Kicking off the 19th Annual Havana Film Festival New York, the Museum will host a screening of De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo (From Puerto Rico to the World), an ode to the Puerto Rican diaspora by Carlitos Ruiz and Mariem Pérez. The documentary features interviews with Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez and Luis Guzmán.
6:00pm - 7:00pm Kids activity table and gallery tours
7:00pm Screening of De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo
8:30pm Live music by Flaco Navaja & the Razor Blades
Carlos Ruiz, Mariem Perez / Puerto Rico / Documentary / 70min / 2016
Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz was raised in the theater company Teatro del Sesenta, in Puerto Rico. After getting a BFA in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute Of Chicago, Ruiz started working as a director for Music Videos and Commercials.
In 2007 Carlitos and his partner Mariem, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival with their first feature film "Maldeamores" (Lovesickness) which won several international awards including Best Opera Prima, Audience Award, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress. He and Mariem then created and produced 20 episodes for the webseries Chamacas a sketch comedy all Latina show that uses irreverent humor to laugh about the stereotypes already created by men. Showcased in Sofia Vergara's You Tube channel, Nuevon.
In 2016 they co-directed, "De Puerto Rico para el mundo", a beautiful journey through the history of the Island's music, the artists who brought it to the mainstream and its contributions to the world. The story is told through the tales of Rita Moreno, Luis Guzman, Rosie Perez, and Jose Feliciano among many other
Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema. In its 19th anniversary, HFFNY features more than 40 films from the most exciting cinematic talent from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela and the United States. HFFNY upholds the reputation for which it is known: enriching and expanding the vision of Latino culture in the United States. The films chosen each year reflect strong cultural and social identities rooted in their respective countries. The festival offers our audience the opportunity to see award-winning full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics as well as new independent films rarely screened in the U.S.