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2016, Gashouse Films, 73 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Maldonado

The place the characters of this involving drama call home is New York City, whose subways and multi-ethnic enclaves may seem disconnected but can inspire surprisingly meaningful encounters despite the communication barriers. Daniel Maldonado’s poetic feature debut is comprised of two interconnected stories; the first, inspired by true events, follows a young man with Asperger’s syndrome (Jeremy Ray Valdez) exploring New York’s underground labyrinth, while in the second, an Ecuadorian driver (Jesús Ochoa) offers a ride to a stranded Chinese mother (Angela Lin) desperate to get home to her sick child. Nominated for Best U.S. Latino Film at the 2017 Cinema Tropical Awards.

2011, La Banda Films/Cuevano Films, 95 min, Mexico, Dir: Patricia Martinez de Velasco

Rodolfo Guerra (Jesus Ochoa) is tired of being treated solely as the family breadwinner by his wife (Carmen Beato) and their three daughters, so he decides to spend some time away from work – and one day is all it takes to realize he is a stranger in his own home. As Rodolfo begins to pick away at the dishonesty (some of it his own) running through his middle-class family, the truth has unexpected consequences. This finely tuned comedy boasts several superb performances, and Ochoa won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Guadalajara Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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