The 4th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival ended on a sour note July 30 when the entrance to the festival venue, the Egyptian Theatre, was picketed by a radical Latino group protesting against DreamWorks' The Road To El Dorado.
Actor and festival president Edward James Olmos narrated the voice of a tribal chief in the animated film about two con-men who attempt to find the mysterious Mayan "City of Gold" in the 1500s. Placards outside the theatre read "Eddie Teaches our Children Lies and Racism!" and "28 Million People Killed!"
"The Road To El Dorado presents a fictional story that emanates from the enduring legend of an indigenous people and their magnificent city of gold," responded a DreamWorks spokeswoman. "It is designed as entertainment for families and cultures throughout the world."
Winners at the week-long festival were led by Chile's The Valley (El Valle) which took home best picture. Mexico's political satire Herod's Law (La Ley De Herodes), directed by Luis Estrada, won best screenplay and best director. Best documentary went to Brazil's The Charcoal People.