Primas

Primas

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
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Laura Bari | 
Canada/Argentina |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

THE MONDAY MAY 7 SCREENING IS PART OF RATED Y FOR YOUTH AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.

CONSUMER PROTECTION BC CLASSIFICATION
Primas (PG)

Rocío and Aldana are two young women whose lives have already been marked by profound trauma. The two girls are cousins, and while they go about their daily lives in Argentina facing the same excitement and challenges as their peers, they both carry the weight of the respective experiences that have shaped them. When she was only ten years old, Rocío, now 18, was kidnapped by a stranger, raped, and horribly burned by the side of a road. Her cousin Aldana suffered ongoing sexual abuse by her father, and is only now beginning to come to terms with the full psychological and emotional damage.

Laura Bari’s moving and poetic film follows the two girls as they begin to claim agency and tell their truths to themselves and each other. Through expressive journaling and reflection, as well as opening up to their aunt’s camera, Rocío and Aldana allow space for their grief and confusion, but also demonstrate their incredible strength and resilience. Memories are blurred with pain and the girls’ emotions are given full life through Bari’s lens, which eloquently expresses the fragile and vulnerable process of learning to heal. At Bari’s invitation, the cousins travel from Argentina to Montreal, where they use dance, theatre, and movement to process their experiences and reclaim their bodies and spirits. The result, powerfully captured in Primas, is a poignant exploration of growth out of trauma, and life and creativity persisting in the face of suffering. -PP

 

Filmmaker

Laura Bari

Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge arts, cultures and mental health. Antoine (2009), her first full-length film, was shown at some thirty festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Ariel (2013) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of an Argentinean man rebuilding his identity after a terrible accident. Revealing once again the power of imagination through Laura’s unique artistic approach, she pushes the boundaries between real and unreal. To complete the trilogy, Primas (2017) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of two Argentinean adolescents, who survive horrendous crimes during their infancies.