Directed by Mariana Rondon
FEATURE NARRATIVE 93 Minutes US Premiere
Junior is a precocious 9-year-old boy living in the housing projects of Caracas who wants nothing more than to straighten his head of tight curls for his yearbook photo. A desire that borders on obsession, it stirs homophobic panic in his mother, Marta, who is overtaxed from losing her husband, raising two children, and attempting to find a job. As she sharply recoils at Junior’s self-expression and abrasively acts to correct his behavior, Junior manages to find acceptance (and straight hair) in the company of his loving grandmother. From Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondon and featuring newcomer Samuel Lange in a beautifully standout performance, Bad Hair is a painfully tender coming-of-age drama about a boy caught in a maelstrom of identity and intolerance.

-Liza Domnitz
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Director, screenwriter, and visual artist, Mariana Rondón, was born in Venezuela. Her first feature, At Midnight and a Half (2000) received five Opera Prima Awards. Her last feature, Postcards from Leningrad (2007), received 23 international awards.
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Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Marite Ugas
  • Composer:
    Camilo Froideval
  • Editor:
    Marite Ugas
  • Director:
    Mariana Rondon
  • Screenwriter:
    Mariana Rondon
  • Cinematographer:
    Micaela Cajahuaringa
  • Cast:
    Samuel Lange, Samatha Castillo, Nelly Ramos, Beto Benites
  • Sound Design:
    Lena Esquenazi

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