ON THE STARTING LINE

U.S. Premiere

[LA ARRANCADA]

Brazilian filmmaker Aldemar Matias crafts a sensitive snapshot of family life amidst cultural transition in this portrait of a young runner facing uncertainty about her future on Cuba's national team. With her father in prison, Jenniffer lives with her doting mother Marbelis – the strong-willed manager of a government fumigation center – and her adventurous brother Yeyo, who is preparing to move to Chile. A recent injury has led Jenniffer to consider quitting her athletic career — but she's equally unsure about finding her place as part of a generation torn between tradition and modernity. Seen from the perspective of a mother and daughter navigating various crossroads together, this quietly powerful, subtly humorous and poignant documentary is a thought-provoking insight into daily Cuban life. Official Selection, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. DIR/SCR Aldemar Matias; PROD David Hurst. Cuba/Brazil/France, 2019, color, 63 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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63 Minutes
Documentary
Sunday, September 22, 2019

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