A jaw-dropping film that blends reality and the supernatural in a beautiful way. It feels like a spiritual sequel to Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone or Pan's Labyrinth, except with a more modern, realistic setting.
A group of children in an unnamed Mexican city have lost their parents to the violent activities of gangs and drug-lords. A loyal gang of pre-teens, headed by Shine, work together to survive in their parent-less world and to keep the gangs at bay. Add into the mix Estrella, who also recently lost her mother and has been granted three wishes by her teacher (classes have been discontinued due to the rampant violence). Her first wish is to have her mother back. With that wish seemingly granted (via something akin to The Monkey’s Paw), she takes up with Shine and his fellow gang members – and they work together to seek vengeance against these evil men who have destroyed their families.
Writer and director Issa López will take part in a Q&A following the screening.
A cautionary fable, an unflinching look at the damages of drug culture, and a ray of hope to the end of that culture, Tigers Are Not Afraid is a work of immense beauty, pain, fear and joy.SCREEN ANARCHY