Three-Day Film Fest Coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
The Latino Film Festival, a three-day film fest, will be hosted by Center Players for the second year. It will be held at the Center Playhouse on South Street from September 30 through October 2. The festivities coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 through October 15.
The film festival is just one of the events planned for The Latino Festival of Monmouth County, which will celebrate its 7th anniversary on October 1 in downtown Freehold with seven hours of live entertainment in the Hall of Records Parking lot. In an effort to accommodate the growing attendance the festival will extend across Lafayette Street. The downtown festival will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, October 2. A full schedule of performers will be released in the next week.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures of the fastest growing community in the United States,” said Angel Matos, chair of the Latino Festival of Monmouth County. “Every year the festival gets bigger and better. It has gone from being a small community event to a regional festival drawing people from across a wide area.”
The film festival will kick off on Friday, September 30 with a movie from Peru entitled Altiplano, about a woman who loses her husband and sets off on a journey of personal discovery. There will be films from Mexico, Peru, Cuba and Bolivia featured at the film fest.
“Once again, we want to thank our partners at the Center Playhouse for working with us to make this film festival possible, said Ann Bagchi, chair of the Latino Film Festival. “The films themselves are beautiful and thought-provoking, but in addition each movie is followed by a discussion period touching on the issues raised by the performances. The festival has always been about breaking down barriers and fostering a cultural exchange.”
The Latino Festival of Monmouth County was founded in 2005. It was first held at the Park Avenue School in Freehold. It moved to downtown Freehold in 2008 and now draws thousands of people. It is still one of the few Latino cultural events offered in Western Monmouth County.