The H-Town Multicultural Film Festival (HTMFF) celebrates Houston's diversity through the power of cinema. 14 Pews will screen 19 features and short films over the course of three days. HTMFF is curated by two programmers: Bears Fonte, director of programming at the Austin Film Festival, as the guest curator for the shorts program; and Cressandra Thibodeaux, executive director of 14 Pews, who programmed the feature films.
Every Wednesday, filmmaker Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi's father goes to protest on the square of Ecuador's Presidential Palace. Until her death in a car accident, Fernanda's mother wrote letter after letter to the president. In 1988, when the filmmaker was 10 years old, her brothers Santiago, 17, and Andrés, 14, mysteriously disappeared. A year later, the family discovered that the police had kidnapped, severely beaten and then murdered the two boys. The bodies were dumped in the Yambo River, never to be found again.
With My Heart in Yambo is Fernanda's contribution to the processing of a devastating family trauma. In a poetic, contemplative voice-over, she makes a brave attempt to arrange the events in an appropriate manner.
The screening will be followed by drinks, snacks and music in 14 Pews' backyard for badge holders. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the after party moves to the Boom Boom Room, located at 2518 Yale St.