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Festival Showcases Films By & About, Latinos

Houston Matters learns more about the films being screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival, which runs March 22-25.

Rich Kids
A scene from the movie Rich Kids, by Houston filmmaker Laura Somers.

A few years ago, some kids broke into the home of filmmaker Laura Somers’ parents while they were away. She says the evidence left behinds shows the kids lived in the house, “having the time of their lives before it ended in tragedy.” Somers has used the events as the basis for her film Rich Kids.

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A scene from the movie Rich Kids by Houston filmmaker Laura Somers.

Rich Kids tells the story of underprivileged youth in today’s society through the eyes of six Latino teens who decide to break into the mansion of their rich neighbors, known as “Los Ricos.” The film gives audiences a glimpse into the despair, hopes, and dreams that youth from low-income communities go through daily.

The movie is making its world premiere at this year’s Houston Latino Film Festival, which runs March 22-25. The event showcases films made by Latino filmmakers or that deal with themes and issues connected to Latino culture. This is the festival’s third year.

Pedro Rivas, the festival’s program director, tells Houston Matters about the event and the films being screened this year.

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