SUMMER 1993 (Estiu 1993) Carla Simón / Spain / 96 min / 2017 / Catalán with English subtitles In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents to AIDS, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians. Unfortunately, the transition is not easy for Frida. Confronting the adult matters of death and religion through the eyes of a child, Simón captures exactly what it feels like to grow up in an adult world.
Tatiana Huezo / Mexico / 105 min / 2016 / Spanish with English subtitles
A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance. On a normal day on her way to work, Miriam is arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. While the government reports that a criminal gang has been rounded up, in reality a group of innocent Mexicans has fallen victim to the vagaries of a corrupt system. After her detention, she is handed over to a private prison controlled by the Organized Crime, where she is forced to pay a monthly fee to remain alive. Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed; every night during the show, she evokes her missing daughter, Monica.
THE BOSS, ANATOMY OF A CRIME (El patrón, radiografía de un crimen)
Sebastián Schindel / Argentina, Venezuela / 98 Min / 2014 / Spanish with English subtitles
Based on a true story, The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime is a neo-realistic portrait of the inhumane work environment, and the power imbalances existing between worker and employer. The award-winning film tells the unsettling story of Hermógenes, a humble illiterate farmhand who arrives in Buenos Aires in search of a job. Having been filled with self-deprecation and feelings of uselessness ever since he was stamped “not apt” on his military papers because of his limp, Hermógenes doesn’t expect much. So when Don Latuada puts him in charge of one of his butcher shops, he is extremely grateful. In exchange, he forces him to disguise and sell rotten meat while subjecting him, by means of pressure and extortion, to a modern day slavery situation.