The New York International Latino Film Festival Friday Spotlight



Shantas is a young delinquent living in a sheet-metal house in one of the biggest shantytowns of Argentina, surviving via petty theft. But Shantas is not a simple thief. Within him flows a spiritual force that he barely understands but that pushes him ahead with the full conviction that a part of him is immortal. In a world filled with violence and social inequality, he faces the dangers not only with his gun, but also with the strong belief that nobody can kill him.



When their daughter runs away, America’s abusive lover unleashes his rage against her. Fleeing her home in the Caribbean, America escapes to New York City hoping for a new life. There she works as a nanny for a wealthy family. She befriends three nannies — a Mexican, a Colombian and a Dominican –and with their help, as well as support from relatives in the Bronx, America is determined to bring her daughter back to her. But as she dares to dream of a life without violence, reality hunts her down.



When a volcanic eruption devastates the Caribbean island of Montserrat, three Rastafarian friends are evacuated to London. Feeling worlds away from their Rasta farming community, Lyndon, Shaka and Elroy reinvent themselves as “rude-boy” rappers and small time hustlers on the East End club circuit. Each finds himself torn between enjoying the thrills of the city and remaining committed to Rastafari ideals.



Upon taking her vows to become a nun, Sister Sarah is abused, brainwashed and drugged into submission by the corrupt clergy. On the verge of death, she receives a message from God, telling her to take vengeance on all those who did her wrong. Armed with God’s will and an arsenal of big guns, she dispenses Judgment Day on her former tormentors. When the church hires the merciless motorcycle gang the “Los Muertos” to track down and kill her, they soon realize that this sister is one bad mother!

Check out the full NYILFF schedule for the rest of the amazing films being showcased at this trailblazing festival.

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