TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID

Tigers-Are-Not-Afraid-4Director: Issa Lopez | Mexico | 2017 | 83 mins

Young Estrella has been orphaned by the horrific violence of the Mexican cartels. Lost and alone, she finds companionship in a gang of fellow drug war orphans, and together they fight for survival on the streets. Life is brutal, especially when the kids find themselves remorselessly stalked by a local cartel. Shadowed by her mother’s ghost and charged with a mysterious supernatural energy, Estrella sets off a chain reaction which has deadly consequences for the group.

Director Issa López cleverly juxtaposes innocence and violence in the most devastating way; through whimsical fantasy and gorgeous visual realisations, we as adults witness and comprehend these atrocities through the eyes of a child. TIGERS is a hauntingly beautiful contemporary fairy-tale, with astonishing performances from the film’s child actors.

Screening with THE DAY MY MOTHER BECAME A MONSTER