The Baja International Film Festival showcased various independent films, documentaries, and shorts throughout the weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The festival had a lineup of films selected to be screened at the inaugural festival-which was 80 films from around the world that included 5 international feature films in competition, 5 Mexican feature films in competition, 5 international documentaries in competition, 5 Mexican documentaries in competition, 30 international shorts, 13 Mexican shorts, 4 environmental films, as well as Special Presentation screenings of 6 international feature films, and 6 Mexican feature films.
Within this list was the inspiring documentary,' Hecho En Mexico'-an inspiring and moving documentary screened on night two of the festival and definitely set the tone for the reaminder of the festival. 'Hecho En Mexico' displayed a brief history and background of Mexican culture which made for a very enlightening and highly anticipated documentary and not to mention a learning lesson.
The movie kicked off with famous and aspiring musicians from Mexico that through their musical capabilities painted the perfect scenario to life in Mexico. All subjects that were once intangible was brought to life in this documentary. The crowd grew emotional, intrigued, and simply breathless as 'Hecho En Mexico' took them on a ride through Mexican history, the trials, tribulations, struggles and now achievement, pride and success of the Mexican culture.
Another exciting feature called 'Despues de Lucia'. 'Despues de Lucia' is a climatic movie that focuses on the struggles and impact of young teens amongst their peers. Alexandria and father Roberto move into a new town to make a living for themselves and start 'fresh'. Starting a new high school, Alexandra quickly made friends and was accepted. A quick weekend getaway and a few bad decisions, Alexandras' life abruptly took a sharp turn for the worse. Based upon her decisions during the stay at the getaway caused her to quickly loose friends and her social stature in school.
After multiple months of bullying and fighting with her classmates, Alexandra had finally had it. Organizing a scripted 'death' was her only way out to find sanity and hope for a better tomorrow as she then retreated back to her home town and her safe place. 'Despues de Lucia' is a strong film that serves as a learning lesson to our adolescents of today's generation. Bullying should have zero tolerance in our school systems as you may never know the outcome of the scenario-lets just say in 'Despues de Lucia' justice was served.
Throughout the International Shorts throughout the day were: The Price, Little Kaiju, and The Crocidile
'The Price' is a post-modern Western-style short film that explores the difference between an outlaw and a criminal. This character-driven piece draws inspiration from John Carpenter & The Three Sergios. Set in an economically struggling New York City with no central authority, the story centers around two bandits and a bounty hunter. 'The Price' is a gritty film that appeals to a broad audience of action and independent film fans.
A quick synopsis of the film 'Little Kaiju' would be a cartoon character is introduced to the busy streets of Tokyo. The whimsical journey of this mysterious vending machine-dwelling creature explores the shadowy corners of Tokyo after dark and is 'spotted'. Until 'Little Kaiju' reverses his luck by outsmarting the man and using his wit.
'The Crocodile' was a short film action movie. A Mexican journalist is on the run from a cartel assassin. In fear for his life and want to 'clear his name', the two collide in a diner, with tragic consequences for both.
The International Short Films is a great way to get immersed in a movie quickly. Seeing a variety of short films allows you to see a broad range of film with different story lines and perception of film.
For a list of films screened during the Baja International Film Festival: http://biff.festivalgenius.com/2012/schedule/week