Elena- Brazil- Dir. Petra Costa 2012 87 Minutes
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood and years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an aspiring actress, goes to New York searching for her. She hopes to find her walking in the streets. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.
Balboa Theater/SF 6/7 9PM
Roxie Theater/SF 6/9 7PM & 6/10 9PM
Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart- USA- Dir. Bill Yahraus 2012 89 Minutes
Every weekend, at rodeos from Illinois to California, teams of young Mexican-American women, escaramuzas charras, climb onto sidesaddles and weave their galloping horses through high-speed ballets, as heartstopping as the revolutionary-era skirmishes for which they’re named. The documentary follows one such team, Las Azaleas, on their quest to represent California and the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where to be Charro is to be Mexican.
Roxie Theater/SF 6/9 5PM & 6/20 7PM
Rio Theater-Santa Cruz 6/22 5PM