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Go Guatemala! You’re Finally on Your Way to the Oscars

Ixcanul is the first movie in 20 years — TWENTY — that Guatemala has entered for an Academy Award…and it’s pretty darn good.

This is María. She’s 17-year-old Mayan and she lives on an active volcano in Guatemala.

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Yes, we said VOLCANO.

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Wait? Who in their right mind would live on one of these things?!

Her parents fixed her up with a local farmer…she ain’t happy.

Because María dreams of seeing the modern world and big city.

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Credit: Ixcanul / YouTube

Pepe, who would be like María’s MCM, tells her about life beyond the volcano is everything she dreams of.

Unfortunately for her future husband, María found love in a hopeless place (like Rihanna).

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Credit: Ixcanul / YouTube

Everything is unlikely on an active volcano. Who knows if you will be here tomorrow. Run, María. ?

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It isn’t long until before María finds out she is pregnant by Pepe.

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And the father is NOT the husband.

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The scandal.

Only the modern world can save her during a complication.

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María finally gets the chance to visit the big city she has dreamed of, but at what cost?

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Check out the full trailer below:

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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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Updated: May 11, 2020.

If you were on Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok for Mother’s Day, you know that Latinos were out and about flexing about their love for their mamas. While many of us opted to share words of love and throwback photos of our beautiful madres, some decided to celebrate the labor and hard work their mamas have done over the years to get us, their kids, to where we are now.

While many of these posts got attention, none captured our hearts quite like this one created by Twitter user @MrAcosta89.

In a series of images shared to his Twitter account, the self-described “son of immigrants” from Ecuador shared that his mother is in fact that seamstress behind some of the biggest red carpet moments in celebrity fashion.

That’s right, according to Acosta, he’s blessed with a mother that has dressed the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Riri.

Now after a bit of digging, we were able to find that the dresses, which were worn by Lupita Nyong’o, Saoirse Ronan, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rihanna were actually designed by Calvin Klein. But, whose needle and scissors poured over every seam? This mama’s! What’s more all four dresses continue to be praised and highlighted by fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Even to this day.

No doubt, this Latina is pretty incredible, and just about everyone who saw the post thinks so too.

Just about everyone praised Acosta for highlighting the hands that made these iconic dresses.

And so many Latinas vowed to one day achieve such celebrity status so that they could also hire his mother to create their dresses.

According to Acosta, his mother has lived in the United States for over thirty years.

And while she’s apparently not really interested in learning English or being a social media star, she is getting quite the following online.

We stan Acosta’s Mama and her designer dresses.

Updated May 11, 2020. @MrAcosta89’s mother’s name is Jenny Malo.

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Will Be Digital And Free This Year

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Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Will Be Digital And Free This Year

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If you are a film buff saddened by the fact that you can’t go to your favorite film festivals, fear not. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be completely digital and free to anyone who wants to enjoy this year’s film roster.

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be free and online for everyone.

In-person participation at LALIFF has been canceled because of obvious reasons (COVID-19). However, the organizers wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to enjoy the films could. Plus, the festival is a way for these small, independent filmmakers to get their names and projects out there. Being online opens it up to a lot more people to enjoy these films.

The festival, founded by Edward James Olmos, is a very important event for Latino films.

While COVID-19 is keeping people in their homes, LALIFF doesn’t want it to keep them away from enjoying these films. It is the 21st century and that offers filmmakers and organizers a new way to connect with their fans and cinephiles.

“We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF, said in a statement. “Working together with our filmmakers, musicians, partners and sponsors we will be able to celebrate our festival virtually to continue to showcase some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Latino films of 2020 and share with cinephiles everywhere, from the safety of their homes.”

LALIFF is an integral part of highlighting and promoting Latino talent and their quick pivot to go online will give these artists more opportunity to shine.

The film festival organizers made news when they announced their virtual experience. LALIFF Connect is going to let everyone enjoy the 2020 films as well as the 2019 retrospective highlighting last year’s work. You can currently watch all of the 2019 films and shorts featured last year at LALIFF. The new films will be available from May 5 – 31.

“We are proud to advocate for Latinx artists and musicians, especially at a time where they have been hit the most and share their beautiful sounds. Be sure to dance in your living rooms and don’t worry about the door fee—LALIFF has you covered,” Managing Director of LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha, said in a statement.

Now is a great time to watch some of the previous LALIFF features, like “Suicidrag.”

The short film is about a group of Mexican drag queens who are taking to the streets and clubs of Mexico to highlight the issues of gender stereotypes. The queens are showing the dangers those stereotypes cause when they are imposed on the consumer culture that controls so much in our societies.

They are also showing “I’ll See You Around.”

Director Daniel Pfeffer explores the complexities of a family when drugs and betrayal derail a relationship. In the film, one brother has to figure out how to salvage a relationship with his brother after he finds out his brother stole his laptop to buy drugs. This film is a tough reminder of the difficulties families must face.

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