Cine Latino


The Sacramento International Latino Film Festival (Cine Latino) began in 2007 as an off-shoot of the Sacramento Film Festival. Since then, Cine Latino has grown to incorporate several events throughout the year celebrating Latino cinema world-wide. With year round events tied to many other cultural celebrations throughout Sacramento, Cine Latino offers the best of Spanish, Latin American and Chicano cinema.

Check out this year's program:


2017 Showcase: 


2015 Cine Latino featured: THE OTHER BARRIO

Cine Latino Feature Presentation:

Rudolfo Anaya's


Over the years Cine Latino has premiered many important films. In 2013 the festival premiered one of the most anticipated projects in the history of Chicano cinema, the big screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's classic novel , Bless Me Ultima. the Northern California premiere was a critical success and helped pave the way for a very successful national theatrical run.  Here is a portion of what late film critic Roger Ebert had to say about the film: 

 " Although it was published only in 1972, Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" has achieved the iconic stature as such novels as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." Now comes a movie to do it justice. Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another."

Ebert continues, "If anyone has trouble understanding "Bless Me, Ultima," it will be the grown-ups, because so many modern movies have trained them not to understand. Some moviegoers are reeling from the way they're bludgeoned by the choices they make. Their movies spell everything out, read it aloud to them, hammer it in, communicate by force. This film respects the deliberate nature of time slipping into the future. The movie is set at a time within current lifetimes. It seems like the ancient past. There's a night of terror when Antonio and his family are awakened. A mob of men has gathered before the house, many holding torches...I like to think of two kinds of men in the mob. Those who eagerly subscribe to the comfort of prejudice, and those who hesitate because they prefer to come to their conclusions in their own ways. "Bless Me, Ultima" has that choice at its center. It says that in the formation of the place now named New Mexico, two peoples came together, the Indians and the Europeans, and formed a population that drew from two traditions. Now we hear of immigration reform. It has to do with taxes and politics. Otherwise, we might as well reform the flights of the birds. "

Thanks to our partners at Sacramento State University, The Serna Center, The Mexican Consulate and the Center for Multi-Cultural Studies we are proud to present this annual event in celebration of Latino cinema the world over!


A look at previous years:



Joe Serna Tribute - Salvador Paniagua

Jale - Rafael Flores

El Refrigerador- Carlos Escamilla

Booze for Cruz - Jesús González

Twenty Five Hundred & One -Patricia van Ryker



The First and Only Lesson -   Pablo Perea  

El Andalon - Consuelo Alba 

Better - John Cantu 

2013 Showcase:

2014 Showcase: