Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliat)

Summer of Goliath is a documentary/fiction hybrid that narrates various stories of the people of the town of Huilotepec in rural Mexico. Teresa’s husband has disappeared and she believes he has left her for another woman. Gabino, her son, is a soldier who searches cars at the side of a country road, where very few cars pass by. He hopes one day him and Alberto, his soldier partner, will get machine guns to further intimidate the people driving by. Amalio, Nico, and Oscar are three brothers whose stories we learn through a series of interviews and reenactments. Their father left them many years ago, and their mother can barely support them. Oscar has gained the nickname Goliath after the mysterious death of his girlfriend.

Six Year Plan

Juan and Mercedes use their makeshift generator to keep their housewarming party going after curfew. A cop arrives to break up the rowdy noise, warning them about the unsafe neighborhood and offering protection—for a fee. The unexpected proposition causes tension between the couple and when a mysterious stalker begins to prowl they’re helpless against an increasingly bizarre and suspenseful siege. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

My Universe in Lowercase

Director Hatuey Viveros’ beautiful film unfolds as a fascinating exploration of contemporary life in Mexico, searching to understand today’s world, while portraying a younger generation who lack an understanding of their past. And as we journey with Aina on her own discovery, it becomes clear that the process of her search is just as important as the results.