Adulthood comes early for Chala who at 11-years old must provide for himself and his addict mother by raising carrier pigeons and training dogs to fight. School provides a welcome respite for Chala who finds support and guidance in the gregarious Carmela, his teacher and sole advocate. One day, Chala is sent to live in a “re-education facility” much to the outrage of Carmela. She embarks on a crusade to have Chala released and in the process goes against the obstinate school board who remain unmoved by Carmela’s inspirational cause. Her unwavering tenacity rallies support from her peers and together they become part of a movement that calls for significant educational reforms. This rousing film and Cuba’s submission for the 2014 Oscars for the Best Foreign Film category is sure to move you in unexpected ways.
- 1 hr 27 min