Friday, September 30th

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Murals + Narratives of Activism + Community Voices — 4:00pm


Visit the Digital Nest to checkout the website launch of, created by WFF alum Marisol Medina Cadena. Come learn about the stories behind the murals in Watsonville, meet local muralists, see a photo exhibit, and share your memories of Watsonville murals at our community partner Digital NEST (across the street from the Fox Theater).

Local Youth Shorts — 5:30pm [Free Screening]

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Latino Americans in the Pájaro Valley

Digital NEST Filmmakers - Directors Attending

The Digital NEST, Watsonville Public Library & Watsonville Film Festival present a series of short oral histories of Latino Americans living & working in the Pájaro Valley.

Una serie de cortometrajes hecho de estudiantes sobre los latinoamericanos que viven en Watsonville y los alrededores.

[45 min. English & Spanish with English subtitles. All ages]


Landfill Harmonic — 7:00pm


Landfill Harmonic

Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan youth musical group whose families live and work near a dump — and they play instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. But when a natural disaster strikes their region, musical director Favio Chávez must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

[84 min. Spanish with English subtitles. All ages]


Opening Performance by El Sistema Santa Cruz Youth Music Group


Viva — 9:15pm



Paddy Breathnach

Jesus (Héctor Medina), a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly re-enters his life, Jesus’ world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over expectations, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family. Viva was Ireland’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award for 2015.

[100 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R]