WE THE ANIMALS
USA / 2017 / English with Spanish subtitles / 90
Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King
Jeremiah Zagar, Daniel Kitrosser
Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel, Sheila Vand, Raul Castillo
Mar 8 - 20:45 Cine Colombia (Plaza Bocagrande) 5
Mar 11 - 15:30 Cine Colombia (Caribe Plaza) 2
Based on Justin Torres’s best-selling autobiographical novel We the Animals, this visually stunning film follows Jonah as he makes the inevitable and definitive transition from childhood to his teens. Born to a Puerto Rican father of mixed race and a white mother, Jonah is the youngest of three children of a similar age. He and his siblings grow up in a rural part of New York, amid economic difficulties and their parents’ constant bickering. Jonah takes refuge in his drawings and his diary, creating a magical world that distances him more and more from his brothers, who are influenced by their father’s alpha male stereotype, while the more sensitive Jonah feels closer to his mother and gradually comes to discover his homosexuality. Evocative photography creates a nostalgic, poetic atmosphere, which is accentuated by an arrhythmia of sorts between the visuals and the soundtrack, gently enveloping the pain of Jonah’s chaotic life with the same raw beauty of the secret world he has invented as a coping mechanism.
CONTACT & PRESS KIT
Born to hippie artists, on trips home from Emerson College, he started filming his parents, resulting in the documentary In A Dream, shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including Best Documentary. His next feature-length documentary was Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014). Other notable output includes the pilot episode for Showtime’s 7 Deadly Sins.