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Screen: Special Showings

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

When: Tue., Nov. 18, 7 p.m. 2014

FILM | PELO MALO (BAD HAIR) | TUESDAY, NOV. 18, CHAPEL HILL

STONE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE—In his 2009 documentary Good Hair, Chris Rock explored the culture and constraints of African-American hair, and how it can be at odds with a pervasive backdrop of European beauty standards. Pelo Malo, a critically acclaimed 2013 drama from Venezuelan director Mariana Rondon, reminds us that hair getting tangled in identity is not only a domestic issue. In Caracas, 9-year-old Junior wants to iron out his curls—his "bad hair"—to look like the flowing mane of a pop singer for his yearbook photo. When his overworked, overwhelmed mother Marta infers that Junior is gay and sets out to "fix" him, the film finds an edgy part between two types of straightness. This screening, in Spanish with English subtitles, is part of UNC's annual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. 7 p.m., free, 150 South Rd., 919-962-9001, www.sonjahaynesstonectr.unc.edu. —Brian Howe

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