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Program 10 - 'The Second Mother'

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

¿Dónde Están? - Scottish artist Jan Nimmo's striking and beautiful tribute to the 43 students murdered by drug cartels in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The victims, mostly men in their 20's, were studying to become teachers at a college in rural Ayotzinapa. On September 26, they traveled on buses and vans to nearby Iguala for a protest about lack of funding for their school. They haven't been seen or heard from since. (UK, 2015, 5 min) 

The Second Mother An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, centering around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. (Brazil, 2015, 112 min)

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