FuerzaFest, a 12-day celebration of LGBT Latino culture in New York, launches May 10 at the Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center, with a wide selection of films, one-act plays, workshops, panels, art exhibits, networking events, and more.
The theme for the fest’s sophomore outing, “Breaking Down Walls,” addresses intersectional issues including undocumented immigrants, religion, LGBT youth and the challenges facing Latinos in the current political climate.
One of the featured films, Viva, chronicles a young gay man’s desire to perform at his local drag club.
Fuerzafest will also honor the 49 victims of last year’s Pulse Nightclub shooting, many of whom were Latino and LGBT, with a memorial installation spotlighting each victim’s story, and musical and performance tributes. Ricardo Negrón, a Pulse survivor and director of the Project Somos Orlando, will appear on an opening-day panel.
“The last year has seen an alarming rise in homophobia and xenophobia as a direct result of the hateful narrative in our national political debate,” festival director Mario Colón said in a statement. “Now more than ever we need to revisit how our communities respond to and resist these threats.”
All FuerzaFest film screenings are free and open to the public. For additional information and the complete schedule of events, go to the festival website.