The word nepantla represents a state of living in-between two or more cultures. It originated in sixteenth century Nahuatl to define how Aztecs felt caught between their own culture and that of the Spanish during colonization. But today it means a lot more and it’s come to represent a positive melding of perspectives, ideas, beliefs and identities. Inspired by this exchange,
Cine Nepantla, a film-driven event from the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA), celebrates “states of being” in film from Latin creators every year, and this year they’re doing it virtually, presenting the horror mockumentary FERAL.
Directed by Mexican filmmaker Andrés Kaiser, the movie takes place in the Oaxacan mountains, and involves found footage of video diaries and interviews detailing horrific events involving a priest/therapist and his troubled, “feral” young patients.
Fri., March 26- Sun., March 28; $5. Screening at lacla.uscreen.io/. A post-streaming discussion in English & Spanish with director Andres Kaiser & critic Guido Segal follows.