Iowa’s First Latino Film Festival Announced

The first Latino film festival will take place at Des Moines’ Riverside Park. Photo: Latino Center of Iowa.

Des Moines will host the state’s first Latino film festival June 19-20 at Riverview Park; virtual viewings also will be available. The Latino Center of Iowa is presenting the event in partnership with the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

The celebration will be broken into two parts, the first a street party on June 18 off 16th Street in downtown Des Moines, with food, performers, activities and more. Then, on June 19 and 20, organizers will showcase international Latino films as well as local Latino filmmakers.

“Our primary goal of the festival is to celebrate the rich and diverse culture as well as raise awareness of our Latino communities here in central Iowa,” Luis Leon, chair of the Latino Center of Iowa, said in an announcement at the State Historical Society of Iowa last week.

The festival is free, but organizers are accepting donations. Stay up to date on the Latino Center of Iowa’s website.

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