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November 3, 2023

Event Time: 7pm - 11pm

Location: The Million Dollar Theater/ 307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking: Grand Central Market Garage at 308 S Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Secret Movie Club is back and in partnership with the Guadalajara Film Festival as they screen the most exciting current work by LatinX, Bipoc, and emerging moviemakers. Guadalajara Film Festival takes over downtown Los Angeles from the Ace Theater to the SMC Theater to the Million Dollar Theater from Nov 1-3, 2023. They bring some of the most exciting contemporary moviemakers to the fest for Q&A's, panels, etc.

MAESTRA (2023, dir by Maggie Contreras, USA, English) tells the story of five incredible women from around the world, who are boldly breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting, take center stage in MAESTRA, filmmaker Maggie Contreras’ directorial debut.

These women gathered in Paris for ‘La Maestra’, the only competition in the world for female conductors, to show the world the singular talent that unites them and which, for far too long, has been considered the pursuit of only men. Mothers, daughters, rebels, leaders – over four days, each took to the stage to compete: a mother of young twins from Athens, determined to show her kids anything is possible; a Ukrainian doing all she can to focus on her art and the competition in front of her while Russia invades; a Polish student just starting out; a newlywed American grappling with the decision to start a family; and a French immigrant returning to the city that closed its doors to her many years ago. Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the drama and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event.

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