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Migrant family tale, imbued with a sense of magic, innocence, and poetry to yield a wonderful story of hope.

In a uptown apartment in New Mexico, Lucia and her two sons attempt to make their new home. While she’s out working all day, the boys create fantastic worlds in the room, drawing on Mexican myths and recollections of their grandfather. Vivid animations and Halloween spirits break up the day-to-day drabness. The boys meet kindness in the Chinese neighbours and seek friendship with rough and tough neighbour boys.

A small film with huge themes, reflected in the little family desperately seeking to be safe at home.

An accompanying study guide from the Asesoría de Educación en Irlanda is available to download from ifi.ie/studyguides.

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  • Runtime
    95 minutes
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  • Rating
    IFI Age Recommendation 14+
  • Director
    Samuel Kishi