Things We Dare Not Do (Cosas que no hacemos), the second feature film by Mexican director and cinematographer Bruno Santamaría and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook, will have its world premiere in the World Showcase section at the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Winner of a Post-Production Award in the Cabos International Film Festival, Things We Dare Not Do features sixteen-year-old Ñoño, a teenager who dances, runs, and plays with the free spirit of the younger kids he hangs around in his small Pacific coast village. But when a killing disrupts the seemingly idyllic atmosphere, with its suggestion of corrosive machismo, Ñoño bravely takes the bold step of coming out to his parents, telling them he wants to dress as a woman.
With an exquisite cinematography by the director himself, the film takes the contemporary struggle for queer identity out of the usual urban setting, providing a fresh perspective on the issue and and a moving tale of emancipation.
Bruno Santamaría (Mexico, 1986) is a cinematographer and documentary director graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. Margarita marked his directorial debut, which received a a Mezcal Prize special mention at the 2016 Guadalajara Festival. As a cinematographer he has worked in Vivos by Ai Wei Wei, The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life by Zita Erffa and Artemio by Sandra Luz López, among others. His work has been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, Hot Docs, FIPA, Sheffield Doc Fest, Camerimage, FICG and FICM.