A escondidas (Hidden Away)

Feature Film Spain 2014

Ibrahim, a street-smart Moroccan, has entered Spain illegally and scrapes a living dealing drugs. When he is arrested, his fate is sealed: he faces deportation to Morocco. The only solution for him is to gather his few possessions together and to escape into the desolate streets of Bilbao suburbs. Rafa is beginning to realize he is gay, but he is still naive: he hates his schoolmates and he doesn't know how to cope with Marta, who wants something from him which he will never be able to give her. What Ibrahim and Rafa have in common is that they are both fourteen years old and they are both discriminated against. Their difficult paths will soon cross and then follow the same direction, moving towards the goal of living their youth to the fullest. Dealing with both racism and sexism, this is the second film by Spanish director and writer Mikel Rueda: it is reminiscent of André Téchiné's cinema style and is a clear-cut and bold depiction of early adolescence, with a rich '80s and '90s-inspired soundtrack.

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