Cine Las Americas, known for its yearly film festival, supports Latin filmmakers by screening films year round. It has screened more than 1,200 Latino and indigenous films in 14 years. Based out of Austin, the multi-cultural non-profit organization’s mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The organization also partners with local schools to create educational media programs that serve the minority youth in the city.
With all the buzz around the Best Animated Feature Film Academy nominee, Chico & Rita, Cine Las Americas presents a sneak preview of the film this Wednesday. The musical romance directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal narrates the love story of Chico and Rita. Set in Cuba during the 1940s, Chico, a young pianist, is mesmerized by Rita’s beauty and voice, but their sweet encounter doesn’t last along. As Rita’s popularity rises, their desire to be united takes them on a journey from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas.
Chico & Rita screens at 8 p.m. this Wednesday Feb. 29 at the Regal Metropolitan Theater located at 901 Little Texas Lane. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here and an hour before the screening. Discounts are available on-line for AFS members, and students can get discounts at the door. Proceeds will benefit Cine Las Americas programs.