Celebrating its 25th edition, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.

Highlights of the festival include a FREE sneak preview of animated adventure THE BOOK OF LIFE, produced by Guillermo del Toro; Argentine thriller 7TH FLOOR, starring Ricardo Darín; PARADISE, a light-hearted rom-com about weight loss from Mexico's Mariana Chenillo (NORA'S WILL); TO KILL A MAN, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Competition at the Sundance Film Festival; Spanish filmmaker David Trueba's LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED, winner of six Goya Awards; Brazilian animated fantasy THE BOY AND THE WORLD, awarded the top prize at this year's Annecy Animated Film Festival; Chile's ILLITERATE, starring Paulina García (GLORIA); Costa Rica's deadpan cockfighting comedy ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS; the US premiere of Colombia's GENTE DE BIEN, straight from its debut at the Cannes Film Festival; and the world premiere of THE CROW'S NEST, the first narrative feature from El Salvador in more than 40 years.
Celebrating 25 Years of Latin American Cinema at AFI Silver

Continue the legacy by making a $5 donation during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15) at the AFI Silver box office or by clicking here. Thank you for your support!

Look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in the Washington Post on September 12!

Tickets & Festival Passes!

$13 General Admission
$10 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)

Ticketholder Benefits
Show your festival film ticket stub at Fenwick Beer & Wine (1327 Fenwick Ln) during the festival for 10% off!


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 more than $500!

Passholder Benefits
Show your Pase Especial at La Malinche restaurant (8622 Colesville Rd) during the festival for 20% off!
Show your Pase Especial at Fenwick Beer & Wine (1327 Fenwick Ln) during the festival for 20% off!

$150 General Public/$125 AFI Members and Students


Stop by the AFI Silver Café every Thursday and Friday during the festival from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour! Happy Hours feature complimentary snacks courtesy of La Malinche, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: September 19, 25 & 26; October 2

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

Opening Night:

THE LIBERATOR [Libertador]
2014 Oscar® Selection, Venezuela

Introduction by Marie Arana, author of "Bolivar: American Liberator," plus post-screening reception sponsored by Café Azul on Sep 18


A larger-than-life hero gets the big-screen treatment he deserves in this epic biopic, the story of freedom fighter Simón Bolívar (Édgar Ramírez, CARLOS), the caddish aristocrat-turned-revolutionary who rallied against the Spanish crown in his quest for South American independence. Written by Timothy J. Sexton (CHILDREN OF MEN), directed by celebrated Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo and featuring the first score composed for the screen by Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan music director of the LA Philharmonic. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto Film Festival, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.

DIR/PROD Alberto Arvelo; SCR Timothy J. Sexton; PROD Winfried Hammacher, Ana Loehnert. Venezuela/Spain, 2013, color, 119 min. In Spanish, English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Official site

No passes accepted.

Opening Night: Thu, Sep 18, 7:15 (also showing Sat, Sep 27, 7:15)

Encore screenings just added: Sat, Oct 4, 4:45; Sun, Oct 5, 4:45

AFI would like to thank the following supporters:



Capella Washington DC Georgetown Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Kesta Happening DC


La Malinche La Malinche Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nando's Peri-Peri Silver Spring TD Bank

Festival Underwriters

Globox Inter-American Development Bank Todo Cine Latino


Embajada Argentina Embassy of Chile Embassy of the Dominica Republic

Mexican Cultural Institute Mexican Cultural Institute Spain Arts and Culture