Two LPB Funded Films Screening at the New York International Latino Film Festival



LPB is delighted to announce the screening of PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE
(produced by Ari Luis Palos/directed by Eren Isabel Mc Ginnis) and GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR (produced by Paco de Onis/directed by Pamela Yates) at this year’s New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF). This will be the east coast premiere for PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE

Launched in 1999, the NYILFF is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003. For more information about the NYILFF, please visit theirwebsite HERE


Director: Ari Luis Palos
Producer: Eren Isabel McGinnis
Documentary/75 Minutes
Wednesday, August 17th, 4:00 pm (Screen7)
Thursday, August 18th, 4:00 pm (Screen 8)
Watch the trailer here! Purchase tickets here!


PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE interweaves the transformative stories of students in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. The program has become a model of educational success with 100% of their students graduating from high school and 82% attending college. We filmed their social justice throughout an entire school year to document disenfranchised youth becoming engaged, informed and active Chicanos. However, Arizona lawmakers believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and that the classes teach anti-American, anti- capitalist destructive ethnic chauvinism.

PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE is a co-production of Dos Vatos Productions and ITVS, produced  in association with Latino Public Broadcasting andArizona Public Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


Producer: Paco de Onis
Director: Pamela Yates
Documentary/80 Minutes
Wednesday, August 17th, 8:30 pm (Screen 8)
Watch the trailer here! Purchase tickets here

GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.

GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR is a co-production of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and ITVS, produced in association with LPB, with funding provided by CPB. For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at:


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