My Brothers Dream Awake

(Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos)
Claudia Huaiquimilla | Drama, Fiction

2021 | 85 minutes | Chile

Ángel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends.


Ángel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends with whom they spend their days sharing dreams of freedom. Everything changes when the arrival of a rebellious young man offers a possible escape: the only door to make those dreams come true.

Based on real events, Mapuche director Claudia Huaiquimilla paints a complex image of imprisoned youth clearly depicting the love and care they show toward each other day by day. These moments of love, joy, and care illuminate a warm, tender side of these young people, who are usually reduced to the stereotypical patterns of savagery, aggression, and other uncontrollable behavior.


“This film, shot during the Chilean uprising and completed during a global health crisis, resonates powerfully with social demands that are taking place in Chile. My Brothers Dream Awake paints a portrait of adolescent dreams burned by the system.” – Anna Bados, Vanja Munjin, Variety

“Warm and evocative, it will break your heart.” – Locarno Critics Academy

“The austerity and modesty that prevail in most of the scenes are in addition to the sensitivity that emerges in the small observations and the richness of the details...In these nuances lies the main value of a noble and genuine film that ratifies the good artistic path of its director.” – Diego Batlle, Otroscines

“Huaiquimilla is far more interested in how these imprisoned young men and women create a sense of community on their own and how they cope in this sterile, squeaky-clean environment, than on why they are there.” – Alejandro A. Riera, Mano Magazine

Main credits

Huaiquimilla, Claudia (film director)
Huaiquimilla, Claudia (screenwriter)
Greene, Pablo (screenwriter)
Cáceres Aguirre, Iván (actor)
Herrera Martínez, César (actor)
Bargsted, Andrew (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Mauro Veloso; editors, Andrea Chignoli, María José Salazar; music, Miguel Miranda, Miranda y Tobar.

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Guadalajara International Film Festival - Best Iberoamerican Film, Best Script, Best Actor; Valdivia International Film Festival - Best Film, Best Chilean Photography; Cineuropa - Best Actor; Rencontres de Toulouse - Grand Prix Coup de Coeur, Audience Award; Locarno Film Festival; FilmFest Hamburg; Chicago International Film Festival; Sao Paulo International Film Festival; SEMINCI; Miami Film Festival - Gems

DIRECTOR: Claudia Huaiquimilla


YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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