La Playa D.C.

La Playa D.C.
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La Playa D.C.
Colombia, 2012, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Brazil, France
Topics: Coming of Age, Latino
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

When their father is killed in the seaside town of Buenaventura, three teenage Afro-Colombian brothers flee the civil war and land in the capital, Bogotá. Their mother’s new boyfriend soon kicks them out and they must fend for themselves. The sounds of local hip-hop pour forth from the streets as Chaco dreams of going to the U.S. and Jairo falls into crack addiction and debt. 13-year-old Tomas first tries his hand at cleaning hubcaps, then finds a place for his creative talent working as an apprentice in a barbershop, creating “tropas,” the elaborate and fanciful hair designs popular with young Afro-Colombian men.

With a probing, hand-held camera and an instinctive feel for the throbbing pulse of his native Bogotá, director Juan Andres Arango Garcia brings his highly topical narrative to life with a commitment to social realism. The story is ultimately a hopeful one, eschewing sentimentality but affirming the possibility for youths like Tomas to find their way on the tough streets of Bogotá rather than emigrating or escaping into crime and drug addiction. An official selection of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Juan Andrés Arango Garcia
Producer: Jorge Andres Botero, Diana Bustamente
Editor: Felipe Guerrero
Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Arango
Cinematographer: Nicolás Canniccioni
Music: Various
Principal Cast: Luis Carlos Guevara, Andrés Murillo, James Solís
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: ArtMattan Productions - www.africanfilm.com

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