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Media has been used in modern day storytelling for over a 100 years. From the photograph to the moving image, people have utilized imagery to convey ideas and stories. At the Esperanza, we believe that films help introduce audience members to complex issues such as migration, queerness, disability, and indigenous identities, including the “OUT at the Movies” Latino LGBT film program at the Guadalupe’s annual CineFestival. Screenings are followed by community dialogues.
The Esperanza has showcased films by various directors, both local and international, including: Alberto Cortés, Annemarie Jacir, Aurora Guerrero, Bahman Ghobadi, Bennett Singer, Carlos Carrera, Cathy Henkel, Daniele Basilio and Paola Zaccaria, David Zeiger, Deborah Dickson, Diana Ferrero, Elle Flanders, Ellie Lee, Eran Riklis, Fernando Lopez Escriva, Hanna Elias, Hernán Vilchez, Itzel Martinez, James Bridges, Kelly Anderson, Keten Mehta, Laleh Khadivi, LisaGay Hamilton, Lourdes Portillo, Lucia Puenzo, Majid Majidi, Marie France Collard, Micha X. Peled, Mike Nichols, Mohammad Bakri, Mohammed Alatar, Monica Palazzo, Niki Caro, Raul Fuentes, Riad Bahhur, Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz, Sanjay Rawal, Saul Landau, Saverio Costanzo, Sharon Rutter, Sut Jhally, Tami Gold, Tracey Deer, Vitor Leiti, Ya’ke Smith, Yamina Bachir-Chouikha, and many more!
Through features, documentaries, and animated films beyond mainstream cinema the Esperanza and our audience can engage stimulating conversations with the filmmaker as well as amongst ourselves. Over the years the Esperanza has helped facilitate some of those conversations through the use of thematic festivals or curated film series. The following are three of our most well known film projects.