Latino Films at Tribeca
Latino Films at Tribeca

If you are like me (and every other Latino) you are sick of seeing movies where the people that look like us are only maids, janitors, undocumented immigrants or drug dealers. The Latino experience is so much more complex; it spans continents, languages, and cultures. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, running April 16 – 27, is filled with films that offer diverse portraits of Latinos (including a few requisite drug traffickers).

There are stories about New Yorkers searching for love, a black-and-white ode to slackers set during a Mexico City student strike, a divorced Miami chef who buys a food truck (his ex-wife is played by Sofia Vergara), a Venezuelan kid who’s obsessed with having straight hair, a naive Afro-Colombian teen who gets caught up in drug smuggling (produced by Spike Lee), plus documentaries on transgender youth in Puerto Rico, Diego Maradona, soccer during the Chilean dictatorship, and the Argentinian pretty-boy boxer Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

Amidst the screenings are celebrities, red carpets, film talks, and immersive transmedia experiences complete with virtual reality goggles. Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, John Leguizamo, and lots of the directors are scheduled to appear.

Ticket prices aren’t cheap. (Do they have a minority scholarship?) But this year, thanks to a corporate sponsor that shall go unnamed all screenings on Friday, April 25 are FREE! To help you plan your movie marathon staycation here’s a list of all the Latino movies and events at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.


Tribeca Film Festival: Manos Sucias

Thursday, April 17th from 6:45pm to 8:45pm at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea
Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, ‘Jacobo,’ a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive teen, embark on a...

Tribeca Film Festival: Gueros

Thursday, April 17th from 9:00pm to 11:00pm at AMC Loews Village 7
A water balloon suddenly dropping from the sky exploding on a mother’s head in the frantic first moments of this striking debut feature, announces...

Tribeca Film Festival: Mala Mala

Saturday, April 19th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Bow Ties Cinema Chelsea
Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ vibrant and visually striking immersion in the transgender community of Puerto Rico celebrates the breadth of...

Tribeca Film Festival: Maravilla

Saturday, April 19th from 8:30pm to 10:30pm at AMC Loews Village 7
A true underdog story, Maravilla follows Argentinian boxer Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, as he sets out to reclaim the title of Middleweight...

Tribeca Film Festival: X/Y Saturday, April 19th from 9:30pm to 11:30pm at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Ryan Piers Williams directs and stars alongside America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Melonie Diaz in a character-driven drama centered around four...

Tribeca Film Festival: Bad Hair (Pelo Malo)

Sunday, April 20th from 9:00pm to 11:00pm at AMC Loews Village 7
Junior, a nine-year-old living in Caracas, wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair to look like a singer for his school photo—a...

Tribeca Film Festival: Chef

Tuesday, April 22nd from 9:30pm to 11:30pm at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough of
After years of directing big-budget Hollywood fare, the Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau is returning to his indie roots. (He is the man we have to thank...

Tribeca Talks

Movie screening followed by a live conversation with notable actors and filmmakers.

Tribeca Film Festival: 30 For 30 Soccer Stories

Sunday, April 20th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at School Of Visual Arts
Soccer Stories features two films on South American futbol followed by a conversation with the filmmakers. The Opposition Directed by Ezra...

Tribeca Film Festival: Meet America Ferrera, Producer of X/Y

Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Apple Store (SoHo)
Indiewire has once again partnered with Apple to host the "Meet the Filmmaker Tribeca Talks Series," in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival....

Tribeca Film Festival: Food Chains

Saturday, April 26th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at School Of Visual Arts
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant...

Tribeca Film Festival: 30 For 30 Soccer Stories

Saturday, April 26th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Tribeca Cinemas
Soccer Stories features two films on South American futbol followed by a conversation with the filmmakers. The Opposition Directed by Ezra...

Immersive Art Exhibits

Tribeca Film Festival: Use of Force

Wednesday, April 23rd to Saturday, April 26th at Dune Studios
A fully immersive transmedia documentary experience that puts you on scene when migrant Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was killed by border patrol on the...

Short Films

Tribeca Film Festival: Contrapelo

Friday, April 18th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at AMC Loews Village 7
The story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave the leader of a drug cartel. By the end of the shave, the Barber will find out that he and...

Tribeca Film Festival: Tinto

Saturday, April 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at AMC Loews Village 7
A young woman who seeks comfort journeys to the mountainous wine country of Chile in an attempt to reconnect with her estranged mother. Screening...

Tribeca Film Festival: La Carnada

Thursday, April 17th from 10:00pm to 11:45pm at AMC Loews Village 7
13-year-old Manny from Tijuana embarks on his first drug smuggle across the 'Devil’s Highway,' a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the...