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The NY International Latino Film Festival is underway in New York City and there are great films to see today, including 'Check Yo Self,' the first of four short films' collections presented at the Festiva.

See the NYILFF2012 site for the full schedule of screenings and events, but know that these are some of the great films on offer today Thursday, August 16:

La Mujer De Iván (Ivan's Woman)
Young Natalia has lived as a prisoner in Ivan's house. Despite the disturbing situation, a strange familial connection has developed between the two, which is challenged when Natalia experiences a sexual awakening that gives her unprecedented power she's never felt before.

Zoológico (Zoo)
In a posh suburb of Santiago de Chile, a group of Americanized teenagers are obsessed with the world that the Internet offers. As they become absorbed with sex, drugs and the promise of fame, they slowly become disassociated from their family, their culture and even morality.

Elliot Loves
The story of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is side-kick and confidant to his barely-keeping-it-together single mom; and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. A comedy-drama that shows you can survive anything life throws at you -just "keep it cute, papi."

Love, Concord
Caught between his Latino culture and the challenges of American suburbia, Gerry, a typical high school class clown, attempts to climb the social ladder at the expense of his future. But when Melinda, the school bookworm, agrees to a date with him, his world is turned upside down.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILERS OF THESE FILMS AND MORE FROM NYILFF 2012:

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  • La Mujer De Iván (Ivan's Woman)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/lamujerdeivnivanswoman_franciscasilva_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Young Natalia has lived as a prisoner in Ivan's house. Despite the disturbing situation, a strange familial connection has developed between the two, which is challenged when Natalia experiences a sexual awakening that gives her unprecedented power she's never felt before.

  • Zoológico (Zoo)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/zoolgicozoo_rodrigomarin_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> In a posh suburb of Santiago de Chile, a group of Americanized teenagers are obsessed with the world that the Internet offers. As they become absorbed with sex, drugs and the promise of fame, they slowly become disassociated from their family, their culture and even morality.

  • Elliot Loves

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elliotloves_terracino_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> The story of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is side-kick and confidant to his barely-keeping-it-together single mom; and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. A comedy-drama that shows you can survive anything life throws at you -just "keep it cute, papi."

  • Love, Concord

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/loveconcord_gustavoguardado_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Caught between his Latino culture and the challenges of American suburbia, Gerry, a typical high school class clown, attempts to climb the social ladder at the expense of his future. But when Melinda, the school bookworm, agrees to a date with him, his world is turned upside down.

  • A Novela Das 8 (Prime Time Soap)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/anoveladas8primetimesoap_odilonrocha_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Brazil. 1978. Dora, a high-class prostitute, her best friend Amanda, Vicente, a revolutionary, his brother Pedro and Caio, a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality, are caught up in disco fever and the fantasy of the prime time soap, "Dancin Days." Before long, their lives will collide.

  • El Hoyo Del Diablo (The Devil's Hole)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elhoyodeldiablothedevilshole_yinnadelacruz_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> After the death of her father, young Sofia is tormented by a witch who demands that she embark on a journey to a remote and deserted house to solve the mystery of her father's death.

  • Filly Brown (NYILFF 2012 Opening Night Feature)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/fillybrown_youssefdelara_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 14, Tuesday</a> "Majo" Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record contract could be the ticket out for her struggling family. But taking the deal means selling out her talent and the true friends who helped her to the cusp of success. A portrait of an artist forced to discover her authentic voice, Filly Brown percolates with the raw energy of hope sprung from desperation. Directed with tenacious grit by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, propelled by an exceptional cast, and fused with a fierce hip-hop score, Filly Brown heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the title role. A dazzling new star, Rodriguez not only lights up the screen, but she could conquer the airwaves as well.

  • Buscando A Larisa (Looking For Larisa)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/buscandoalarisalookingforlarisa_andrspardo_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> One day filmmaker Andres Pardo stumbles across 2,000 feet of Super 8 footage at a flea market. Home movies shot during the 1970s, at their center is a lovely young blond-haired girl, Larisa. Teaming up with a photographer friend, Pardon decides to investigate, uncovering the fascinating story behind the footage.

  • El Médico: The Cubatón Story

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elmdicothecubatnstory_danielfridell_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> High up in the Sierra Maestra mountains, where Castro's revolution began, "El Medico", a doctor and musician, serves the cause. When a Swedish music producer sees "El Medico" as the next big thing, Communist ideals collide with capitalist dreams, with the magic and beauty of Cuba and her music as backdrop.

  • Delusions Of Grandeur

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/delusionsofgrandeur_irisalmaraz_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> Lucy, an overmedicated, emotionally unstable girl, decides to go off her Prozac and start a new life in the crazy, wonderful, gender-bending city of San Francisco. With the transgendered Illusion as her sidekick, she goes in search of her mother -- and herself.

  • Sangre De Familia (Family Blood)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/sangredefamiliafamilyblood_eduardorosoff_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> When Alejandro delves into the secret of his father's mysterious death, he comes across a family that seemingly lives forever and a beautiful young lady whom he may know from a past life.

The 13th New York International Latino Film Festival 2012 (NYILFF12) presented by HBO runs August 13-19 in New York City. The festival is presenting 29 feature length films and 33 short films, alongside panel discussions and related events. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.nylatinofilm.com.