Since 2000, Brazil has had relatively weak economic growth. Nevertheless, the labor market and income distribution have been improving consistently. Saboia will discuss Brazil’s performance and provide an interpretation of the simultaneity of these apparently inconsistent results and what they mean for the future.
Directed by Mariana Rondón (Venezuela, 2013)
Nine-year-old Junior wants to look like a pop star and have his “bad hair” straightened for the yearbook picture. His mother, disturbed by what she considers effeminate behavior, tries to stop him. Their conflict escalates until Junior is forced to make a painful decision. 93 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Rodrigo H. Vila (Argentina, 2013)
One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa “fought South America’s dictators with her voice.” This intimate documentary follows the arc of her 50-year career and explores the impact she had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America. 93 minutes. Spanish, Portuguese, French with English subtitles.
Directed by Shaul Schwarz (Mexico, 2013)
To a growing number of Latinos, narco-traffickers have become heroic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their success. “Narco Cultura” explores both the grisly reality and the pop fantasy of the drug war by contrasting the experiences of a crime scene investigator in Ciudad Juárez and a narcocorrido singer in Los Angeles. 102 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Fernando Coimbra (Brazil, 2013)
A love triangle intersects with a kidnapping in this twist-filled Brazilian thriller. Inspired by real events, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra’s debut feature captures every parent’s worst nightmare, casting light upon the cruelties of which humans are capable. 108 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.