Latinos in the Spotlight
Over-the-top "telenovelas" are watched the world over. But at Chicago's Latino Film Festival, moviemakers from across the
globe get a chance to show audiences the best of their craft.
Like many Latinos in the city, the
Chicago Latino Film Festival had humble beginnings. First held in 1985 with 14 movies projected on a concrete wall for an audience of a few hundred, the
festival has grown into one of the country's largest Latino movie festivals, screening dozens of films for crowds numbering
in the thousands.
Every year the festival continues to grow, showing movies from Iberia and from throughout Latin America. Throughout the year,
the film festival's parent organization, the
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, also provides cultural events that embrace all forms of Latino art, from dance and theatre to literature and music. All
images courtesy of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.
Check out some of the other film festivals that happen in Illinois every year: the
International Children's Film Festival and the
Festival for Cinema of the Deaf, both taking place in Chicago, the
Big Muddy Film Fest in Carbondale and the
Beyond Normal Film Fest in the city of Normal.