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The Wolves (Los Lobos)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Samuel Kishi Leopo / Feature Narrative / Mexico / 2019 / 95 min / In Cantonese, English, Spanish / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


Together with their mother Lucia, brothers Max and Leo have just crossed the border from Mexico into the United States of America in search of a better life. But it is not easy for them to gain a foothold in their new home country. Lucía tries her best to make ends meet by doing odd jobs, and while she is at work, the two brothers spend their days building an imaginary universe with their drawings and think about mom’s promise of one day going to Disneyland—their land of dreams.
In the film, the elusive Disneyland stands as the ultimate promise of a seemingly unattainable paradise for the children. There is an almost fairytale feel to the boys’ lives as they spend their days locked in a room, hoping for a magic lamp or similar fantastical trope to whisk them away to a better world. But real life is not like that, especially for an immigrant single mother. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in ‘The Wolves’ and this empathy shows in what is a tender retelling of a mother doing her best to survive adversity—fiercely honest, pessimistic at times, yet also full of hope.


Samuel Kishi Leopo
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Inna Payán Stoupignan, Leticia Carrillo Silva
Yordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza Benítez, Samuel Kishi Leopo
Production Designer
Hania Robledo
Mónica Lozano, Samuel Kishi Leopo
Kenji Kishi Leopo
Octavio Arauz
Sales Company
FiGa Films
Production Company
Animal de luz
Mario Martínez Cobos
Martha Reyes Arias, Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Cici Lau, Johnson T. Lau

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