Curaçao/Netherlands 2020, 86 min Director Eché Janga
This visually spellbinding feature from Dutch director Eché Janga brims with a sense of wonder that occasionally recalls Benh Zeitlin’s magical-realist drama Beasts of the Southern Wild as tragedy and heartache lurk beneath folklore and fantasy. On the Dutch Caribeean island of Curaçao, otherworldly beliefs permeate the solitary life of fiery 11-year-old Kenza (the sublimely spunky Tiara Richards), who plays hooky from school and tries to sell lizards in her free time. Ostracized by classmates and grieving the loss of her mother, the willful Kenza feels caught between her strict police-officer father’s cynicism and her grandfather’s shamanic ways, rooted in the local slave traditions. With a lyrical soundtrack, lush colors, and stunning cinematography that eschew the easily picturesque, Janga’s quietly seething film manages a sensuous toughness, and celebrates its young protagonist’s resilience. –Ela Bittencourt
In Papiamento & Dutch with English subtitles
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Sponsored by T. WOLF
Sunday, Oct 10, 12:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Amsterdam-based Eché Janga is a director of commercials, television, and films. He made his first, Helium, in 2014. His second feature, Buladó, won the grand prize for Best Live Action Feature at the New York International Children’s Film Festival and the Golden Calf at the Nederlands Film Festival.