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SAVE THE DATES: June 27 & 28

For The 2nd Annual 
Viva Cinema Latino Film Festival
Mattatuck Museum on the town green in Waterbury CT
Short and feature films all day Friday and Saturday.


Featured New England Premieres:

Opening Night Premiere & After Party
7:00pm Friday June 27
11 International Awards!

"Pelo Malo" (Bad Hair)  

Junior is nine years old and has stubbornly curly hair, or "bad hair." He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother MARTA, a young, unemployed widow.


Marta, Junior and the baby brother live in a large multi-family building.

Marta, overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas,

finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior's fixation with his looks. The

more JUNIOR tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him.


His paternal grandmother, a witness to his rejection, asks Marta to give her

the boy so that he can look after her. Marta refuses and tries to correct her son's obsession by "setting an example," a cruel moment which was meant to be a lesson. Junior finds himself cornered, face to face with a painful decision. Trailer  Premiere After Party immediately following the screening compliments of Michael Bick's Some Things Fishy Catering, Zevia Soda and Thomas Hooker Beer



Saturday Night Premiere & After Party

7:00pm Saturday June 28

"Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War"


  An extraordinary rap duo is sweeping the Cuban underground with their urgent lyrics about the dire economic and political state of their beloved country.

Los Aldeanos AL-DEE-ANOS is a duo that is heralded as the voice of the lost generation.


They are banned from performing in all official concert halls or venues, their music is distributed solely by hand, in total secrecy for fear government persecution.


They perform in make-shift venues and promote the concerts only hours before they actually perform, still managing to gather crowds in the thousands.


Risking his freedom and his life, director Jesse Acevedo, with guerrilla methods and hidden cameras, takes the viewer inside the new revolution brewing within Cuba. Ever fearful of reprisal, the identities of the crew are kept secret. Those who do speak out are at great risk of imprisonment.


Will Los Aldeanos be the lost voice of a lost generation, or are they the sound of the future, readying an entire country for change and a new Cuba? Trailer


Reception immediately following the screening with an array of beverages (alcholic and non-alcoholic) and desserts compliments of Zevia SodaThomas Hooker Beer, The Mattatuck Museum and The Connecticut Film Festival


Disappearances - Shorts Program 12:00 - 1:15pm 

One Foot In The Grave Shorts Program  1:30 - 2:45pm


At Work & Unclassified - Shorts Program  3:00 - 4:30pm


Comedy & Animation - Shorts Program 4:45 - 6:30pm


"Pelo Malo" Premiere Feature & After Party - 7:00 - 9:30pm


Schedule For Saturday June 28


Family & Children's - Shorts Film Program 10:30 - 11:15am

Awkward & Existential Moments - Shorts Program  12:00 - 1:15pm

Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Shorts Program  1:30 - 2:45pm


"Immigrant Nation" Feature Documentary 3:00 - 4:30pm


Not So Happy Endings Shorts Program  4:45 - 6:30pm


"Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War" Premiere Feature Documentary & Reception  7:00 - 9:30pm


Tickets & Passes: 

$7.00 Single film or shorts program before 6pm

$30.00 Day Pass (includes all films and eve premiere film and reception)

$25.00 Friday Premiere film and after party

$15.00 Saturday Premiere film and reception

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