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09/25/2019 - Film: Coco
The series is being organized by the Media Arts Center San Diego, producer of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

03/12/2020 - Italian Film: Come un Gatto in Tangenziale (CANCELED)
Due to the to the virulent spread COVID-19 virus, The San Diego Italian Film Festival has cancelled all their March film screenings. The SDIFF depends on tickets sales to fund their nonprofit activities. We urge you to visit their donation's page and make a meaningful donation to this wonderful organization that works tirelessly to enrich our lives.

Giovanni and Monica are the most diverse people on earth. He is an intellectual who envisions social integration and lives in the historic center of Rome, while she is a former cashier of a supermarket dealing every day with the problematic and multicultural environment of her suburban neighborhood. They would never have met if their twelve-year-old kids did not get together. Now they both have a common goal: the relationship between their kids, which has the life expectation of a cat on a highway, must come to an end!But something between them starts to change.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Admission/Cost: $12

La Paloma Theatre
471 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA

Thursday, March 12 - 7:00 PM
03/06/2020 - Korean Film: The Day He Arrives
The Day He Arrives is a 2011 South Korean drama film written and directed by Hong Sang-soo. A film director who no longer makes films, Seongjun arrives in Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn't show up, Seongjun wanders the city aimlessly for three days, grabbing drinks and meeting women, with each day playing out like a version of the last.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mandeville Auditorium
9500 Gilman Dr.
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

Friday, March 6 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
03/07/2020 - Film Talk: Benito Bautista
Do you have a film project you need feedback on? Have a pressing filmmaking question in mind? Or want to just chat about your love for movies or moviemaking? Join us at the launch of our new program called Kapihan: Film Talk over Coffee and get to express and talk about your passion for cinema with like-minded creatives and film lovers like you! Filmmaker Benito Bautista will share his story as a professional filmmaker and how it all started, and he will open the discussion to the audience so everyone will have the chance to participate. Special guest, award-winning filmmaker Drama Del Rosario will join in the discussion. This is a casual chat over delicious coffee and pastries where everyone can ask questions and share insights about their own filmmaking experiences.

Admission/Cost: $5

New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Road #102
San Diego, CA 92106

Saturday, March 7 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
03/11/2020 - Film: Jojo Rabbit
Taika Waititi’s jaunty, brazen anti-hate satire features Roman Griffin Davis as a Hitler youth member, whose imaginary friend is the Fuhrer himself. Jojo's world is turned upside down when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) in the attic. The cast also includes Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library and a Chula Vista Visual & Performing Arts Grant.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Chula Vista Civic Center Library
365 F Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Wednesday, March 11 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
03/07/2020 - Film: When Gray Turns Dark
San Diego Filipino Cinema's Perspective Film Series: When Gray Turns Dark. Catch two gripping films that shed light on important social justice issues in Drama del Rosario's much-awaited short documentary film I'm Okay (and Neither are You) and Benito Bautista's award-winning 2011 political crime thriller feature Boundary. There will be Q&A after the screenings. SDFC's Perspective Film Series is made possible by NTC Foundation at Arts District Liberty Station, and is in partnership with New Americans Museum and Outside the Lens.

Admission/Cost: $11 - $15

The LOT at Liberty Station
2620 Truxton Road
San Diego, CA 92106

Saturday, March 7 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
03/11/2020 - Film and Talk: The Art of Siona Benjamjin
Blue Like Me is a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Benjamin's art fuses world religions with Eastern myths and Western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. Blue Like Me travels with Siona to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. A lecture with Siona Benjamin will follow the screening.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $18

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Wednesday, March 11 - 7:00 PM
03/19/2020 - Italian Film: Figlia Mia (CANCELED)
Due to the to the virulent spread COVID-19 virus, The San Diego Italian Film Festival has cancelled all their March film screenings. The SDIFF depends on tickets sales to fund their nonprofit activities. We urge you to visit their donation's page and make a meaningful donation to this wonderful organization that works tirelessly to enrich our lives.

10-year-old Vittoria's summer will be one of two mothers to challenge, to hate, to love, and to forgive. Shy Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving mother Tina (Valeria Golino). But their quiet Sardinian life will be upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher) is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she first asks to become acquainted with Vittoria. Tina agrees, comforted by the idea that the woman will soon be leaving town. Searching for something deep and inexplicable, Vittoria and Angelica spend more and more time together, against Tina's will. Daughter of Mine is the story of a young girl torn between two mothers, of imperfect motherhood and inextricable bonds, struggling with overwhelming feelings and dealing with wounds. Director Laura Bispuri examines the accommodations women make, independent of the laws or judgment of men, but mainly she questions what it means to be a good mother.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Admission/Cost: $12

Museum of Photographic Arts
Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA
MAP - [Park Map]

Thursday, March 19 - 7:30 PM
03/15/2020 - Film: Julius Caesar (CANCELED)
In consideration of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Free screening of Julius Caesar (1953): Join the San Diego Shakespeare Society to experience Brando's brooding intensity in his only Shakespearean performance on screen.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

Sunday, March 15 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
03/04/2020 - Film: Platform
Platform (صفر تا سکو) A Rocky-esque tale of determination and grit, Platformfollows three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sisters’ thrilling underdog story explores not only their dedicated training but also their surprising place in society as they challenge traditional gender roles on the path to success. Special Note: It appears that this film also is called Zero to Podium.

Admssion/Cost: $10 - $15

Iranian-American Center
6790 Top Gun St.
Suite #7
San Diego, CA 92121

Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 PM
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