La Viajante // The Wanderer A film by Miguel Mejías
"La Viajante (The Wanderer)," a film by Miguel Mejías, will be featured in the 2021 Cine Las Americas international film festival

The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will be a hybrid presentation this year. The Austin-based festival will take place online June 9-13 and host an opening night outdoor screening at Meanwhile Brewing Co. on June 9, featuringt he documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”

“We’re excited at both the prospect of returning to in-person screenings, in a safe and responsible manner but also at the idea of expanding our reach beyond the Austin city boundaries through virtual events,” said Cine Las Americas Lead Programmer Ernie Quiroz. “Both have their place and both help fulfill our mission in supporting Latinx and Indigenous filmmakers.”

Cine Las Americas showcases films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. It also spotlights films made by or about Latinx people in the U.S. as well as work by or about indigenous groups of the Americas.

One of the fest’s signature programming track is “Hecho en Tejas,” a showcase local Texas filmmaking talent. This year’s centerpiece is Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss’ award-winning documentary “Missing in Brooks County.”  The film takes viewers into a South Texas border county that has been caught in the middle of the current immigration crisis, a place where hundreds migrants die of dehydration and exposure each year.

For the complete festival line-up and tickets see cinelasamericas.org