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Courtesy of Figa Films

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Directed by Mariana Rondón

2013, in Spanish with English subtitles


93 minutes



Bad Hair

Pelo malo

This critically acclaimed coming-of-age story finds nine-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange) living in near-poverty in Caracas with his single mother and baby brother. While his best friend dreams of entering beauty pageants and his grandmother tries to adorn him in fancy clothes, Junior obsesses about straightening his curly hair and becoming a singer. Addressing issues of burgeoning sexuality and complicated gender roles, Mariana Rondón’s third feature film is an intelligent, tender, and at times desolate portrayal of what it is like to grow up when one is a bit different. Set within the backdrop of contemporary Venezuela, Bad Hair speaks to a wider political and social situation afflicting the country. Bad Hair was the sold-out closing film for the Museum's Latin Wave 9 film series.

Parental Advisory: This film is not rated. It contains two brief scenes with sexual encounters.