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NCLAFF: Toros y santos (Bulls and Saints) w/ El Soñador (Dreamer)

poster for Bulls and Saints; man being thrown from a bull at a rodeo
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Dir. by Rodrigo Dorfman and Peter Eversoll. 2023. 52 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Come early and get free popcorn, a drink, and a "special Purepecha surprise bag."

After 20 years of living in the United States, an undocumented family decides to return home. Little do they know it will be the most difficult journey of their lives. Set between the backdrop of the rodeo rings of North Carolina and the spellbinding Mexican hometown they long for, Bulls and Saints is a love story of reverse migration, rebellion, and redemption. Produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). Screening co-sponsored by PBS North Carolina.

With participation of Director, Rodrigo Dorfman; Producer Peter Eversoll; and members of the cast. Q&A follows the film.

Preceded by short film El Soñador (Dreamer) Dir. by Duncan Heger. USA/Latinx. 15 min. 2023. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

This film follows Oscar and his family as they overcome great obstacles as undocumented immigrants. Oscar's father, Armando, left Mexico to work in the tobacco fields in North Carolina to financially support his family. At the age of three, Oscar was brought to the states by his mother. They were separated at the border and Oscar's mother, Angelica, had to run for miles in the dead of night to be reunited with her son. Once in America, the journey was just beginning for the family. The film continues as it covers the present-day challenges that Oscar and his parents face. The film is set in North Carolina, home to the sixth-fastest growing Latinx population in the country. Oscar's story sheds light on the shifting demographics in the new south. Ultimately, this film is about redefining the American dream. To Oscar, the American dream is something as simple as a piece of paper that labels you as a U.S. citizen.