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Milwaukee Film Announces 2017 Cine Sin Fronteras Lineup

Milwaukee Film Announces 2017 Cine Sin Fronteras Lineup

By Livia Peterson

Milwaukee Film announced its Cine Sin Fronteras Program lineup yesterday, which will showcase various Latino narratives. There will also be a Cine Sin Fronteras Kickoff Party on Sept. 21. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, a tribute party to Chavela Vargas will take place during the festival, on Oct 6. Both events will be at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)

In the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison, two prisoners find love in spite of never saying a word due to each other due to their being separated by concrete, barbed wire, and hundreds of yards. Their romance blooms via sign language, and blossoms despite numerous obstacles in a unique, sensuous love story that was the first Dominican film to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival.


A lyrical documentary chronicling the career of legendary singer Chavela Vargas, who defied the male-dominated world of ranchera music and challenged gender norms.

CSF Shorts: Menos es Más

The short films telling a variety of stories from different perspectives.

  • El Buzo
  • Hermanas En Ruedas
  • Leche
  • La Madre Buena
  • El Maquinador
  • Otro Corto
  • Undesirables

Divinas Divas

In 1960s Brazil, the first generation of transvestite artists took the stage at The Rival Theatre, which was one of the first stages to host men dressed as women, and the performers became famed around the world. 50 years later, eight of the surviving divas reunite for one last performance.


In the 1950s, Dolores Huerta challenged gender norms by partnering with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez to fight for farmworkers. Eventually forced to leave the union she founded, she embraced feminism and continues to fight for racial, gender, and class justice today at the age of 87.


A young kid dreams of playing the piano and discovers a piano teacher with a secret in Havana, Cuba, who helps him pursue his passion for music despite his mother's opposition.

Extra Terrestres

Teresa, an astrophysicist, returns to Puerto Rico after seven years to reveal her impending nuptials to her traditional family, only to get pulled into her their dramas, which include a family business under siege from both the government and rival companies, and her sister's struggles with her precocious young son.

El Sueño de Mara’akame

A young native Huichol named Nieri sees his upcoming trip to Mexico City with his father as an opportunity to perform alongside his friends in their beloved rock band. However, his father, a Huichol shaman, plans to take his son on a spiritual journey so Nieri can follow in his footsteps.


The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival will take place at the Landmark Oriental Theatre (2230 North Farwell Avenue), Landmark Downer Theatre (2589 North Downer Avenue), Fox Bay Cinema Grill (334 East Silver Spring Drive), Times Cinema (5906 West Vliet Street), and Avalon Theatre (2473 South Kinnickinnic Avenue), from Thursday, September 28 to Thursday, October 12.

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