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Presented in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC

Chile, 2016
Mapudungun and Spanish with English subtitles | 89 min 
Director: Claudia Huaiquimilla

With a post-screening Q&A facilitated by members of the Network of Chilean Researchers in Canada – REDICEC. 

Tuesday, April 17
7 PM
The Cinematheque,
1131 Howe Street (btw Helmcken & Davie)

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**Note: We are presenting a repeat matinee screening for High School students on Wednesday, April 18. Please email for more information and to reserve spaces for your class. 

Using as a backdrop the ongoing conflict between Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche communities and the corporate forces who want to strip them of their lands, Mapuche director Claudia Huaiquimilla’s gripping first feature film focuses on the burgeoning friendship between two teenagers. After the rebellious Tano is arrested for his participation in a gas station robbery, he is sent from the city of Santiago to live with his estranged father in the remote mountain community of Wallmapu. There he meets Cheo, a shy Mapuche boy, who is being bullied at school. Though friendship between these two very different youths seems unlikely, the complications and violence of the world around them bonds them in unexpected and transformative ways.

“Huaiquimilla brilliantly weaves together themes both grand and intimate—a rich human tapestry played against an urgent social and environmental crisis. Rooted in strong performances and assured direction, Bad Influence is a heartfelt call to arms touching both heart and conscience.” Seattle International Film Festival

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Toulouse Cinélatino Film Festival.

Para su primer largometraje, la realizadora Claudia Huaiquimilla usa como trasfondo el continuo conflicto entre las comunidades mapuches de Chile y las fuerzas que quieren desalojarlas de sus tierras para narrar esta historia sobre la amistad entre dos adolescentes. Tano es enviado a la pequeña comunidad montañosa de Wallmapu bajo el cuidado de su padre tras ser arrestado por su participación en un robo violento. Allí se hace amigo de Cheo, un joven Mapuche víctima de hostigamiento en la escuela. Su amistad crece a la vez que la comunidad a su alrededor entra en punto de ebullición tras la muerte de un influyente líder mapuche.

Producers: Pablo Greene Flaten, Rebeca Gutiérrez Campos, Eduardo Villalobos Pino
Screenwriters: Claudia Huaiquimilla, Pablo Greene
Cinematographer: Matías Illanes
Editor: Valeria Hernández
Music: Miranda y Tobar
Cast: Andrew Bargsted, Eliseo Fernández, Francisco Pérez-Bannen, Francisca Gavilán, Ariel Mateluna, Sebastián Ayala

Claudia Huaiquimilla (Mariquina, Chile, 1987) is a Mapuche director and writer. She studied Audiovisual Direction at the Catholic University of Chile. Her short film San Juan, la noche más larga (2012) won a Special Jury Mention at Clermont-Ferrand. Mala junta (2016), her feature debut, won the Audience Award at the Toulouse Cinélatino Film Festival.

Please note: The trailer below does not have subtitles, but the film will be screened with English subtitles.