Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
I recently facilitated a pilot program, "Community Conversations," at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). One of the "conversations" we hosted was for "Bastards y Diablos." These are not filmmaker Q & A's; these are discussions about how the film actually impacted the viewer. Participants shared their unfiltered responses very personally about how the film made them feel. It was a moving experience for all involved. Many spoke of their relationships with their fathers and their brothers, and unfinished business with their families.
I've seen the film twice. As with all good films, the second time is always better. I could really focus on the nuances of the writing and performances. It's a powerful Hero's Journey, connecting the dots of our past and coming to reconciliation.
The writing, acting, cinematography and music are all top-notch as well.
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