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Foreign film: Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

Once a month, Hodges Library will host free screenings of independent and foreign films. Sharpen your language skills and join fellow film buffs for a post-screening critique.

Free screening Tuesday, Nov. 13
Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) (2013)
Language: Spanish
7–9 p.m., Hodges Library auditorium


A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer.

As the opportunity approaches to have his photo taken for the new school year, that ache turns into a fiery longing. Junior's mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), is barely hanging on. The father of her children has died, she recently lost her job as a security guard, and she now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother. Junior doesn't even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts Marta to set out to "correct" Junior's condition before it fully takes hold. This story provides an exploration of Venezuelan cultural views of gender and sexuality. And it all transpires behind a backdrop of economic, civil, and political unrest.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

John C Hodges Library, Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Exhibits & Films





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