PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN
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Salvadoran-Mexican documentarian Tatiana Huezo (TEMPESTAD) makes her narrative debut with this powerful adaptation of Jennifer Clement's bestselling 2014 novel, which explores the lives of three young girls impacted by Mexico's ongoing cartel wars. In a rural mountain town besieged by violence, Ana and her two best friends are on the cusp of adolescence, having grown up together being taught by their mothers how best to flee and hide from being abducted or disappeared as pawns in local gang warfare. The trio create their own world, taking over abandoned houses, play-acting their impending adulthood and finding joy and magic amidst fear. But when one of the girls is kidnapped on the way to their hideout, the safe-guarded world the young women knew is plunged into uncertainty and anguish. Doubling as a condemnation of Mexico's violent drug trade, this coming-of-age story manages to find moments of true beauty and resilience among the stark realism of its images. DIR/SCR Tatiana Huezo, from the novel by Jennifer Clement; PROD Nicolás Celis, Jim Stark. Mexico/Germany/Brazil/Qatar, 2021, color, 110 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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Presented by Telemundo 44.
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