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	Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

	The award winning and critically acclaimed film, BAD HAIR (PELO
MALO), directed by Mariana Rondón, is now available for EDUCATIONAL
PURCHASE. 

	Critics’ Pick “An uncomfortably accurate depiction of a poignant
mother-son power struggle in a fatherless family. [A] hard little gem
of a film.” NEW YORK TIMES 

	Recommended “This is an accomplished piece of social realist
filmmaking, clear-eyed but tender.” CHICAGO READER 

	“One of the best films you'll see this year.” SOUND AND SIGHT 

	Junior is a precocious 9-year-old boy living in the housing projects
of Caracas who wants nothing more than to straighten his tight curls
for his yearbook photo. This desire, which borders on obsession,
stirs homophobic panic in his mother, who is overtaxed from losing
her husband, raising two children, and attempting to find a job. BAD
HAIR showcases the cultural realities of working-class Venezuelans and
shows the warmth and humor between mother and son even as the
uncertainties of pre-adolescence threaten to pull them apart. 

	BAD HAIR is an indispensable resource for Adolescence, Youth and
Family Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Sociology, and
Latin-American Studies among other disciplines BAD HAIR is High
School Appropriate. 

	YOU CAN WATCH THE TRAILER AND ORDER THE DVD
HERE: http://pragda.com/films/bad-hair 

	View Pragda’s NEW RELEASES here: http://pragda.com/films

	FESTIVALS & AWARDS:
Toronto International Film Festival
Havana International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize: Best Film
San Sebastian International Film Festival – Golden Seashell,
Sebastiane Award
Mar del Plata Film Festival – Best Director, Best Screenplay
Montreal Festival of New Cinema – Acting Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival – FRIPESCI Award, Bronze Alexander
Rencontres Cinématographiques de CANNES – Best Film  

	ADDITIONAL REVIEWS 

	”10 Latino Film to See From 2014." NBC NEWS 

	“The Best Films of 2014 According to the Indie Film Community.”
INDIEWIRE 

	“A spare neorealist drama that holds attention and emotional
involvement with its deft balance of toughness and
sensitivity.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

	“The main attraction at this years San Sebastián, where it took
home the top award, Mariana Rondóns Pelo Malo smartly draws from
Italian neorealism to create an intimate, sparely successful
depiction of hardship during childhood and sexual identity.” Pedro
Ponte, TWITCH 

	“Bold and intelligently perceptive film. Rondóns enthralling Bad
Hair certainly challenges your prejudices.” Vanessa Martinez,
INDIEWIRE 

	“Rondón does a superb job of handling Juniors embryonic instincts,
partly manifested by a pre-sexual attraction to a kiosk vendor he
spies from his window.”  Jay Weissberg, VARIETY 

	“The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto
International Film Festival] was Bad Hair.” - Kent Turner, FILM
FORWARD 

	“Rondón manages to capture both the wide-eyed innocence of
childhood and the grating sound of that innocence scraping against
the harsh realities of economically oppressive urban life.” Brandy
Dean, PRETTY CLEVER FILMS 

	ABOUT PRAGDA
PRAGDA is a cultural initiative that specializes in offering Latin
American and Spanish films of educational interest for students
focused in Latin American studies, Spanish and Portuguese language
studies, ethnic studies, womens studies, history, sociology,
politics, art and media studies, and international studies among
others. Our collection includes films by such notable directors as
Lucia Puenzo, Juan Carlos Valdivia, Fernando Trueba, Pablo Larraín,
Mariana Rondón, and many others. To learn more about Pragda,
visit www.pragda.com

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