The past haunts the present in Guatemalan auteur Jayro Bustamante's chilling fusion of folk horror and political thriller, inspired by the real-life indictment of Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for crimes against humanity. In La Llorona, Enrique Monteverde (Julio Díaz), an infamous, aging military dictator, stands trial for atrocities committed against Guatemala's Maya communities. Amidst his legal troubles and the public's cry for justice, Enrique and his family become trapped in their palatial mansion. The arrival of an enigmatic Kaqchikel housekeeper Alma (María Mercedes Coroy) triggers a series of disturbing supernatural occurrences that forces Enrique to wonder if he will face extrajudicial punishment.
This screening will be followed by a community conversation led by the Cambio Center, exploring topics such as Indigenous identity, political movements, and folklore in Latin America.
Please note that FREE tickets for the public will be available online and at the Ragtag Box Office starting Thursday, November 16 at 12PM.
Director(s): Jayro Bustamante
Starring: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic, Julio Díaz
Country: Guatemala and France
Language(s): Spanish, Ixil, Kaqchikel with English subtitles
Content Warning(s): Racially or Sexually Motivated Violence
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)