Pierro Bomba (2018): Chilean Juan Caceres Drama Wins at Guadalajara Construye

The big winner at 2018’s Guadalajara Construye, which wrapped March 11, was Chile’s Perro Bomba, from director Juan Caceres, well acted by Pablo Larraín regular Alfredo Castro.

Caceres’ debut feature takes aim at the arcane racism affecting Chile’s working class, and immigrants’ suffering from laws created during the regime of xenophobic dictator Augusto Pinochet, which remain today and affect more than half a million immigrants.

The film follows a Haitian immigrant called Steevens who is willing to put in the hard work to earn a residence permit. Taunted by construction site foreman Frederico (Castro), Steevens takes a swing at him, is lynched by the Chilesn media, and begins a descent into living totally beyond the law.