This coming-of-age story finds 9-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange) living in near-poverty in Caracas, Venezuela, with his single mother (Samantha Castillo) and baby brother. Junior's best friend imagines herself entering beauty pageants, and he obsesses about straightening his curly hair and becoming a pop singer.
Addressing issues of burgeoning sexuality and complicated gender roles, Mariana Rondón’s critically acclaimed 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 against 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.