7 pm. Friday, April 8. Wealthy Theatre. (map)
Mexico/ El Salvador, 2004
directed by Luis Mandoki
Written by Oscar Torres
runtime: 110 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles
Rating: This film is rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violence and some language
NOTE: Oscar Torres, the film’s screenwriter, will introduce the film. Afterwards, Mr. Torres will answer questions and discus the film, his childhood growing up in war-torn El Salvador, and the use of children in armed conflicts. More info.
The introduction and discussion featuring Mr. Torres is generously underwritten with a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thank you.
Eleven year-old Chava lives with his mother in a Salvadorian village during the 1980s. While life in the village is initially very happy, things soon take a turn for the worst as Chava and the other villagers get caught up in a civil war. With both sides recruiting child soldiers, Chava and his mother must make a choice between siding with authoritarian government soldiers or Communist rebels.
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