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Miami Film Festival 2020

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The 37th Miami Film Festival is back this March 6 - 15th and running throughout various venues around Miami-Dade. The event is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American films, highlighting the work of the world’s best emerging and renowned filmmakers to Miami’s diverse community. Last year’s Miami Film Festival attracted 45,000+ attendees along with 300 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals from around the world. Major publications like VarietyThe Hollywood ReporterScreen and Indiewire attend to review of the films and cash awards totaling more than $150,000 are distributed in different competition categories.  

This year there are more than 125 different films ranging from narratives, documentaries and short films on display. Many have been created by local filmmakers or feature a Miami-centric theme. The festival will launch with a screening of “The Burnt Orange Heresy” and close with a documentary about the legacy of Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado which has been distributed by Netflix following the world premier at the Sundance Film Festival last month.  

Other locally focused highlights of the festival include (courtesy of The Miami Herald): 

▪ “Reefa,” director Jessica Kavana Dornbush’s recounting of the 2013 death of 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez after he was tasered by Miami Beach police officers.

▪ “Us Kids,” a documentary about the formation of the March For Our Lives movement spawned by the 2018 mass shooting that took the lives of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, directed by Kim A. Snyder.

▪ “When Liberty Burns,” director Dudley Alexis’ exploration of the 1980 Arthur McDuffie race riots and their lasting impact on Miami 40 years later.

▪ ”The Last Rafter,” a drama about a young Cuban refugee searching for his father in Miami while avoiding deportation, directed by Carlos Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega.

▪ ”Chateau Vato,” a made-in-Miami comedy about a working-class family (led by Paul Rodriguez) that moves into a vacant mansion after the death of its owner, written and directed by Tom Musca.

▪ ”Paper Children,” a documentary about four siblings from gang-ravaged Honduras who fled to the U.S. and embarked on the torturous U.S. asylum process, directed by Ali Codina.

▪ ”Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is,” a study of the remarkable career of the founder and artistic director of Miami’s New World Symphony, directed by Susan Froemke and Kirk Simon. 

With a meaty program and notable competitions awarding winners, the jam-packed week is sure to please audiences of all interests. We’ll see you there! 

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