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SJ Main Muñoz
United States, 2018, 18 min.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Includes violence.

In this Western set on the rural coast of California in the 1920s, a teenager struggles to come of age in a racialized society.

Director's Statement

While this film presents a very simple series of events on the surface in its plot and shows us the emotional dynamics of a boy struggling to become a man as he relates to the expectations of his mother and the loss of his father, in the "bigger picture", it presents many complex questions and ideas ¦such as Who is the guilty party? Is there only one guilty party in a racially divided and thus violent society? Can any side ever accept guilt and apologize? Can forgiveness exist in a polarized society? As viewers may note, it's a pessimistic view on our society, but that's what I'm experiencing right now, and I know many others feel the same. Hopefully it's a reminder that things must change. We must find a way to live together.

Category: Western.
Themes: Crime, Mexican Culture, Family, Identity, Youth.

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