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La Llorona + filmmaker Q&A

All Equal?

22 November 2021 | 5:55pm - 8:15pm

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: La Llorona

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Countries of production: Guatemala | Year: 2019 | Length: 97 min
Language: Mayan-Ixil, Mayan-Kaqchikel, Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

A stunning piece of political horror and magical realism, La Llorona reimagines the weeping woman as an avenger for the crimes committed against Indigenous peoples in Guatemala.

A retired military general accused of genocide against the Mayan peoples has his conviction overturned by the high court. Crowds congregate outside his family’s mansion in mass protest, trapping them inside. In this claustrophobic setting, the arrival of a young Kaqchikel woman as the family’s new housekeeper triggers a series of supernatural events – forcing them to confront the crimes of their patriarch and a bloody national past.

Content notes: Depictions of blood, violence, death, nudity and genocide. References to violence, rape, racism, genocide


Beyond the Screen

We’re honoured to be welcoming acclaimed director Jayro Bustamante in live online conversation after the film. Join us to explore the power of Indigenous myth and language in cinema, storytelling as a vessel for justice, the political potential of genre, and much more.

This screening is supported by CinemaAttic and Film Hub Scotland.

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