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San Francisco’s Latino Film Festival Kicks Off

By Bianca D.   

Cinephiles rejoice! It’s time for the 7th Annual San Francisco Latino Film Festival!

Each year the festival brings fabulous films AND equally great parties with local bands.

Get your dancing shoes ready! This year, the official afterparty is going to feature Bang Data, Héctor Guerra, Boca Floja, and DJ Julicio. We don’t expect the City to cool down any time soon with all these great musicians pumping us up with their music.

Here’s a bit of what you can expect from these guys:

1. Bang Data
Bang Data is no stranger to the Bay Area given that the group has performed with acts such as Calle 13, Cafe Tacvba, Ozomatli, Zion I, Natalia Lafourcade, Enanitos Verdes, Panteon Rococo, Chico Trujillo & Kinky. Their music is loaded with heavy grooves, Samba-Ska-Cumbia and hints of Afro-Electro- Bossanova. This mix of beats, rhymes and melodies are infused with soulful bilingual (English/Spanish) lyrics.

2. Bocafloja
Described as a poet, Rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador, and founder of the Quilomboarte collective, Aldo Villegas has quite a resumé. Bocafloja is recognized in Mexico as the pioneer of the utilization of hip hop culture as an alternative tool to create awareness, developing a different form for political participation that reaches and is more relevant to marginalized youth.

3. Héctor Guerra
This Bolivian/Spanish MC has his single “Fantasy” got picked as NPR’s Alt.Latino Favorite Latin Music Of 2014 next to Ana Tjoux and Jorge Drexler, but he didn’t stop there. He’ll be releasing a new album entitled “Gracias Por Existir” soon and with that will come a tour. Just last week, he released a song from his new album called, “Memorias de un Imigrante.”

4. DJ Julicio
In the US, he has opened for internationally recognized bands including: Cafe Tacuba, Ana Tijoux, Calle 13, Cultural Profetica, J Boog, Bayonics, Immortal Technique, J-Boogie, Dead Prez, Los Rakas, GhostFaceKillah, Pharoahe Monch, Camp Lo, Killah Priest, Funky C, Gondwana, and more. This year he plans to release an EP, currently in the works, and continue to perform in clubs all over San Francisco and the US.

Now with all of that good music out there, don’t forget to check out the schedule for the film festival:

  • Sept 18 7:30 pm – Brava Theater- OPENING NIGHT FILM
  • Sept 19-24 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm Roxie Theater on both screens Saturday-Sunday, Little Roxie screen Monday-Thursday
  • Sept 19-21 Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm on Sat/Sunday; 7 pm Monday
  • Sept 21 Deluxe – in San Jose. Horror Film Shorts & Art Crawl
  • Sept 22-23 7 pm Artists’ Television Access
  • Sept 24 7 pm Red Poppy Art House- Shorts Program 2: Lifestyles & Laughs
  • Sept 25 7 pm EastSide Cultural Center – Free community screening
  • Sept 26-27 & Oct 3 7 pm La Peña Cultural Center

Sidebar screenings:

  • Sept 10 School of Arts & Culture, San Jose- KQED screening of On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam
  • Sept 18 6:30 pm de Young Museum- Friday Nights at the de Young- Koret Auditorium

For tickets to the afterparty featuring Bang Data, Héctor Guerra, Boca Floja, and DJ Julicio on September 19th, check out Brick & Mortar’s website.

Author: Bohemia Staff

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