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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Mexico

Machete Language Machete Language

It’s one thing to talk, or even sing, about revolution. It’s another to take one up. Ray and Ramona are not blind to the corruption and injustice that engulf the less fortunate in their country. Ramona finds an outlet in her music, but Ray struggles to find a cause

Spanish with subtitles, 85 min

Miss Bala Miss Bala

Equal doses of unrelenting action, beauty queen fantasy, and social disquiet rule this detached tale of drug trafficking in Baja California, inspired by a true story. On her way to compete in her first beauty pageant, Laura is swept up in a gangland slaying and suddenly finds herself forced to work as a mule in order to save her own life.

Spanish with subtitles, 113 min

Morocco

On the Edge On the Edge

Badia and Imane dream of leaving their job at a shrimp processing plant in Tangier and working in the “Free Zone”, an enclave beyond the capital city that boasts European business practices and proffers entry into a better life. The twosome befriend another duo who work at a textile plant in the "Free Zone" and begin making some extra cash stealing goods to resell on the black market. Moody and edgy, reflecting the girls' own restiveness, this noir-infused tale plaintively examines the cost of class aspiration in an unyielding society.

Arabic with subtitles, 106 min