The ninth Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival showcasing works from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and the U.S., opens Friday at the Alamo Drafthouse with “Ruta Madre,” a dramedy about a singer who leaves his home in San Diego for an epic road trip through Baja in which he reconnects with his Mexican roots.
Running through Sept. 30 in Oakland, Berkeley and Marin as well as The City, the festival includes 24 features, 40 shorts and 10 documentaries, with many local and international filmmakers slated to attend.
Among the offerings with local connections is “The Search,” a 24-minute documentary by UC Berkeley-trained photojournalist Melina Tupa about a woman’s 37-year search for her grandson following her pregnant daughter’s abduction in 1977 during the Argentinean Dirty War; the movie screens at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Opera Plaza.
“The Swan,” by Stanford graduate Daniel Chavez Ontiveros, tells the story of a Mexican trans woman who, after living in the U.S. for six years, prepares for a trip home to Hidalgo to confront her parents about her gender identity. Part of the “Love is Love is Love” LGBT shorts program, it screens at screens at 3 p..m. Saturday at the Opera Plaza,
“The Third Root,” a documentary about the musical journey of Mexican guitarist Camilo Nu, who searches for the roots of the traditional music of Veracruz known as Son Jarocho, is directed by Nu and Reed Rickert, a former student at California College of the Arts in The City; it screens at 5:10 p.m. Sunday at the Opera Plaza.
“Voices Beyond the Wall,” a film by Brad Coley (produced by James Franco) is a documentary capturing the interactions of an American poet and his class of teen girls at a Honduran orphanage; it screens at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Roxie.
IF YOU GO
Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival
Where: Alamo Drafthouse, Roxie Theater, Opera Plaza, in SF; and in Berkeley, Oakland and Marin
When: Sept. 15 through Sept. 30
Tickets: $13 for most screenings
Note: Opening night at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F