From OFS Programmer Jim Christiansen: A couple of weeks back, before a sell-out crowd, the Ojai Film Society screened Barbara, about a doctor living under the intrusive eye of the Stasi in 1980 East Germany. On May 19, Clandestine Childhood offers another view of life under a repressive regime.
Remember how it was when you were 12 years old? Making friends? Seeing girls or boys in a new light? Perhaps moving, changing schools? In all likelihood, adolescence was a challenge. With those times in mind, imagine how it is for 12-year old Juan, the protagonist in Clandestine Childhood.
It’s 1979 Argentina. Juan’s parents aren’t simply on the run for their past political activities. They’re involved, in the present, trying to bring down a military junta. And their guerilla activities bring a new, daunting twist to adolescence and the family relationship.
With fine performances, gorgeous camera work, and an imaginative use of animation, director Benjamin Avila faithfully records the story from Juan’s unique perspective—similar to his peers, yet fundamentally different. Picturing yourself in Juan’s shoes makes Clandestine Childhood an engrossing tale.