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The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is pleased to present the next edition of Cine Nepantla featuring a virtual screening of the Costa Rican film Ceniza Negra, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and led the way for a whole community of female-directed Costa Rican films that are now taking the world by storm.
Ceniza Negra is a heartwarming coming-of-age story, written and directed by Sofia Quiros Ubeda and starring an all Afro-Latina/o cast, with breakthrough performances by Smashleen Gutierrez, Humberto Samuels and Hortensia Smith. The screening is part of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
Selva (13) lives in a coastal town in the Caribbean. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, she is left to take care of her grandfather who does not want to live. Between shadows and wild games, she must decide if she will help her grandfather die, even though that means going through her last moments of childhood alone. Selva discovers that when we die, we just shed our skin. We can turn into wolves, goats, shadows, or anything as long as your imagination allows it.
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