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7 ‘Cine Sin Fronteras’ Titles to See at the MKE Film Festival

Seven feature films and a series of shorts have been added to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Cine Sin Fronteras lineup this year.

Now celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Milwaukee Film festival seems to be getting bigger and better every year. Last year, it introduced Cine Sin Fronteras as a new program category. And this year, the festival expands on its offerings.

Cine Sin Fronteras shines a spotlight on work of the Latin diaspora – representing Latinx, Chicanx, Latin American, indigenous and Afro-Latinx communities.

The 2017 program includes seven feature films and a series of shorts titled Menos es Mas. Here’s the lineup, and details about each:

2017 Cine Sin Fronteras Lineup

Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)

Director: José María Cabral
Year: 2017
Running time: 1:47
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Love blooms even in unlikely places. In this case, the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. Two inmates use sign language to communicate across the hundreds of yards of concrete and wire that separates them.


Director: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Year: 2017
Running time: 1:30
Language: English/Spanish with English subtitles

Singer Chavela Vargas defied expectations – on and off the stage. This documentary charts her rise through the ranks of Mexico’s historically macho ranchera music scene.

Divinas Divas

Director: Leandra Leal
Year: 2016
Running time: 1:50
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

In the 1950s, a group of Brazilian drag queens gained an international following and inspired thousands after taking the stage at the Rival Theater. Fifty years later, eight of them return for a final cabaret – depicted in all its show-stopping glory in this documentary.


Director: Peter Bratt
Year: 2017
Running time: 1:35
Language: English

Dolores Huerta, who worked with Cesar Chavez to organize the first farmers’ unions, has been a lifelong champion of workers’ rights. This tribute to the activist icon, now in her late ‘80s, has been widely praised by film critics.


Director: Jonal Cosculluela
Year: 2016
Running time: 1:30
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Nine-year-old Esteban seizes an opportunity to change his life for the better when he meets a crotchety old piano teacher on the streets of Havana. Proof positive that hard work and perseverance really can pay off.  

Extra Terrestres

Director: Carla Cavina
Year: 2016
Running time: 1:50
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Astrophysicist Teresa finally works up the courage to tell her traditional Puerto Rican family that she’s gay, and engaged. Her declaration sparks a firestorm of family drama.

El Sueño Del Mara´Akame …

Director: Federico Cecchetti
Year: 2016
Running time: 1:30
Language: Spanish/Huichol with English subtitles

Aspiring rock musician Nieri has agreed to travel to Mexico City with his dad because he’s looking for gigs. His dad, however, is looking for something else. Modernity and indigeneity clash in this poignant coming-of-age story.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.