Guatemalan director Sergio Ramírez's (DISTANCIA) sophomore feature, produced and co-written by produced by the Oscar®-shortlisted filmmaker Jayro Bustamante (LA LLORONA, IXCANUL), charts a dark chapter in recent Guatemalan history with an unexpected coming-of-age perspective on the country's brutal civil war — and the mostly unreported and unpunished genocide that accompanied it — seen through the actions of a gang of upper-middle-class youths hellbent on hunting down and sometimes killing indigenous, working-class young men. It's 1991 and Guatemala is in the midst of a bitter civil war, but for indigenous teens Daniel (Eduardo Cabrera) and Beto (Brandon Lopez), life is more about chasing girls, practicing their break-dancing moves and earning enough money cleaning the pools of the city's elite to have fun on the weekends. That is, until the boys' new classmate, Tony (Juan Jose Muralles) — a wealthy white bad boy expelled from his private school — becomes fast friends with Daniel when they bond over soccer. Quickly thrust into an alluring, privileged world of private clubs, money and girls, Daniel can't believe his luck. But his new friendship has a dark side as he finds himself expected to tag along as Tony and his friends roam around the city with baseball bats, harassing and beating the indigenous kids of Daniel's neighborhood for sport. Expected to deny his identity and betray his roots, Daniel finds the price of assimilation is much higher than he ever anticipated. Official Selection, 2021 Miami Film Festival. DIR/SCR Sergio Ramírez; SCR César Díaz; SCR/PROD Jayro Bustamante; PROD Joaquín Ruano. Guatemala, 2021, color, 70 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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