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Country: VENEZUELA, URUGUAY, PERU
Run Time: 110 minutes
Some dreams are harder won than others. Recalled to Venezuela by family tragedy, Teo must put all dreams on hold in order to help his mother. A successful law student at the University of Paris, with a great job awaiting him, Teo was also realizing a dream of transitioning to a woman. But necessity forced Teo to abandon the pursuit of true identity and blend into society. Years later as a successful lawyer with two children, Teo's decides that her true nature will not stay buried. Now necessity demands for everything to be put at risk and challenge society to become the person she always needed to be. TAMARA graphically depicts both the physical and emotional paths Teo must follow to become Tamara, fighting not only her own doubts but also the prejudice and contempt of the world around her. With a superb lead performance and unwavering honesty and compassion, TAMARA charts the journey we all take in some form, showing how humanity cheers on to triumph. (In Spanish with subtitles) —C.R.
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 7:25 PM
CINEMA EN ESPAÑOL
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Elia K. Schneider
Elia K. Schneider was born in Venezuela. She studied dance and classical ballet from an early age. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of New York.
"Huelepega" (1999), "A Dot and A Line" (2004), "Desautorizados" (2010), TAMARA (2016)
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