Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 7th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 8th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 9th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 12th 8:15pm
Back by popular demand!

"A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature." — Scott Foundas, Variety

"A vividly observed debut feature...Bustamante dramatizes his characters and their indigenous way of life with a powerful, almost feverish sense of immersion." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Guatemala's second-ever Oscar submission is a powerfully visualized narrative enriched by feminist themes and ethnographic detail. Set in an indigenous Mayan community of coffee-farmers living in the shadow of an active volcano, the story centers on María, a restless 17-year-old indigenous girl whose parents have arranged an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer. She prefers a young worker whom she hopes will take her to the United States "on the other side of the volcano," but an unplanned pregnancy traps her between indigenous beliefs and the deceptions of the modern world. In Kaqchikel and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

JANUARY 11: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Camille Roussel, Ph.D. student in Human Development at the University of Chicago, whose scholarship focuses on gender and women's health issues among the K'ekchi' Maya in Guatemala.

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