Bad Hair, Mariana Rondón (Venezuela/Peru, 2013)
San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA
In a Caracas tenement high-rise, Marta is raising two children alone, their father long gone and her security job recently terminated. Broke and desperate, she finds a focal point for her frustrations: her ten-year-old elder son Junior’s curious new determination to straighten his frizzy interracial hair. He wants to look like the people he watches on TV—not actually be a beauty contestant or singer, but simply resemble one.
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