Bad Influence

(Mala junta)
Claudia Huaiquimilla | Fiction, Drama

2016 | 89 minutes | Chile

A reflection of the ongoing Mapuche conflict and social prejudices portrayed through the friendship and solidarity of two teenagers.


Rebellious Tano is sent from Santiago to Southern Chile under the custody of his father whom he has not seen in years. In his new school, he meets Cheo, a shy boy who gets bullied for his indigenous origins.

The two outsiders start a friendship and together, they learn how to brave their own difficulties : while Tano becomes less angry, Cheo finds strength in claiming his identity. Their involvement in the struggle with the Mapuche community will transform them.

A reflection of the ongoing Mapuche conflict portrayed through the friendship and solidarity of two pure souls, as well as the analysis of social prejudices, unspoken family stories and the daily violent routine of a community threatened by local big business and government methods of eviction.


"An honest and simple film in its dramatic structure but powerful and solid in terms of what it tells and the ability to take advantage of the director's knowledge and expertise on the subject. In this reinforcement Huaiquimilla leaves his point of view, but without leaving aside his own Mapuche origin, on the contrary, claiming it even more." - Rolando Gallego,

Main credits

Huaiquimilla, Claudia (film director)
Huaiquimilla, Claudia (screenwriter)
Greene, Pablo (screenwriter)
Bargsted, Andrew (actor)
Fernández, Eliseo (actor)
Pérez-Bannen, Francisco (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Matías Illanes; editing, Valeria Hernández; music, Miranda y Tobar.

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Valdivia International Film Festival – National Competition; Palm Springs International Film Festival – Ibero American Competition; FECIH Chile; Iquique International Film Festival; Guadalajara International Film Festival; Sofia International Film Festival; Toulouse International Film Festival; Chicago Latino Film Festival; Zlin Film Festival; FEMCINE Santiago Women';s Film Festival; BioBioCine Film Festival; Cine de Talca Film Festival; Cine las Americas International Film Festival; Seattle International Film Festival; AluCine Film Festival; Transatlantyk Film Festival; Menorca Film Festival; Festival de Cinema Latino-Americano de São Paulo; Quito International Film Festival; Cine Vina del Mar; Vancouver Latin American Film Festival; Sydney Latin American Film Festival; AFI Latin American Film Festival; Festival International de Cine de la Alturas; Rio Film Festival; Bariloche Film Festival; Tucuman Film Festival; Filmar Film Festival; Dominican Republic Film Festival; ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Claudia Huaiquimilla


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Fiction, Drama

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Mapuche

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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