A film premiere followed by music, dance and live drama



Sat Dec. 10, 2016

3:00 pm

La Nacional

239 W 14th St.


We have had last-minute program changes. Please check our website (where red text indicates schedule changes), downloadable pdf program, and online box office. We regret any inconvenience.

Short Film Premiere in New York City

with Lara Bello. Live Performances Follow!

El Buen Árbol Animation Studio (from Granada, Spain)  and Lara Bello, Granada-born singer and composer who now lives between New York and Granada, are proud to announce that they will screen their short film Sikame in November and December in Spain and in New York. Sikame took over two years of painstaking work and heralds a new recording with the same title that Lara will launch in 2017. El Buen Árbol, founded by internationally renowned Raúl Ruiz («El Niño de las Pinturas») and Lucas Carrillo, will first send their short film on a tour of Granada and Barcelona, then to Manhattan where it has its US premiere on Saturday December 10 at La Nacional, 239 West 14th Street. The premiere is part of the annual Cycle  event that Bronx World Film holds there since its founding in 2011.




​An international singer and composer, Lara lives between her native Granada and New York City. In 2010 her debut Niña pez won her Spanish World Music Artist of the Year by World Music Charts Europe and the Spanish Embassy chose her to represent Spain at the Kennedy Center’s European Cultural Month. In 2013 Primero amarillo, después malva, dedicated to Granada and with support from the Office of the Granada International Festival, received critical acclaim in the US. In 2013 she released Por el agua de Granada, a collection of Andalusian and Spanish folk songs rescued from extinction by Lorca, and Gharnati, celebrating the millenium of Granada’s Arabic Kingdom.  A student of classical music, jazz, overtone singing, Buddhist chant, flamenco dance and song, and Arabic dance, she creates crossculture collaborations for peace and cultural dialogue with female inmates, children and Music Therapy.



The New York City-based tango sextet aims to explore the vast repertoire of vibrant and passionate music from Buenos Aires, infusing it with the vitality of this city while respecting the essence of its tradition.

Rodolfo Zanetti, Javier Sánchez (bandoneons)

Sergio R. Reyes, Sara Silva (violins)

Antonio Boyadjian (piano)

Pablo Lanouguere (double bass)


A highly-in-demand percussionist, Rex plays a dazzling array of instruments in a dazzling array of styles. He performs all over New York City and also plays frequently on national and international tours.


A musician of great versatility, Camran is a master of the kemancheh (Persian spike fiddle) and a guitarist who plays with equal fluency blues, rock and folk.




Actor of stage and screen, director, former Executive Director of the Stella Adler Conservatory and now a math teacher in the South Bronx, Hossein Fassa returns for a second year to our event. He is the director of a short dance drama that will follow the screening of Sikame.


Sabrina is a woman of many talents. She is an actress, poet, flamenco dancer and a professional in the field of social justice.



“Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God.”



Flamenco Dancer and Poet

In addition to her artistry as a flamenco dancer, Silvia Siller is an award-winning poet, writer, translator, communications consultant and arts promoter. She has penned two original plays, Este nuestro espacio, a flamenco play, and El monólogo de la gitana, containing her original poetry. Her collection of poems De mariposas y mantis won second place for poetry at the International Latino Book Award 2015.  Her most recent collection of poetry, Madrugada #5, earned Best Translation from Spanish to English at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. She is of Mexican-Nicaraguan descent and in addition to English and Spanish speaks French, Portuguese and Italian.


Counselor and Bellydancer


(Belly dancer) Meesha grew up with soulful Arab rhythms and haunting melodies at her relatives’ restaurant and club, The Middle East. At three she stood up and did a toddler’s version of a belly dance, launching a life-long love affair with the performing arts of her cultural background which have been a predominant part of her work-life. She has performed at folk art festivals, Middle Eastern clubs, museums, international and private events. As a Performing Arts Educator for the Spiced Route Ensemble, she presents multi-cultural assemblies and workshops. She has also choreographed Andalusian/Middle fusion dance with Anna Rubio, master Flamenco dancer and creator of Herencia Árabe.


Screenwriter and Bellydancer

Jimena believes the trials and tribulations of an artistic creation are worth it.  She started dancing at age 14 at the “Mercedes Agurcia Membreño” Honduran National Ballet where she learned ballet, contemporary, flamenco, jazz, tango, and folklore. She found her passion in performing and teaching belly dance, has produced six belly dance shows and cofounded a belly dance troupe. She is a certified Zumba instructor. “Dance, move, and keep moving… That’ll make you happy,” says Jimena.

Mimi Ortiz


Sun. Dec. 10 2016

3:45 pm & 4:45 pm

La Nacional

239 W 14th St.




Michelle Ortiz, known to friends as “Mimi,” is 16 years old and has been singing since she was able to talk. She has never taken a singing class, but her natural sense for ballads and rhythm and blues has won her a growing body of admirers on social media. A native New Yorker of Honduran descent, she also enjoys acting, dancing, and playing the piano. She has always taken to the stage and loves singing for a large audience of people. She strives to achieve her dreams of becoming a professional singer and song writer.


Michelle Ortiz

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