Latin American Jewels

The IFF Panamá Channel offers the best in Latin American and Spanish films. Available on all aircraft equipped with the Showpass Cup entertainment system and those with individual AVOD screens.

The Golden Cage

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

This Mexican drama is one of the decade’s most successful Latin American films, winning more than 30 awards at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Mar de Plata, and Havana. It tells the story of three young Guatemalans and an indigenous Tzotzil youth from the state of Chiapas who dream of emigrating to the United States. Together they’ll attempt to survive the dangers experienced by thousands of Mexican and Central American migrants, taking refuge in love and friendship.

The film’s director, Diego Quemada-Díez, graduated from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Although born in Spain, Quemada-Díez has lived in the Americas for more than 20 years and is now a Mexican citizen. The Golden Cage is his first film as director, but he has worked as a cameraman or camera assistant on a score of productions, including major films such as 21 Grams (Alejandro González Iñárritu) and The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles).

The Winter

Director: Emiliano Torres

Evans, the aging foreman on a ranch in Patagonia, is fired after lifelong service only to be replaced by Jara, a young and skillful laborer arrived from distant lands. Under these new circumstances, each looks for ways to survive the winter.

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Director: Oskar Santos

Two mischievous twins are sent to a reformatory where games are prohibited. The youngsters experience the greatest adventure of their lives after founding the Marbles Gang, a group of young resistors that challenges the adult authorities, discovering a mysterious secret hidden in the school.

The Night My Mother

Killed My Father

Director: Inés París

A group of Spanish film professionals gather in a house to try to convince Argentine actor Diego Peretti to star in the new movie they are going to make. But a fatal setback changes the course of the evening and the encounter doesn’t end as they expected.


Director: Carlos Lechuga

Melaza, a village in the interior of Cuba, suffers a deep economic crisis when the local sugar mill closes down. A young couple breeches the limits of right and wrong to survive and advance as the world crashes down around them.

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