Dolores- MKE Film Fest

Dolores, directed by Peter Bratt, is a documentary exploring the life of Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most important labor activists.

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, announced the return of Cine Sin Fronteras, after the program’s successful launch last year. The program showcases the Latinx diaspora from around the world, and has grown to include seven feature films and the new shorts program CSF Shorts: Menos es Más.

The films come from eight different countries and include Carpinteros (Woodpeckers), the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival; Chavela, a portrait documentary chronicling the career of singer Chavela Vargas; and Dolores, a documentary exploring the life of one of America’s most important labor activists.

“We are excited for another year of showing the untold stories of our local Chicanx/Latinx and immigrant communities through the beauty of film,” said Jeanette Martín, Cine Sin Fronteras co-programmer. “From the male-dominated world of Mexican rancheras to the labor movement, films like Chavela and Dolores give us an opportunity to uplift our own local stories of women who have been in the front lines of community mobilization and transformation.”

Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) - MKE Film Fest 2017

Carpinteros (Woodpeckers), directed by José María Cabral, was the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

“This year's films are all about passion,” said Claudia Guzmán, Cine Sin Fronteras co-programmer. “They're about people with dreams and the perseverance to pursue them: Dolores Huerta organizing the farmworkers' movement, Chavela Vargas and the Divinas Divas challenging gender norms in the performance arts, the Carpinteros falling in love without language, and Esteban, who learned to play piano when he was supposed to be helping his mother sell sundries on the street.”

A Cine Sin Fronteras kickoff party, presented by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, takes place Sept. 21. The event is free and open to the public. Noche de Nostalgia, a tribute party to Chavela Vargas featuring a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club, takes place during the festival on Oct. 6. Both events happen at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

The Cine Sin Fronteras program is sponsored by Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and Telemundo Wisconsin.

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival takes place at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, Times Cinema, and Avalon Theater from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12. Festival passes and ticket 6-Packs are available at

The films in the 2017 Cine Sin Fronteras program include Carpinteros (Woodpeckers), directed by José María Cabral; Chavela, directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi; Divinas Divas, directed by Leandra Leal; Dolores, directed by Peter Bratt; Esteban, directed by Jonal Cosculluela; Extra Terrestres, directed by Carla Cavina; and El Sueño de Mara'akame, directed by Federico Cecchetti.

The program also includes CSF Shorts: Menos es Más, which features El Buzo, directed by Esteban Arrangoiz; Hermanas En Ruedas, directed by Amberly Alene Ellis; Leche, directed by Gabriella A. Moses; La Madre Buena, directed by Sarah Clift; El Maquinador, directed by Pablo Latorre; Otro Corto, directed by Heixan Robles; and Undesirables, directed by Angela Rosales Challis.

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