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La Llorona 18

Part of New Central American Cinema
Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, France, 2019, 97m.

The screening on 17 May will be followed by a discussion with Maria Chiara D'Argenio (UCL), who specialises in indigenous cultures and ethnicity in Latin American cinema.

Alma is murdered with her children during a military attack in Guatemala, but 30 years later when the general who ordered the genocide is found not guilty, Alma comes back to the world of the living to torment the man.

Part-political drama, part-supernatural thriller, La Llorona conjures the Guatemalan folkloric 'weeping woman' to make a powerful statement about a dark episode in the country's recent history, during which military leaders attempted to erase indigenous tribes.

A beautiful and haunting film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, La Llorona was selected as the Guatemalan entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards.

Screenings of La Llorona will be preceded by Camino, a short film by Veronica Sacalxot, produced by The Lemow Collective, which focuses on women’s lives in Guatemala.

María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kénefic

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