“Unless a film is put in the white man’s context, it’s not significant; it’s a subtle kind of racism,” says XicanIndie Film Festival curator and filmmaker Daniel Salazar, speaking of movies about Latinos, such as Buena Vista Social Club, that feature white characters for white audiences to relate to. Most films at XicanIndie, which has brought cutting-edge Chicano and global Latino films to Denver audiences for sixteen years, refuse to do that.
In his tenth year as the festival’s curator, Salazar is collaborating with an international programming group called Encuentro Mundial de Cine, which provides films for screening at local festivals and hosts an international, live-streamed awards ceremony afterward.
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This year’s fest will focus on the Chicano movement and will feature a sixtieth-anniversary screening of the labor-themed Salt of the Earth. XicanIndie runs today through April 6 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets, $10, are available at suteatro.org or 303-296-0219.
April 3-6, 2014