Binational Independent Film Festival


Art of Directing: John Huston – John Huston: el arte de dirigir

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend answers questions like, “What is cinema?” as he reveals his thought processes in making great movie’s out of great novels, which happen to include: Moby Dick, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Red Badge of Courage, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, The Man Who Would be King, even Tennessee Williams’ Night of the Iguana. Emmy and Peabody award winning director/editor Allan Holzman interweaves Huston’s bold and daring movie gems of Mr. Huston’s masterful work with the master’s wisdom.


Etiqueta NO rigurosa – Etiquette: NOT required

Víctor and Fernando are stylists in the city of Mexicali, where they attend to the city’s high society. They decided to marry and become the first gay couple in the state to do so, fighting for their rights in a place filled with homophobia and inequality. Their case went all the way up to the Mexican Supreme Court, and even then the denials continued.


Me Llamaban King Tiger – They called me: King Tiger

June 1967: the Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, court was assaulted by armed men under the command of Chicano leader Reies López Tijerina. The result of such bold action was the greatest human hunt in the recent history of the United States. Tijerina managed to survive the prison, a psychiatric hospital, and several assassination attempts. The Chicano movement vanished, and everyone thought the same of Tijerina. People talk about him as a saint, an enlightened man, a man who used violence in search of a just cause. They called him King Tiger; however, King Tiger is alive and wants to tell his story.


El Paso, Documentary

This is a story about the families of those who for a time were our witnesses, our eyes and our voice, but when threatened, they had to leave Mexico and have been forced to live in exile in search of political asylum. This is not about how the pen is mightier than the sword but about invisible reporters who represent the most fragile link in the news chain and are now in a migratory limbo.



Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNÚ knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. This film documents how people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world where corn is being threatened at the center of its origin: Mexico.


Disturbing the Peace, Documentary

Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have come together to challenge the status quo and and say “enough”. The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists. It is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us, and with the power of our convictions take action to create a new possibility.


Closer to Bottom, Feature Film

Two brothers deal with the loss of their father, and while their lives intertwine and spiral out of control they both begin to fall in love for the same woman. Dealing with issues of loss, pain, family, and love the film delves into the real lives of individuals who must pull themselves out of their own suffering.


Dolores, Documentary

Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country’s first farmworkers union.



Country: México
Director: Francesco Taboada Tabone
Producer: Francesco Taboada Tabone
Screenplay: Francesco Taboada Tabone, Fernanda Robinson, Aldo Tabone

The Maguey is a symbol of Mexico. From the beginning times to been of fundamental importance to the development of Mesoamerican culture. The invaders call the magey the “tree of wonders”. Has not existed in our forte nation plastic artist that has not succumbed to the temptation of a magey plasma. With its pencas and quiote houses are built, they are woven clothes are prepared food; in its bowels the lives the ocuili gusanito of chincuil, millennial bite; of his heart the elixir mexican mana par excellence: the mead with which the creators decided fill of pleasure to the man by calling him octli pulque