It Runs in the Family
Lo que se hereda
In this deeply personal, richly textured documentary, a queer filmmaker discovers that she’s related to a long-forgotten pioneer of Caribbean cinema.
Guillermo Zouain, Wendy Muñiz, Victoria Linares
Dominican Republic-USA 2022. 83min
Spanish. With English subtitles
Sales Zero Chill
Oscar Torres is known as one of the earliest Dominican filmmakers who, during the vicious dictatorship of Trujillo, fled to Cuba to make powerful socialist films. So why has Victoria Linares only just discovered that she’s related to him and why does Torres appear so absent from the family’s archive? As she investigates the life of her cousin, she’s dismayed to learn that every trace of him has been removed from family records. Using home movies, extracts from Oscar’s films, the re-staging of his un-filmed work and creatively recreated conversations with those who knew him, Victoria pieces together the extraordinary life of a queer filmmaker, and begins to re-evaluate her own past and place in her family.
Contains scenes and discussions of sexual violence.
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