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2022 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival: La Llorona
October 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Dir. by Jayro Bustamante. Guatemala. 2019. 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.
In memory of Professor Diane Nelson. Introduction by Professor Orin Starn.