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Now in its 29th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival is one of North America's largest and long-running showcases of Latin America cinema. With the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, the festival celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Opening Night:

2018 Oscar® Selection, Colombia

Opening Night features post-screening wine reception and DJ set by DJ Rockactivo, spinning '70s Latin funk & disco

Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the creative team behind 2015's Oscar®-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, return with this inspired mob epic for the ages — a completely fresh take on the origins of the Colombian drug trade, as told through the story of an indigenous Wayúu family. In the 1970s, as an American-fueled marijuana boom hits Colombia, farmers quickly turn into seasoned businessmen and, in the Guajira desert, one Wayúu clan takes a leading role. But as greed, passion and honor blend together over the decades, the family's unity, their lives and their ancestral traditions are all put at stake. Official Selection, 2018 Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Karlovy Vary, New Zealand, Locarno and Toronto film festivals. DIR/PROD Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra; SCR Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal; PROD Katrin Pors. Colombia/Denmark, 2018, color, 125 min. In English, Spanish and Wayúu with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night: Thurs, Sept 13, 7:30 p.m.; also screening Sat, Sept 15, 7:15 p.m.


Click here to buy an all-access Pase Especial and see every film in the Festival, including Opening Night, NO TICKETS NEEDED.

Tickets & Festival Passes

$15 General Admission
$13 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)


Explore Latin American cinema with an AFI Latin American Film Festival pass – the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film. NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at nearly $650!

$200 General Public/$170 for AFI Members/$150 for Students

Friday Happy Hours

Sept. 14, 21 & 28

Stop by the AFI Silver Café on Fridays from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. for Festival Happy Hours! Featuring complimentary snacks courtesy of Pollo Campero, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and an appetizer before your film.

Happy hour specials are valid only for AFI Latin American Film Festival pass holders, and ticket holders to festival films playing on the given dates.

AFI Silver thanks the following sponsors



Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County Kesta Happening DC
Hispanic Business Foundation IDB La Nueva


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