New Raza Cósmica Film Series To Showcase Latinx Sci-Fi In Free Screenings In San Antonio | Activities | San Antonio


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  • “Chicana Stardust” by Benjamin Huerta and Itamar Lilienthal will be on the program of a short film program presented at Mission Marquee Plaza on October 9th.

After a year of delay due to the pandemic, a new series of sci-fi films is finally arriving to land in the town of Alamo.

The first series of screenings from the film programming organization MonteVideo, Raza Cósmica: A Constellation of Classic and Contemporary Latin Sci-Fi will feature four screenings throughout October, featuring 10 films and 12 filmmakers, including San Antonio natives Miguel Alvarez and Grace Goen.

Two screenings will take place in the open air and two in the form of virtual events.

Raza Cosmica is presented by MonteVideo and Presa House Gallery, with local partners including the Latino Collection and the Central Library and Mission Marquee Plaza Resource Center.

The series kicks off on Saturday October 9 with a selection of short films coupled with a live episode of the podcast Xicanx against aliens at Mission Marquee Plaza (7 p.m., 3100 Roosevelt Avenue, presahouse.com). For the podcast, host Joaquín Muerte will be joined by actor Rupert Reyes.

Also on deck, short films such as “Windows” by Maru Buendia-Senties, “Les gliders d’Arco-do-Santi” by Jaime Cano and “Chicana Stardust” by Benjamin Huerta and Itamar Lilienthal.

The following week, the homebody can enjoy two virtual screenings presented in partnership with the Latino Collection and Resource Center at the Central Library. The classic Argentinian thriller Moebius will be presented on Tuesday, October 12, with the short film “La luna y el colibrí” by Luis Fernando Puente (6 p.m., mysapl.org). The online event will also include a directors’ conference between Puente and Moebius‘Gustavo Mosquera. Both films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. The conference will be in Spanish.

In the aftermath, a screening of the critically acclaimed film by Alfonso Cuarón Children of men, preceded by the short film “Retain” by the filmmaker from San Antonio Goen (6 p.m., mysapl.org).

Registration is compulsory for both virtual screenings.

Raza Cosmica ends with a final outdoor screening at Cassiano Park on Saturday 23 October, the 2008 film by Alex Rivera Sleep merchant (7 p.m., 1728 Potosi St., presahouse.com). Rivera and his wife Cristina Ibarra have recently been awarded prestigious MacArthur Scholarships, becoming the first married couple to win the scholarships in the same year.

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