The Legacy of the Chicano Movement in Film, XicanIndie FilmFest XX, April 5 – 8, at Su Teatro

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(See list of films & trailers below)

This year’s XicanIndie film festival pays tribute to the legacy of the Chicano Movement featuring films such Dolores, Songs for Cesar, They Called Me King Tiger, Symbols of Resistance, The Rise and Fall of Brown Buffalo, and Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados  which will explore and highlight the land struggles, student movement and community struggles against police repression. In addition various panelists and distinguished participants will discuss the Chicano Movement and the role that is plays today in contemporary politics.

Su Teatro announces the 20th Anniversary of Colorado’s premiere Latino Film Festival, XicanIndie Film Fest XX April 5th through April 8th, 2018.   Complete festival details may be viewed at  All events will take place at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204.

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Songs for Cesar is a private preview of the many artists who performed in support of Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers,including Carlos Santana, Joan Baez and Daniel Valdez. The much acclaimed Dolores, presented in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO 89.3 FM, features the fiery labor leader and internationally known feminist, Dolores Huerta. They Called Me King Tiger chronicles the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid as seen through the eyes of the architect and icon Reies Lopes Tijerina The Rise and Fall of Brown Buffalo, a revered and reviled figure within the Chicano literary movement Oscar Zeta Acosta whose wild swings at the system often landed on friend as well as foe, Symbols of Resistance, looks at the history of the Chicano movement in Colorado, profiling organizers and those who died in the struggle,


We Were Chicanos: Remembering Richard Castro  a remembrance of one Colorado’s most significant and respected political leaders and Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados, a documentary that highlights the young activist’s efforts  and struggles to uncover the truth behind her tragic death

From Aztlan to Mexico and beyond

Murder in the woodsIn celebration of twenty years of stellar programming, Daniel Salazar the XicanIndie FilmFest’s director promises great films, discussions and parties with films created by Chicano, Mexicano, South American and LatinX filmmakers.  Highlights include, Murder in the Woods starring Danny Trejo and an all Latino cast; Diario de Bucaramanga, from Venezuela that documents the Simon Bolivar’s efforts to liberate the country of Columbia; and several films memorializing the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Local Filmmakers and Local Stories

This year’s XicanIndie is filled with stories of Chicanos/Latinos in Colorado.  Celebrating the triumphant return of Su Teatro actor and West High School graduate Hugo Carbajal who stars in  Lifeline; Along with Symbols of Resistance, an historical film documenting the Chicano movement in Colorado, watch for We Were Chicanos: Remembering Richard Castro; and Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados. 

Molina Speaks is a Colorado jewel…an artist, poet, musician and human bridge.  His full-length feature film, Root, is set for its World Premiere at the XicanIndie FilmFest XX.  The dreamscape film was inspired by the creation of an album by the same name. In person-Adrian Molina

XicanIndie 20th Anniversary party!

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Each year the XicanIndie FilmFest gives you live music in the lobby, delicious food and a fully stocked bar.  This year is no exception…and expect even more!  Please come to enjoy film at its best, time for fun with photos and excitement, and a chance to mingle with filmmakers and stars.

We expect everyone to share photos on social media, enjoy the after-parties and talk about films with all our special guests.

Great films, visiting filmmakers and artists

The XicanIndie FilmFest (Xicano Independent Filmmakers Festival) was established in 1998 by Angela Manzanares who saw a need for independent Chicano filmmakers to have a venue to screen their films. Ironically veteran Chicano filmmaker Daniel Salazar was the first filmmaker honored for his body of work and would later become the Festival Director. The Festival has grown to present a broad showcase of the best in Chicano independent film as well as selecting and coining the term Latino World Cinema ® .  For 20 years, the XicanIndie has developed a reputation as a carefully curated film festival that comforts, startles, and celebrates Latinos in all aspects of their worlds.  Great films, visiting filmmakers and artists have been part of the XicanIndie FilmFest throughout the years.

