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Directed by Laura Bari
95 min | 2018 | Canada/Argentina | Not Rated
Primas is an evocative and poetic portrait of two Argentine teenage cousins who come of age together as they overcome the heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods.
When Rocío was 10 years old, she was dragged from her bike by a stranger, raped, set on fire and left for dead. Now a teenager, she still grapples with memories of the nightmarish assault that left her body scarred. Together with her cousin Aldana, who was sexually abused for years by her own father, she lives, laughs and shares her story. Traveling through Argentina and Montreal, the two cousins embark upon a program of theater, dance, and circus that helps them process complex emotions. Little by little, they manage to rebuild the lives that were so brutally stolen from them and free themselves from the shadows of their past.
A humanistic exploration of familial love, creativity, and courage in the wake of sexual violence, Primas is a moving tribute to the deep strength of resilient women.
Winner: People’s Choice Award–2018 Mar del Plata Film Festival