these natural and man-made barriers in order to connect cultures,” he shared. That’s as perfect a message for this long-running film fest as any. Current rhetoric and politics cannot match the power of cinematic storytelling and this year’s CLFF has rounded up a list of programs that hope to build bridges and break down walls. In fact, its Closing Night film (the Ricardo Darín starrer La cordillera) is set at a Latin American summit while its Opening Night event (Raúl Marchand Sánchez’s Broche De Oro: Comienzos) is set to celebrate Puerto Rico in all its glory.

With over 100 films being screened over two weeks, we know it’s hard to see everything. So we’ve come up with a dozen titles that merely scratch the surface of what’s on offer. But whether you’re looking for a Danny Trejo slasher pic, a cross-cultural rom-com, or an animated feminist flick, CLFF has you covered. Check out our top picks by following the link below.

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