DOC NYC Selects a Handful of Latino-Themed Docs for its 3rd Edition

DOC NYC, New York’s Documentary Festival has announced its lineup for its third edition, which will take place November 8-15 at the IFC Center and Chelsea’s SVA Theater, showcasing 115 films, including a handful of Latino-themed films: the feature films La Camioneta, Shenandoah, Searching for Sugar Man, and the short films Crooked Lines and The Needle.

This year's DOC NYC will present the local premiere of La Camioneta, directed by Mark Kendall, which shows the migration of decommissioned American school buses that to Guatemala where they are repaired, repainted and resurrected as brightly-colored camionetas. This film follows  on bus and the five lives it intertwines with during its transformation.

Shenandoah directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Turnley is the portrait of a U.S. community on trial. A town’s identity in disrepair when four football stars are charged in the beating and murder of an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis Ramirez. DOC NYC will also present a special screening of Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man, which is currently out in theaters, about Mexican-American singer Sixto Rodriguez.

From a clandestine cosmetic clinic in his modest home in Puerto Rico, Carmen Oquendo-Villar and José Correa-Vigier's The Needle follows José Quiñones who deals both treatment and advice. But in spite of the tight bond he has formed with his largely LGBT clientele, Quiñones decides to reach out to the estranged family that rejected him.

Lucy Walker's short film Crooked Lines is the story of Ailson Eraclito Da Silva, the best rower in Brazilian history, the Micheal Phelps of his sport. Growing up in a leper colony on the banks of the Amazon, he’s constantly discriminated against. His dream, though, is to win Olympic Gold. But Ailson has an Achilles heel — he’s heavy for the lightweight category he competes in.