Perro Bomba

(Perro bomba)
Juan Cáceres | Drama, Fiction

2019 | 80 minutes | Chile, France

Steevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun. This precariously balanced life is disrupted when a childhood friend arrives seeking assistance to establish himself.

Synopsis

Steevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun.

This precariously balanced life is disrupted when Junior, a childhood friend from Haiti, arrives in Chile seeking assistance from Steevens to establish himself. Junior has entered Chile without papers and doesn’t speak any Spanish. Steevens does everything he can to support his friend and even manages to get him a job with his employer. When an incident at their workplace erupts racial tensions and stokes a large anti-immigration sentiment in the city, Steveens loses his working documents. Now without a job, Steveens has to vacate his home and is left to wander the city, looking for a chance to restart his life beyond the margins of society.

Reviews

"Caceres' debut feature, the film takes aim at the arcane racism affecting above all Chile's working class, and immigrants' suffering from laws born in the time of a xenophobic dictator Augusto Pinochet which remain today and affect more than half a million immigrants." — Jamie Lang, Variety

"Perro Bomba makes it clear early on that it is unwilling to sugar-coat its depiction of the Haitian immigrant experience, shining a spotlight on denigration in an ulcer-inducing, emotional gut-punch of a film...providing an unflinching depiction of racial abuse that cuts razor-sharp." — Hagan Osborne, FilmInk

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Main credits

Caceres, Juan (film director)
Castro, Alfredo (actor)
Lewin, Blanca (actor)
Salgado, Gáston (actor)
Valcin, Junior (actor)
Benjamin, Steevens (actor)
Ugarte, Alejandro (film producer)
Sandoval, Esteban (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Valeria Fuentes; editor, Andrea Chignoli, Diego Figueroa; music, Pablo Mondragón.


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Keywords
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Festivals

Guadalajara International Film Festival
Cartagena International Film Festival
Málaga Film Festival - Best Ibero American Film, Best Actor, Audience Award
Havana Film Festival - Colateral Awards Casa de las Américas, Roque Dalton Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Films in Progress
Festival Internacional de Cine de Chiloé - Best Chilean Feature Film

DIRECTOR: Juan Cáceres

NATIONALITY: Chile, France

YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Haitian Creole

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults

SUBTITLE/CC: AVAILABLE

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: NOT AVAILABLE

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