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Spanish language cultural film festival to debut in Yuma
Spanish language cultural film festival to debut in Yuma

The Yuma Art Center is set to screen 32 films in 7 days in a unique film festival coming to Yuma this month

They Yuma Art center and partner sponsors invite the public to the weeklong Festival Cultural de Cine (cultural film festival). The festival celebrates films created by filmmakers who are of Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish decent, Spanish language films, and films that are culturally relevant to the Yuma region.

“The arts have the power to bridge any divide within a community, whether it be language, cultural, socioeconomic, or educational barriers,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We have specifically created this festival with this in mind – to provide a meaningful program that fosters positive, cross-cultural connections that are specifically relevant to our diverse borderland community.”

The 32 films to be presented represent Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. When possible films will be screened in dual languages; in Spanish with English subtitles or in English with Spanish subtitles.

One highlight is a rare theatrical screening of “Roma,” which won three Academy Awards, including one for director Alfonso Cuaron. This motion picture is otherwise only available to subscribers of an online media company.

The festival is sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and is supported by the Mexican Consulate of Yuma, Arizona Western College, and the Chicano Art Collective.

“Through our funding with Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, we are also really focused on the educational side of this program and are reaching out language learning groups or classes to provide a unique opportunity to see these films on the big screen with subtitles,” said Benacka.

All screenings will take place in the Historic Yuma Theatre between Monday, March 25 and Sunday, March 31.

The community is also invited to the opening ceremony on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will include remarks by Mayor Douglas Nicholls; Jose Antonio Larios Ponce, Consul de Mexico en Yuma; and Dr. Michael Miller, Professor at Arizona Western College.


The schedule of films includes:

Monday, March 25

  • 7:00 pm – Roma
  • 9:30 pm – Bread and Roses


Tuesday, March 26

  • 12:30 pm – La Perla
  • 2:15 pm – Flor Silvestre
  • 4:45 pm – No Manches Frida
  • 7:00 pm – The Liberator
  • 9:30 pm – Mambo Kings


Wednesday, March 27

  • 1:15 pm - Bugambilia
  • 3:30 pm – Chico and Rita
  • 6:00 pm – Bless Me, Ultima
  • 8:45 pm – Frida
  • 11:00 pm – Pinero


Thursday, March 28

  • 1:30 pm – Ladron que Roba a Landron
  • 4:00 pm – La Bamba
  • 6:30 pm – Las Abandonanas
  • 8:30 pm – Biutiful
  • 11:30 pm – Orphanage


Friday, March 29

  • 1:45 pm-- Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos
  • 4:00 pm – A Better Life
  • 6:45 pm – Coco
  • 9:00 pm – Like Water for Chocolate
  • 11:30 pm – Pan’s Labyrinth


Saturday, March 30

  • 1:00 pm – Ferdinand
  • 3:30 – Valentin
  • 5:45 – Cesar Chavez
  • 8:00 – Selena
  • 11:00 – Y Tu Mama Tambien


Sunday, March 31

  • 1:00 pm – Lucha, Mexcio
  • 3:30 pm – Book of Life
  • 5:45 pm – Butterfly
  • 7:45 pm – Sea Inside
  • 10:00 pm –The Shape of Water


Tickets to the films can be purchased at, over the phone at 928-373-5202, or in person at the Yuma Art Center, Yuma Civic Center or Parks and Recreation office at City Hall. Ticket prices are $5 general admission per film or $2.50 for students, seniors, and military with ID. Films provided in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Yuma are free to attend, but do require tickets prior to entry.

Please contact the Yuma Art Center at or 928-373-5202 for more information on free or discounted tickets for English or Spanish language learning groups or classes.