Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego), dir. Tatiana Huezo, Mexico 2021, 111 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 15
From Mexican–Salvadorean director Tatiana Huezo (The Tiniest Place, Tempestad) comes a potent and powerful story of friendship, family and hope amid a rural community ravaged by the unending violence of the Mexican drug trade.
No corner of the state of Guerrero has escaped the destabilising effects of the narco industry – certainly not the rural mountain village that nine-year-old Ana (Ana Cristina Ordóñez González) and her friends call home. The threats of violence, human trafficking and even death are never far from her family or friends in a state – indeed, in a country – where growing up is less a ritual and more a matter of survival. A damning indictment of the hidden evils of an unjust war, Huezo’s powerful feature debut was chosen as Mexico’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
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