The 2023 GuadaLAjara Film Festival comes to downtown Los Angeles Nov. 1 – Nov. 3rd, with several queer-inclusive Spanish-language films like “Todos los Incendios” and “Kenya.”
“Todos los Incendios” (screening Nov. 1) hails from Colectivo Colmena, a group of talented Mexican filmmakers. In it, a young man plays with fire as he grapples with family, loss and passions he and his friends can neither define nor dominate — but that society has already told them are taboo.
“Kenya” (screening Nov. 3) a Mexican documentary from director Gisela Delgadillo, provides a quietly powerful and intimate look at a few days in the life of a group of trans women lovingly organizing a dignified end of life celebration for a murdered friend, as well as fighting for her killer to be arrested.
Other programming during the 3-day festival includes the closing night film, “Maestra,” a documentary about female orchestra conductors. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the work of honoree and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta. Renowned cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Barbie) who also will co-conduct a Master Class Nov. 2.