For more information on the FilmFest’s history, check out Su Teatro’s website: Film Fest XX…

The XicanIndie Film Fest XX will run April 5-8, 2018 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive.  Complete festival details may be viewed at  Call (303) 296-0219 for more information

2018 XicanIndie Film Fest XIX
Confirmed Films

Murder in the Woods

Danny Trejo stars in this slasher tale written by Chicago writer Yelyna De Leon and directed by Mexican filmmaker Luis Iga about a group of Latino teens who, in the grand tradition of the “Friday the 13th” series, decide to spend a weekend in a mysterious cabin in the woods.   Unbeknownst to them, the cabin was the site of an apparent murder-suicide more than a decade ago and soon things, and bodies, begin to go bump in the night. In person-Yelna De Leon


The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo


A fresh and innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and counterculture icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta, best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist and provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson. The author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, Acosta’s powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style, and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure within the Chicano movement. He offered one of the most brazen, frontal assaults on white supremacy seen at the time. In person-Phillip Rodriguez, filmmaker, USA

They Called Me King Tiger

In June of 1967, the court of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, was assaulted by armed men under the command of Chicano leader Reies Lopez Tijerina. The outcome of such bold action was the largest manhunt in the recent history of the United States. Tijerina managed to survive prison, a psychiatric hospital, and a several assassination attempts. The Chicano movement faded away, and everyone thought the same of Tijerina. People speak of him as a saint, a man illuminated, a man that used violence looking for a fair cause. They called him King Tiger; though, King Tiger is alive and he wants to tell his story. In person, Director Angel Estrada Soto

We Were Chicanos: Remembering Richard Castro

Caryn Sanchez captured the life of one of the most beloved public figures in Colorado- Richard T. Castro, through the stories of those who worked and knew him best. In We Were Chicanos: Remembering Richard Castro, Sanchez pays tribute to a man who dedicated his career to ensuring that all people, regardless of their differences, would have a voice in the political and social fabric of this state, and on a national level as well. In person-Caryn Sanchez invited


Starring former Su Teatro principal and jokester, Hugo E Carbajal Director Susan Brunig Lifeline is a story of a couple living with the ghost of their deepest regret.  Poignantly presented and engaging, Carbajal expands the range of Latino male portrayals.  Susan Brunig, filmmaker, USA. In person Hugo E. Carbajal

Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados

In May 1974, Neva Romero, a University of Colorado student and Chicano activist, was killed along with two of her peers in a horrific car bombing at Colorado Chautauqua Park. Two days later, three more activists were murdered in another car bombing. These tragic events sent shock waves throughout the Chicano Rights Movement, yet no one was ever convicted for the crimes. Filmmaker Nicole Esquibel explores the horrific events — a scar on the conscience of an entire community — in Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados, a documentary that highlights the efforts of the young woman and struggles to uncover the truth behind her death. Nicole Patrice Esquibel, Filmmaker, USA In person-Filmmaker Nicole Esquibel

Symbols of Resistance  

Looks at the history of the Chican@ Movement as it emerges in the 1970s with a focus on events in Colorado and Northern New Mexico.  The documentary explores the struggle for land, the student movement, and community struggles against police repression.  The Freedom Archives, USA, In Person-


Welcome Back

After being deported to Mexico, a mother is forced to survive in a country she doesn’t understand anymore.  Follow her struggles as she looks for an answer to where.  Matias Nilsson, Filmmaker, Mexico/USA

The Root


Molina Speaks is an all-around artist, poet, musician and human bridge. The 2017 Westword Mastermind is set for the World Premiere of his first full-length feature film, ROOT. The dreamscape film was inspired by the creation of an album by the same name.  Molina Speaks, USA, 2018

El Camino (2015) (Short)

Three days ago, Diego died behind bars in a California prison.  Despite his family’s wish for a Catholic funeral, prison authorities prepare to cremate Diego’s body. Now, Diego’s teenage son Jorge and his wife Gabriela must make a frantic road trip across the state to claim his body before it’s too late. Alexander L. Lee, USA

Diario de Bucaramanga (2013)

Written by Luis Peru De Lacroix in 1828 while he accompanied the Liberator Simon Bolivar and his Grand State during their stay in Bucaramanga, as they awaited the events of the Convention of Ocana, that would change the Geo-political destiny of the nation of La Gran Colombia. Coronel Luiis Peru De Lacroix, documented the daily life, anecdotes, experiences and personal confessions that Simon Bolivar, the Father of the Nation shares with him during the months of April, May and June. It is in this manner that the intimate narrative of the life of the Liberator Simon Bolivar occurs in parallel to the political climate of the Convention of Ocana, creating an atmosphere filled with treason and intrigues, led by the General Francisco de Paula Santander. These were dramatic, conflicting and decisive days for the Nation.  Carlos Alberto Fung, Filmmaker, Venezuela

Marigold the Matador (2017)

An urban fable about a single mother, a schizophrenic homeless man, and an 11-year old matador. Marigold grows up mostly alone as she transitions from little girl to young woman. With her mother working at night and going to school during the day, Marigold befriends a schizophrenic homeless man. When he becomes combative she imagines herself to be a Matador as El Toro becomes the embodiment of her fear and loneliness.  Kenneth Castillo, Filmmaker, USA