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Latino film in this year's Tribeca film festival

April 24, 2009 | 12:50 pm

There are a number of Latino-themed films in this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which runs from April 22nd to May 3rd (see information PDF on the festival website here).

Jonathan Hock's documentary follows the return of Luis Tiant, one of baseball's top pitcher's (Indians, Red Sox, Yanks and Angels, among others) to his homeland of Cuba for the first time in "The Lost Son of Havana."

"Entre Nos" (Between Us), by directors/screenwrite

rs Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza, tells the story of mother Mariana (played by Mendoza), who brings her two children from Colombia to New York. But when her husband abruptly abandons the family, she has to depend on herself and her two kids to survive insurmountable odds during their first summer in the United States.

El Niño Pez (Fish Child) is the sophomore effort from director Lucía Puenzo's Cannes winner and debut "XXY"

"Likened to a bold Argentine 'Thelma and Louise,' Lucía Puenzo's follow-up to her Cannes winner 'XXY' wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller. When an upper-class Argentine falls for her family's sultry Paraguayan maid, the two make plans to run away together, but their hope for escape is derailed when shocking secrets become unveiled." (Tribeca Film Festival website).

José Padilha of Brazil follows up his Golden Bear-winning "Elite Squad" with "Garapa," an unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families.

"At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis," says Tribeca's website about the film. No trailer available.

"Only When I Dance," directed by Beadie Finzi, is a documentary that tells the story of two teenage ballet dancers from the working-class favelas of Rio who are determined to dance their way to better lives. Watch the trailer here.

In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his 9-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. "P-Star Rising" is a documentary directed by Gabriel Noble (see his personal website here).

"Rudo and Cursi", a fictional feature starring Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as soccer-playing siblings, and directed by Carlos Cuarón, is also in the Tribeca running this year. It's the actors first joint on-screen appearance since the Cuarón-authored "Y Tu Mamá También."

Finally, the documentary "Which Way Home," directed by Rebecca Cammisa, follows three unaccompanied children on their journeys away from homes in Latin America and through Mexico with the aim of reaching the United States, where they can either reunite with their own families who made the journey before them, or create new lives for themselves. No trailer available.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City