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San Miguel Film Festival

By Cindy Norman

Now in its second year, the San Miguel Film Festival is back in town. The films showcased seek to enhance our understanding of ourselves and others; other people, other communities, other circumstances. The chosen features, documentaries and shorts have won numerous awards from festivals around the world and have been chosen for their inspiring content.

San Miguel Film Festival
January Series

Fri-Sat, Jan 18-26, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
70 pesos or 420 pesos for all 7 films,

The Friday, January 18, opening night film, Kumaré, is about an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of disciples in the West. But Kumaré is not real. He is an American filmmaker.

Saturday’s film, Redemption Road — a film filled with fantastic music — is a story about two seemingly different men embarking on a journey through the American South, learning along the way that life isn’t about where you end up — it’s how you get there that matters.

Monday’s film is Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What. Is it possible that some people can read your mind? Why is it that some people can cure themselves of a deadly cancer? How do we explain this? Where is the boundary between ‘real’ powers and fraud? Can these miracles of the mind be explained?

Wednesday’s Love Free Or Die is a documentary about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner, Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay bishop to be ordained. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir.

Thursday is a lively night of award-winning short films — the best way to see movies! Six films, which are all funny, unusual, dramatic, heart-warming or otherwise beautifully crafted and compact.

Friday’s Little Zizou is a comedy for audiences of all ages. It is the rambunctious and moving story of how two battling Bombay families finally come to terms, showing the necessity of love and the possibility of grace.

Saturday’s closing night film is The World Unseen, an historical drama set in 1950s Cape Town during the beginning of apartheid. The film starts as two women fall in love in a racist, sexist and homophobic society. This bold film takes on God, race, segregation, faith, marriage and gay and women’s rights.

We hope you extend your generous support to us and our sponsors. There are a number of restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses offering up to a 15 percent discount for ticket holders until the end of the February festival. That includes Valentine’s Day! Please be sure to take full advantage of these offers.


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