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Hola Mexico Film Festival, like most big gatherings in 2020, was forced to adjust to a virtual format due to COVID-19. It’s back live just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, and as the organizers share, it’s the best way capture the “ irreplaceable communal experience of being with each other to showcase the strength and diversity of Mexican cinema.” The 13th annual event (which runs from September 17-25, 25 with opening and closing ceremonies at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and nightly screenings at Regal LA Live) features 21 films, in genre presentations including  México Ahora (new movies), Documental (non-fiction), El Otro México (Mexican narratives that challenge the status quo) and Nocturno (offbeat stories and horror). Also of note, Hola México’s acclaimed mentor program “Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT)” connecting Latino filmmakers from Los Angeles with industry leaders in order to increase the Latino workforce in the industry. Lineup and more info at holamexicoff.com/2021-film-festival/.

LA Weekly