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El Quixote Festival Events


9/29 – 10/17
Full Schedule Here

As always, all festival events are free and open to the public.

Ser Plantas | Being Plants

Plants are at the first level of every food chain. Autotrophs are usually plants or one-celled organisms. Scientists call them “producers” because they make their own food. Nearly all autotrophs use a process called photosynthesis to create “food” (a nutrient called glucose) from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. In Indigenous America, Inti (the sun) is the god of life, the creator of photosynthesis. Cinema is another form of photosynthesis, a light that creates food for inspiration. NCLAFF 2023 will be honoring plants, as present in the everyday, in the landscape, and the economies that have had an important impact in the region (timber, rubber, sugar, banana, coca, etc.). Not all festival films will have plants as a theme, but every person lives within a landscape shaped, contained, and supported by them.

Curated by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo and Manuel Sánchez Cabrera

Maps to locations of the festival


Fri, 9/29 @ 7pm
We Are Guardians
Rubenstein Film Theater, Duke University
Tue, 10/3 @ 7pm
Gods of Mexico
with short films by Elvira Palafox

Carolina Theatre, Durham


Thu, 10/5 @ 7pm
Richard White Lecture Hall,
Duke University
Fri, 10/6 @ 7pm
Forest Mind & Polinizadorxs 
Mandela Auditorium, UNC-CH

Sun, 10/8 @ 7pm
Home is Somewhere Else + Eami: La Memoría del monte (The Memory of the Forest)
Chelsea Theater, Chapel Hill
Wed, 10/11 @ 7pm
Fidel, Niño Valiente
(Fidel, Brave Child)
Virtual via Zoom

Thu, 10/12 @ 7pm
Indigenous Short Films
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke
Tue, 10/17 @ 7pm
Este país que me robaron
Mandela Auditorium, UNC-CH