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Radical

PREMIERE
FRI 15 MARCH 7:00PM AEDT

PRESENTED BY THE BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL

Christopher Zalla

Cast: Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Haddad, Gilberto Barraza

Mexico | 2023 | 125 | Rated M

In Spanish with English subtitles

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Who will the sixth grade students at Jose Urbina Lopez Elementary in Matamoros become? They are among the worst performing students in Mexico, the world they know is one of violence and hardship, and their classrooms are dominated by an atmosphere of overbearing discipline, not possibility. It might seem like a dead end... but it is also the perfect place for new teacher Sergio Juarez to try something different. There’s just one problem: Sergio (Eugenio Derbez) has no idea what he’s doing.

Writer/Director Christopher Zalla (Blood of My Blood) has crafted an honest, playful, powerfully inspiring story about a teacher who takes a radical approach with overlooked, apathetic kids to trigger their curiosity and discover the joy of learning... to let kids – who live in a world where they can’t be kids – become kids again.

“Subliming moving.  Zalla teaches a lesson on how to deliver an affirming, emotional gut punch.” - NY Post

“An uplifting story full of hope and heart.” – Slash Film
 

AWARDS

Festival Favourite Award

Sundance Film Festival 2023

 

Best Narrative Feature

Heartland International Film Festival 2023

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