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SF Hispanic Heritage Festival: Free 16mm Reel Movie Experience | Noe Valley

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 am | Cost: FREE
Noe Valley Branch Library | 451 Jersey St., San Francisco, CA

SF Hispanic Heritage Festival | 2019

Viva at the Library is an annual celebration of Latino Hispanic heritage, cultures and traditions. San Francisco has a rich Latino heritage that is highlighted in a diverse array of exciting programs for all ages, from performances to film screenings, crafts to food tastings.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Highlights:

September 14, 2019 

  • 3 pm: Misión Flamenca Dance Troupe – Main Library, Atrium
  • 1 pm:The Moon Within with Children’s Author Aida Salazar – West Portal Branch
  • 2:30 pm: Still Here San Francisco: Queer and Trans Latinx Writers in This City – Mission Branch

September 20, 2019

  • 6:30 pm: Mission Grafica: Off the Wall – Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St.

September 25, 2019

  • 6 pm: Queer Latinx History of the Mission’s 16th Street Corridor – Eureka Valley Branch

October 1, 2019

  • 6:30 pm: Hands on History: Carnaval in the Archives – Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor

October 12, 2019

  • 2 pm: Between Us and Abuela with Children’s Author Mitali Perkins – Bernal Heights Branch

Literary Events:

September 14, 2019

  • 1 pm: Book Launch: Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural – Main Library, Koret Auditorium

October 8, 2019

  • 6 pm: Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America – Main Library, Koret Auditorium

October 9, 2019

  • 6 pm: Carolina de Robertis – Cantoras – Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Arts & Crafts Programs

Mask Making with The Mexican Museum 

  • 4 pm: September 19, 2019 – Marina Branch
  • 2 pm: October 5, 2019 – Visitacion Valley Branch
  • 3:30 pm: October 24, 2019 – Mission Branch
  • 4 pm: October 30, 2019 – Noe Valley Branch

September 20, 2019

  • 4 pm: Zapotec Rugs Craft – Merced Branch

October 12, 2019

  • 2 pm: Milagros and Rain Sticks with the Museum of Craft and Design – Visitacion Valley Branch

October 30, 2019

  • 3:30 pm: Día de los Muertos Skeleton Craft – Chinatown Branch

Food Programs:

September 22, 2019

  • 3 pm: Guacamole Party – Portola Branch

October 15, 2019

  • 6 pm: We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream – Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Music & Dance Performances:

September 18, 2019

  • 6 pm: Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latinx Literary Variety Show (Viva Edition) – Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Rooms

September 28, 2019

  • 2 pm: Taller Bombalele – Main Library, Children’s General Floor Area

October 26, 2019

  • 3 pm: Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco – Western Addition Branch

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop:

  • 2 pm: October 27, 2019 – Park Branch
  • 6 pm: October 30, 2019 – Excelsior
  • 3 pm: October 31, 2019 – Sunset Branch

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop – Teens only:

November 1 & 2, 2019

  • 4 pm: Main Library, The Mix

Día de los Muertos Community Altar:

  • October 25, 2019 – November 4, 2019: Visitacion Valley Branch
  • October 26 – November 2, 2019: Bernal Heights Branch


October 1, 2019

  • 6:30 pm: La Guajira – Noe Valley Branch

October 5, 2019

  • 3 pm: Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother. – Main Library, Koret Auditorium

October 5, 2019

  • 2 pm: Una Noche Sin Luna/A Moonless Night – Anza Branch
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
SF Hispanic Heritage Festival | 2019

Artists’ Television Access (ATA) teams up with SFPL to mine the treasures in the Library’s 16mm film archive. That’s real film, not video.

This very special ATA@SFPL presentation is expected to include in-person appearances from the makers of both films.

La Guajira (Calogero Salvo, 1984) minutes

2019 has given moviegoers at least two new cinematic representations of the Wayúu people Indigenous to La Guajira , the northernmost peninsula of South America, jutting out from Venezuela and Colombia into the Caribbean Sea. Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego’s intergenerational epic Birds of Passage had a theatrical release this Spring, followed by the San Francisco International Film Festival selection Lapü, a poetic documentary about a “second burial” held in a traditional community.

If you saw, or missed, either of these recent features, you have another chance to immerse in the Wayúu culture and the striking landscape where they’ve abided since long before Europeans visited this Hemisphere. Made by a Venezuelan-born filmmaker who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, La Guajira is a beautiful work of collective portraiture made without voiceover narration or other obvious filmmaker intervention, in the spirit of non-fiction pioneers like Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker. Traditional music and crafts of all kinds are infused throughout a depiction of a people whose lives interweave with the natural world in ways many of us may be unfamiliar with.

Los Desarraigados a.k.a. The Uprooted (Francisco X. Camplis, 1974) minutes

A typical San Francisco day interrupted. Filmed in Mission District and Potrero Hill by one of the founders of the non-profit arts space Galería de la Raza, Los Desarraigados imagines a raid on an Anglo-run, Mexican-American-staffed factory by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the predecessor to modern-day ICE. Because the images shown may be triggering for some viewers, we will screen this film second in the program.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

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Address: 451 Jersey St., San Francisco, CA

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