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Year: 2010
Runtime: 60 min
Language: Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Marcelo Bukin

Producer: Marcelo Bukin, Amy Lo


Nicaragua 2008. The outskirts of a village submerged in extreme poverty. We are in an art class with a group of young children drawing on large pieces of paper. One by one, each child explains what he or she has created, and the viewer dives into their inner worlds, visually illustrated with verite footage juxtaposed with poetic, dream-like sequences and the children's own drawings.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Since the end of the Sandinista/Contra war in 1990, 80% of its people have lived in chronic poverty, with children the front-line victims. In DREAMING NICARAGUA the children's stories open up for the audience issues that inhabit their daily lives, including education, health, child labor, domestic violence, illegal immigration, and unemployment. As the film unfolds, these issues and individual experiences inter-connect and coalesce organically to form an intimate portrait of Nicaragua today, seen directly through the eyes of its youngest generation.

FLIFF is offering the program at Cinema Paradiso free for any Broward County based school (public or private), through a grant from The Amaturo Family Foundation. If you have a group that would like to attend, please email greg@fliff.com to make arrangements.

Special Guest: Marcelo Bukin (Nov 3rd)

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