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Now in its 28th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

Opening Night:

2017 Oscar® Selection, Ecuador

Q&A with actor Daniel Adum Gilbert and post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of Ecuador on Sept. 14
Sebastián Cordero (CRONICAS, EUROPA REPORT) crafts a thriller of Shakespearean proportions in this Guayaquil-set tale of greed, betrayal, forbidden romance and political intrigue. Emilio (artist-turned-actor Daniel Adum Gilbert, in his debut role) is a wealthy young man trying to evict the 250 families squatting on land inherited from his father. Promising to help him is Lisandro (Andrés Crespo, CRONICAS), the squatters' self-appointed representative and an unapologetic social-climber. Painting a vivid portrait of Ecuador's largest city, from its luxurious high-rises to its makeshift shacks, Cordero takes a searing look at economic disparity, corruption and the ordinary lives hanging in the balance. Best Director, 2017 San Diego Latino Film Festival; Official Selection, 2017 Miami Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Sebastián Cordero; SCR Andrés Crespo; PROD Torsten Bönnhoff, Bertha Navarro, Arturo Yepez. Ecuador/Mexico/Germany, 2016, color, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night Thurs, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.; also screening Sun, Sept. 17, 6:15 p.m.


Click here for an all-access Pase Especial, which grants the bearer entry to every film in the festival, including Opening Night.

Look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, inside the Washington Post Express on September 7!

Tickets & Festival Passes

$15 General Admission
$13 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)


Explore Latin American cinema with an AFI Latin American Film Festival pass – the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film. NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at more than $600!

$200 General Public; $170 AFI Members; $150 Students


Stop by the AFI Silver Café on Fridays starting Sept. 15 for the festival Happy Hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.! Happy Hours feature complimentary snacks courtesy of Arepas Pues, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: Sept. 15, 22 & 29

Happy Hour specials are valid only for AFI Latin American Film Festival pass holders and ticket holders to festival films playing on the given dates.

AFI Silver thanks the following sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Kesta Happening DC Hispanic Business Foundation Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County