Cinema Tropical winner for Best Film, Zama

Starting on Feb.1, The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Astoria will be showcasing some of the best of Latin American cinema with the Cinema Tropical festival.

The festival will run until Feb. 3, featuring the winners of the ninth annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which honors the artistic excellence of contemporary Latin America cinema as it is often overlooked in the mainstream cinematic world of the United States.

This year’s program includes Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” Juliana Antunes’ “Baronesa,” Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra’s “Good Manners,” and special Q&A screenings of Rudy Valdez’ “The Sentence” and Jonathan and Elan Bogarin’s “306 Hollywood.”

The program this year is trying to highlight the opening night screening of Rudy Valdez’ HBO documentary, “The Sentence.” The film explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of the director’s older sister, Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a drug ring in Michigan.

Along with the screening, Valdez will host a Q&A session.

For more information about the films, screenings and tickets click here. If prospective viewers use the promo code CT2019 than can get a 20 percent discount on tickets to any Cinema Tropical Festival film.

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