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By Film Threat Staff | October 9, 2003

The Latino Film Festival San Francisco Bay Area has announced a series of events at the Castro Theater to open the first week of the November festival.
Opening night “Noche de Malaga” will be on Thursday, November 6 with a tribute to Spain that will highlight films from the Malaga Film Festival.
On Friday, November 7, the festival pays tribute to Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza, who will be on hand at a screening of selections from his thirty year Hollywood career. His resume includes “The Milagro Beanfield Wars,” “Gods and Generals,” “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Selena” and “The Cisco Kid.”
The Saturday night program goes tropical with “Samba Brazil” featuring films from Brazil and includes a silent feature with a live Brazilian band.
The 2003 Latino Film Festival Awards Presentation will be held on Sunday evening.
This is the first year that the Festival will be presented at the historic Castro Theater for the initial days of the festival. The festival will also screen the first weekend in San Rafael at the Rafael Film Center. Women and Film will screen on Wednesday the 12th at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The festival heads both north, south and east for the second weekend with screenings in San Jose on the 14th and 15th, while additional films will be screened in Healdsburg and St. Helena on November 12th and 13th. Films will screen at Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium on November 11th and 16th
For more info, visit the Latino Film Festival website.

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