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This Week in Cinema Tropical, November 4-11

New York City welcomes November with a richly varied repertoire of Caribbean and Latin American film ranging from documentaries to horror.

DOC NYC—America’s largest documentary festival—returns this year from Wednesday, November 6 to Friday, November 15. Cinema Tropical is pleased to co-present several featured documentaries starting with Nicole Costa‘s The Journey of Monalisa on Thursday. Profiling Chilean-born performer and writer Iván Monalisa, the film comments on his daily-life as an undocumented queer artist in the United States, working at the intersection of sex, drugs, and poetry—and ever on the quest for U.S. legalization.

Monalisa is followed by two music-focused features: Revolution Rent by Andy Señor Jr., and Los Últimos Frikis by Nicholas Brennan. Focusing on the tension raised by Rent the musical’s Cuban release and the 30th anniversary tour of the Cuban heavy metal band Los Últimos Frikis, the docs play on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The freshly renovated The Museum of Modern Art continues to feature early directorial works of Latin American directors, this week bringing New York audiences La Nana from Sebastián Silva. Commenting on the ever-present class divides of South American households, Silva’s second feature plays this Wednesday.

– ‘DOC NYC 2019’ Website
 ‘The Devil Probably: A Century of Satanic Panic’ Website
– The Maid Website
– ‘Some Other Lives of Time’ Website
– ‘Sings of Chaos: The Films of Rogério Sganzerla’ Website
– Secuestro: Story of a Kidnapping Website
– The Infiltrators Website
– Bacurau Website
– Selena Website

– The Condor & The Eagle Website
‘New York Short Film Festival’ Website
– Undocumented Website


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