No Borders:

Contemporary Latin American Cinema

September 3 - December 13

This series looks at fourteen Latin American films made from the early 1980s, when many countries in the region were transitioning to democracy after long periods of dictatorship, through the present day. We will examine how experimentation with conventional narrative, documentary technique, and film form have allowed Latin American filmmakers to comment on their respective countries’ recent histories, ongoing social problems, and prospects for the future. What role does cinema have to play in confronting legacies of military regimes; difficult questions around poverty, migration and narcotrafficking; debates over emerging racial and sexual identities; and aspirations for a just and prosperous future in a region historically bereft
of one?

— Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Tuesday screenings include lectures by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Quiles’s lecture.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

Admission to all "No Borders" programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member.


Tuesday lecture series!


El olvido

2008, Heddy Honigmann, Peru/Netherlands, 93 min.


  • Sat, Nov 12th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 15th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Sand Dollars

Dólares de Arena

2014, Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Dominican Republic, 84 min. With Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica.


  • Sat, Nov 19th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Nov 22nd 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Havana Suite

Suite Habana

2003, Fernando Pérez Valdes, Cuba, 85 min.


  • Fri, Nov 25th 6:30pm
  • Tue, Nov 29th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!


2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy.


  • Sat, Dec 10th 3:15pm
  • Tue, Dec 13th 6:00pm