Things We Dare Not Do (Cosas que no hacemos), the second feature film by Mexican director and cinematographer Bruno Santamaría has its U.S. premiere in the Documentary and Out-look competitions at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, followed by its participation at the 11th edition of DOC NYC.
The film which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Film Festival, offers a choral portrait of a small coast village on Mexico’s Pacific coast, featuring sixteen-year-old Ñoño, a teenager who dances, runs, and plays with the free spirit of the younger kids he hangs around. But when an incident disrupts the seemingly idyllic atmosphere, Ñoño bravely takes the bold step of coming out to his parents, telling them he wants to dress as a woman.
Executive produced by Film of Vision and winner of the Best Film New Directors Award at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the Lima Film Festival, the film will be available to stream for Midwestern audiences (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri) during the Chicago Film Festival taking place October 14-25, and to audiences nationwide during DOC NYC between November 11-19.
With an exquisite cinematography by the director himself, Things We Dare Not Do 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.
Director 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 Weiwei, 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, Guadalajara and Morelia.